2017 LyriK Awards Wrap Up

Posted on July 27, 2017 · Posted in Uncategorized
Round 22 of the LyriK Awards ceremony was held Thursday 29 July, 2017 with 33 nominees and 11 award category recipients.
Kai Donalson (a LyriK Ambassador) and previous winner of 2016 LyriK Achievement Award was the MC for the evening. The crowd was entertained by young local talented performers and special guests Mayor Carol Adams and Councillors Wendy Cooper, Ruth Alexander and Bob Thompson, Peter Tinley MA Minister for Youth, Reece Whitby MLA, Ross Wortham YACWA, Scott Hansen ALCOA, Diana Barry Office for the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

The individual category award recipients received a $250 incentive to spend on an opportunity of their choosing. Category winners were also given a further $50 to donate to a charity of their choice.
 “The LyriK Awards recognise the achievements of our young leaders in the Kwinana community,” ~ Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.
In 2017, the LyriK Awards enters its 11th year. With almost 500 nominations over this time, it really showcases the calibre of young people in Kwinana. The LyriK Awards have six award categories  and the awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge positive young people aged 10 to 18 years, who are making a positive impact on the Kwinana Community.
 “They highlight young people who are not afraid to think differently and inspire their peers. Each year I am more and more impressed to see the level of leadership and initiative shown by young people in our City.” ~ Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.
The LyriK Awards would not be possible without the amazing work of the Kwinana Youth Services team, support from parents, teachers, community members and from the youth of Kwinana. As well as our corporate sponsors Coogee Chemicals and Alcoa for their support and generosity.

And the winners are:

Winner of the Achievement Award in the 10 to 14 age group – Sophie Lance
Sophie was acknowledged by her mother for her commitment to her creative talents and art and her passion, time, energy, study and practice has turned into what began as a hobby into something much more. Sophie’s talents have seen her exhibit work in three exhibitions with Rockingham Regional Arts and not only was she selected as one of the top five youth entries for this years ‘Wearable Art Showcase’ at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, she won the Youth Award as well! Finally, she earned a coveted high school placement in the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts program at John Curtin College of the Arts.
Winner of the Achievement Award in the 15 to 18 age group – Thomas Pratt
Thomas was nominated by Debbie Hoey from the Kwinana Industries Council and has achieved so much in the two years she has known him. In Year 12, he competed at the WorldSkills event and won the Gold medal for WA. He then went to the Nationals where he won the Gold medal for Metals and Engineering. At the end of his traineeship he gained an apprenticeship at Kleenheat. He often attends the graduation ceremonies for Year 10 programs and talks to the students about his career pathway and how they can achieve success just like him. He inspires them to do their best.
Winner of the Mateship Award – Calum Earnshaw
Calum was nominated by his teacher for being a positive peer mentor to a fellow struggling student who attends the same school. Calum has been successfully undertaking a school based traineeship over the past 12 months,​​​ however he recently approached school staff to offer a solution to assist a fellow at-risk student. Showing empathy, Calum offered to peer mentor this particular student and has gone to great lengths to make sure this student has a second chance, even as far as negotiating with his current employer to have this student accompany him one day a week at this workplace to gain some valuable work experience and skills. This mentorship has had such a positive impact on the affected student and the school has already seen a change in this student’s demeanour and attitude.
Winner of the Inspiration Award in the 10 to 14 age group – Ashleigh Reidy
Ashleigh was nominated by her netball coach who writes that Ashleigh also loves her basketball and as well as playing club netball, she also plays for the Cockburn Cougars in the WA Basketball League. She has achieved success in basketball and has been selected to represent WA in 2016 in the State School Girls team and in 2017, she was selected for the Southern Cross Challenge to play in Melbourne. Ashleigh has overcome difficulties with her mother being diagnosed with breast cancer last year who under went various treatments. This, however didn’t stop Ashleigh and her family from helping her achieve her dreams. At 13 years of age this is testament to her commitment and determination and Ashleigh is a role model to not only the Aboriginal young people, but all young people within the community.
Winner of the Inspiration Award in the 15 to 18 age group – Hayley O’Neil 
Hayley was nominated by her school teacher and faced many challenges both in school and home environments. To her credit, she has shown leadership qualities at school, becoming a role model to other students and a valued member of the community. She’s had to overcome her insecurities and constantly step out of her comfort zone. Her achievement in spite of these challenges is inspirational. She is currently working with Activ as a School based trainee and is undertaking a Certificate 3 in Individual Support and her salaried position is working at Activ in Rockingham supporting people with disabilities to achieve.
Winner of the Respect Award – Bonnie Kickett
Bonnie was nominated by a local Youth Worker who has known her for the past three years. She consistently displays respect to the staff and other young people attending the Zone Youth Centre and programs out in the Kwinana community. She carefully listens to other people, responding with care, respect and humour, setting a wonderful example for her peers. Bonnie has great leadership skills and is always willing to help staff or other young people and takes an active role in the BeatBall youth program where she assists staff to sort the other young people into teams and assists with scoring the games when needed. She consistently shows us how we should all treat each other with kindness, fairness and respect and other young people around Bonnie certainly benefit from observing her continually setting positive examples.
Winner of the Teamwork Award – Kwinana Knights Junior Football Club
The Kwinana Knights Junior Football Club was nominated by a parent of the club who writes that this particular grade wasn’t going to field a team this year due to a number of players moving to another club. Despite this, they’ve pulled together with mateship and comradery and continued on nevertheless and even though they thought they may not have a team they’ve inspired​ other young people to want to join. They are inspiring to say the least and continue to all play in a respectful and diligent manner even when other teams heckle and mock them.
Winner of the Leadership Award in the 10 to 14 age group – Sophee Tilbury
Sophee was nominated by two people – her father and her school teacher and is described as a dedicated student Councillor. She attends every meeting and contributes respectfully to meeting discussions. She is an enthusiastic community member who attends the Kwinana Girl’s group, takes part in recreational fishing, sustainable gardening and creates visual art with recycled products. Sophee is also a generous person who, when presented with the challenge to donate some small items to Australian Soldiers, returned a week later with a whole box full of donations. Sophee is a friendly and positive student who takes pride in her work and she is a valued member of the classroom.
Winner of the Leadership Award in the 15 to 18 age group – Tia Jones
Tia was nominated by her School Principal at Gilmore College. Tia undertakes an incredible amount of charitable work as a member of the Kwinana Salvation Army in Medina and as a 17-year-old, she distinguishes herself through activities wher​e she is (among other things) a Red Shield Appeal volunteer, a Christmas Appeal Volunteer, jumble sale volunteer, Senior Soldier (Medina Corps), Sunday School Leader, Leader at Underprivileged Children Camps (Salvation Army Youth Camps), Leader of Salvation Army Kwinana Youth Holiday Program, Junior Youth Group Leader and a regular speaker at community events. Further to this, Tia can only be described as a quiet achiever who asks little of her community in return, gives without asking and provides through her actions an example to other young people of what can be achieved at such a young age. At the same time as all of this, she is a successful Year 12 Gilmore College KIC Engineering Program student with a bright future in local industry.
Winner of the Progress Award – Bailey Ballard 
Bailey is a young aboriginal man nominated again in the inspiration category by his Follow The Dream Coordinator – Dave Smith, who felt his contributions to school life including the AIME program as a program ambassador and the Gilmore College and Clontarf Academy communities has been inspirational. Bailey regularly contributes to school and cultural life by writing and performing his own raps and performing at local cultural events and in Dave’s words, “although small in stature, he has a big heart and personality.”
Winner of the LyriK Young Person of the Year Award 2017 – Ebony Pavlov
Ebony was nominated twice for a LyriK Award by her mother and by a local youth worker in the Inspiration category. Her nominators describe her as being very active in the local community through a range of activities including volunteering her time to help others by coaching Tee Ball, attending Emergency Services Cadets, Uniting Care West, Kwinana Reach Youth Group and has also been a peer counsellor with Camp Kulin. Notably, she is currently Chairperson of Kwinana Youth Advisory Council and a previous LyriK Award nominee and nominee for Citizen of the Year (under 25) in the Kwinana Premiers Awards for Active Citizenship in 2017. As a teen herself, Ebony has overcome her own personal struggles yet still continues to display a positive attitude and outlook on life in order to help others.