In 2017 the University of Adelaide continued its support to the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards – South Australia’s premier Youth Awards which aim to encourage, reward and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young South Australians 28 years and under.
Initiatives such as this provide outstanding opportunities for our new and future leaders and role models to the community.
Amongst the 2017 winners announced at a Gala Dinner on Friday 28th April at the Hilton Adelaide, four of our very own students and graduates were awarded.
Ysabella Van Sebille, took the University of Adelaide Science and Technology Award. Ysabella is currently completing her PhD in Medicine. Through her PhD, she is researching the toxic effects of anti-cancer therapies on the gastrointestinal tract. Her research has been translated into clinical trials and has received many awards. Ysabella is also an ambassador for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine; and mentors students and volunteers as a tutor for the Australian Refugee Association.
Ellie Lovegrove, was the winner of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award. Ellie is a current CASM student and a proud Ngarrindjeri woman, a singer and a member of the Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group. She has toured throughout Australia, creating music that empowers; celebrates her Aboriginality and challenges negative stereotypes. Ellie visits schools and speaks to students about racism and building resilience. She presented at the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Creative Health Workshop educating young people on sexual health and safety.
Emma Kelly, was awarded the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award. Emma is a student for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and initiated the Yalata Kidney Health Festival. Six medical and nursing students travelled to the remote indigenous community of Yalata to run educational and fun workshops and activities at the local school and healthcare centres. Hosted over three days, the Festival has a strong emphasis on teaching and inspiring community members on ways to maintain good kidney health.
Finally our alumni, Elisabeth Beltrame, was the winner of the Scouts SA Leadership Award. Elisabeth has been an active leader in Rotary International for over eight years and facilitates the Rotary Youth Leadership and Enrichment Programs. In 2012, Elisabeth established the Rotaract Club of Adelaide City for 18-30 year old's. Last year, she became the youngest President in the District. She has brought to her club fresh ideas and young members with a focus on fundraising for youth and women in developing countries and empowering women through education.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and the other 9 University of Adelaide finalists that made it to the final round.