Youth Recognition Awards 2021

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Young people are valuable members of our community, they offer unique perspectives, talents and vibrancy which benefit the broader communities in our region.

They often face challenges that require resilience, creativity and positivity and they demonstrate strengths and abilities to overcome them.

Annually the Onkaparinga Youth Committee deliver the Youth Recognition Awards, where young people are recognised, celebrated and honoured for their outstanding actions in improving their communities, self and securing their futures.  

The awards are presented at the City of Onkaparinga Regen Festival and will be presented by
Mayor Erin Thompson.

We receive nominations for the awards from a range of sources including teachers, parents, youth workers and community service leaders. We thank the nominators for their time in making nominations and congratulate the young people nominated for their outstanding personal and community contributions and achievements.

The young people listed in this booklet have been nominated to receive a 2021 Youth Recognition Award from the City of Onkaparinga.

The Youth Recognition Awards are held each year, they are a great opportunity to acknowledge young people for their achievements and contributions to community that are not ordinarily recognised.

As a community, we are fortunate to have such engaged young people, and the Youth Recognition Awards is our humble way of showing gratitude to the valuable leadership and contributions of our young people.

Onkaparinga Youth Committee (OYC)

The OYC is the organising body for the Youth Recognition Awards and consists of young people aged 12-25 years who are passionate about playing an active role in their community. The awards were developed by the OYC as a way of celebrating the valuable contributions young people make to our community.

The OYC is committed to ensuring young people’s views and needs are considered a priority for the
City of Onkaparinga now and into the future.

The aims of the OYC are to:

  • represent the views of young people to elected members, council staff and other organisations or agencies
  • improve community perceptions of young people and bridge the intergenerational gap at times present with the broader community
  • develop and organise positive opportunities and initiatives for young people
  • promote active citizenship.

    The OYC provides young people with the opportunity to:

  • contribute and have a say about their local communities
  • access leadership training and professional development
  • become actively involved in community life and influence community development
  • develop skills and partnerships for working with councils, government and the broader community
  • become involved in the development and implementation of local strategy and policy
  • actively engage in developing and implementing solutions to address issues identified.

If you would like to be a part of the OYC or be provided with more information contact Jolyn Phillipps, Community Development Officer - Youth on 0420 831 179 or Jolyn.Phillipps@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Learning success

Pearl George - Winner 2021

The inaugural recipient of the Onkaparinga Youth SALA Mentorship program, Pearl has worked to put together her first solo exhibition for SALA Festival in 2020 (South Australia Living Artists Festival). Pearl worked incredibly hard and challenged herself to create a deeply reflective and celebratory body of work which was exhibited at Wardli Youth Centre in August last year. Following on from this she has become a Duke of Ed participant about to complete her Bronze Award. Along with her art making she also volunteers for numerous organisations and performs with ‘South Coast Circus’ at the Fringe Festival. 

Grace Mackie - Runner Up 2021

Grace is to be commended for her commitment to her community, family and music. Grace volunteers regularly at her church, creates and records with a group of musical young woman, and assists in her mother's shop, helping clients and staff to provide great service to customers. Grace still maintains a positive outlook regardless of personal challenges and helps many people. Grace recently was accepted into Tabor College to study music full time. 

Aaliyah Matthews

In 2021, Aaliyah has shown tremendous growth in terms of her skills and confidence as a performer and songwriter. She is a valued member of the Rhyme Recital group and is dedicated to her creative pursuits. Most recently, Aaliyah has been increasingly proactive in terms of volunteering for opportunities such as co-hosting our end of term performance and engaging in performance opportunities outside of the City of Onkaparinga. 

Doug James

Doug has consistently attended the Rhyme Recital group on Wednesday’s at Base 10 and been a valued member of the group. He actively encourages newer members to the group and proactively uses his experiences to contribute to his studies in Event Management. He will always jump at any opportunities and has shown excellent dedication to rapping/MCing. 

Jarred Chandler-Hoskin

Jarred has consistently attended the Rhyme Recital on Wednesday’s at Base 10 and been a valued member of the group. In 2021, he has become increasingly proactive in the group by volunteering for opportunities such as performing and hosting at our end of term performance. He continues to show increased capacity as a songwriter, producer and live performer, but most importantly is his growth in confidence. 

Mason Duffield

Mason has consistently attended the Rhyme Recital on Wednesday’s at Base 10 and been a valued member of the group. He has shown tremendous growth in terms of his skills around song writing, recording and performing. 

Sam Oster

Sam is the youngest group member of Rhyme Recital and has quickly become known as the fastest MC in the group! He has a tremendous talent with words and has shown increased confidence with performing and song writing. In term 1, 2021, Sam did his first ever performance on stage in front of an audience, and has more performances lined up.

Contributions to community

Ashley Baker - Winner 2021

Ashley has been a committed member of the Morphett Vale Country Fire Service Brigade for over 12 years, responding to emergency incidents at all hours of the day and night, as well as attending training courses and Public Relations events throughout the year. Ashley is also a long serving member of Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club, where he is a member of the emergency operations team, Rescue Boat crew, and regularly gives up his weekends providing radio communications to all SLSA clubs from the Surfcom Headquarters. 

Reuben Schocroft-Batch - Runner Up 2021

Wardli Youth Centre at Christie Downs has a new Indigenous Garden in the courtyard which Reuben has been a vital contributor to. Studying Native Sustainability, Reuben was involved with the whole process from initial theory lessons around native sustainability/creating biomes for native insects, to researching the plants needed and helping in the planning. Reuben also actively participated in moving a ton of earth and concrete, replacing it with fertile soil for the native plants. Reuben's contribution, his focus, determination and effort were integral to the completion of project.

Amelie Warner

Amelie joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in December 2019, obtaining her surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season obtained her provide first aid, certificate II in Aquatic Rescue and Bronze medallion. Amelie is an active volunteer surf lifesaver.

Amy Neville

Amy is an active member and has volunteered many hours at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club from Age Group Assistant in the nipper program to Patrolling the beach.  Amy is an Age Manager for the Under 10s, which also includes leading and coordinating the group, communicating with nipper parents, coordinating water cover requirements and being responsible for the activities that the nippers undertake as well as taking them and preparing them for competitions.  Amy undertakes a proficiency each year to ensure that all her skills are up to scratch.  In the last 12 months Amy has advanced her learning/training in the Surf Life Saving area and has completed her Silver Medallion, Advanced Rescue Techniques Certificate and Pool Lifeguard Certificate.

Blake Deroussent

Blake joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in October 2012 as a nipper and has progressed through the ranks, Blake has obtained his surf rescue certificate to enable him to volunteer regularly during the 2020/21 season.

Caleb Whitten

Caleb joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in October 2015 and has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his provide first aid and surf rescue certificate during the 2019/20 surf lifesaving season. Caleb is a very active volunteer surf lifesaver and is now a regular helping with nippers.

Chloe Klingner

Chloe is an active member at the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Chloe has gained her Surf Rescue Certificate and actively volunteers in patrolling the beach, is an assistant age group leader for the Under 6/7s, and water cover for junior training, and has volunteered for other clubs for larger events. Chloe also competes for the club as a Senior and recently won a silver medal in the U14 female individual board race in State Titles.

Chloe is also an active member of the Tatachilla Lutheran College Community.

Corey Littler

Corey has been a member of the Morphett Vale Country Fire Service for nearly five years. In that time he has proved that he is an emerging young leader in the community, providing hundreds of hours of commitment each year by responding to emergency incidents and undertaking training.

Cory has provided leadership to the organisation as chairman of the Youth Advisory Council, a group of young volunteers who play a vital role in developing and promoting young people within the Country Fire Service. 

Daniel Blatch

For the last couple of years Daniel has volunteered his time at two of Onkaparinga Youth youth centres. Daniel's initial focus on administration and finance has expanded to "I am happy to do anything" and amongst many of his qualities, he is a very respectful, persistent, hilarious and kind person. Daniel’s commitment and contribution to the community has contributed to his growth in overcoming some personal challenges to gain employment. This quiet achiever is also becoming a recognised YouTube influencer. 

Emily Fowles

Emily is an active member and has volunteered many hours at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club from Age Group Assistant, water cover & Coaching in the nipper program to Patrolling the beach.  Emily is the age group leader for the biggest nipper age group we have at the club, the Under 11s, which also includes communicating with nipper parents, coordinating water cover requirements and being responsible for the activities that the nippers undertake, as well as taking them and preparing them for competition.  Emily has also taken on the 'media' role for the club at Junior Carnivals.  She is also a crew member for the IRBs (Inflatable Rescue Boats) and actively involved in that area of Surf lifesaving as well - both in patrol & competition.  Emily also undertakes a proficiency each year to ensure that all her skills are up to scratch.  In the last 12 months Emily has advanced her learning/training in the Surf Life Saving area and has completed her Silver Medallion, Advanced Rescue Techniques Certificate and Pool Lifeguard Certificate.  

Ethan Young

Ethan joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in October 2014 and has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Ethan has volunteered as a surf lifesaver and is now a regular helper with nippers.

Hayley Fowles

Hayley is an active member and has volunteered many hours at the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club both as water cover and age group assistant for the nipper program, including doing this for other nipper training and junior carnivals, she also helps out to both set up and pack up the beach after junior activities. In the last 12 months, Hayley has gained her Surf Rescue Certificate (CPR inclusive) and actively participates in patrolling the beach.  Hayley is an active member of the Willunga High School community.

Jack Stevens

Jack joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in October 2017 and has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Jack has done many hours as a volunteer surf lifesaver and is now a regular helper with nippers.

Jai White

The vibrancy, kindness and leadership qualities of Jai brings so much joy to his peers and people around him, both at Wardli Youth Centre and on adventures in the community. Jai is very generous with his time and enthusiastically teaches his peers and workers a new skill. Jai is well respected, with kids naturally warming to him and his resilience, energy, positivity and sunshine. 

Jaxon Ellis

Jaxon joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in January 2015 and has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Jaxon is currently volunteering as a surf lifesaver.

Kate Hunt

Kate volunteers at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Kate was an assistant age group leader for the Under 9 Juniors for the last two years. Kate is an active member of the club and does beach patrols on a volunteer basis. Kate undertakes a proficiency each year to ensure that all her surf lifesaving skills are up to scratch so that she can continue to volunteer in this area.

Kate is also an active member of the St Peters Girls Community.

Kristi Bedford

Kristi volunteers at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Kristi was an assistant age group leader for the Under 10 Juniors, and has now trained as age group manager, and is age group Manager for the Under 8s.

Kristi is an active member of the club, does volunteer beach patrols and competes with the club as a Senior. Kristi has been involved representing the club on the State Youth Advisory Panel and with the High-Performance Squad. Kristi is committed to ongoing training and has completed her inflatable rescue boat crew award and her Bronze Medallion award this season and has been involved in the delivery of the Vac-Swim program and the Surf Babies and Little Lifesavers Program.

Kristi is also an active member of the Cardijn College Community.

Moses Gray

Moses is an active member and volunteer at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Moses is an assistant age group leader and volunteers on beach patrol and at Junior Carnivals and Training. Moses undertakes a proficiency each year to ensure that all his surf lifesaving skills are current.

Moses is also an active member of the Willunga High School community and is involved with the Myponga - Sellicks Senior Colts program.

Omar Ryan

Omar joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club ten years ago as a Nipper. He has obtained his surf rescue certificate and obtained his certificate II in aquatic rescue and Bronze medallion. Omar has been an active volunteer surf lifesaver this summer.

Ruby Carpenter

Ruby is an active member at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. In the last 12 months, Ruby has gained her Surf Rescue Certificate (CPR inclusive) and actively volunteers in patrolling the beach and competes for the club as Senior. Ruby is an assistant age group leader for the Under 11 Juniors and does water cover for junior training. Ruby is an active member of the Southern Vales Christian College community and the Edge Church community.

Sam Barton

Sam has volunteered many hours at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club by providing water cover to the nipper program and other nipper training sessions as well as Patrolling the beach, and Sam always asks if there is anything else he can help with.  Sam is also an active member of the Willunga High School community, his teachers have expressed his positive attitude, always willing to challenge himself and he has shown excellent leadership skills when working in groups with other students.

Spencer Cruickshank

Spencer joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in November 2016 and has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Spencer is a regular volunteer surf lifesaver and is now a regular helping with nippers.

Talia Vivar

Talia joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club over 10 years ago and has since obtained her Surf Rescue Certificate, Provide First Aid, Certificate II in Aquatic Rescue and Bronze Medallion. Talia is a volunteer surf lifesaver and is involved with training junior members (Nippers).

Tan Tran

Tan is an active member and has volunteered many hours at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Tan is a proud Australian, coming from Vietnam seven years ago without being able to speak English and could not swim. Tan now competes for the club as a Senior and was awarded nipper of the year in 2020.

Tan has completed his Surf Rescue Certificate and regularly patrols the beach, and he is an age group leader with the under 10s, and a group manager for Junior Carnivals.

Tan is a recipient of a Fred Hollows humanitarian award and an active member of the Cardijn College Community, and was awarded age champion for year 8 boys and is a VacSwim assistant.

Tara Vivar-Haynes

Tara joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club almost 10 years ago as a nipper and moved through the ranks, obtaining her surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Tara has done 21.75 hours as a volunteer surf lifesaver this season.

Trea Paech

Trea is an active member and has volunteered many hours at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club. In the last 12 months, Trea has gained his Surf Rescue Certificate (CPR inclusive) and actively participates in patrolling the beach. Trea is an assistant age group leader for the Under 11. Trea also volunteers to do water cover for junior training and competes for the club as a Senior.

Trea is an active member of the Southern Vales Christian College community.

Tyler Lenard

Tyler joined Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in October 2017 and has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Tyler has done many hours as a volunteer surf lifesaver and is now a regular helping with nippers.

Will Threadgold

A member of Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club in October 2016, Will has moved through the junior ranks, obtaining his surf rescue certificate during the 2020/21 surf lifesaving season. Will is a volunteer surf lifesaver and is now a regular helping with nippers.

Personal achievement

Darcy Schaaf - Winner 2021

Darcy has been grappling with family tragedy for the last few years and this has been a very deep and ongoing challenge for Darcy. Darcy has continued to throw himself into new activities as a core ensemble member with ExpressWay Arts; taking on the role as Stage Manager and Technician in our Fringe performance ‘Lockdown’, as well as enrolling in university for which he had to audition.

Darcy constantly keeps those around him delighted and entertained with his energy that lights up a room, even when he is feeling less than okay. Darcy’s personal strength is highly valued and an inspiration to his community.

Amber Stevens - Runner Up 2021

Amber has achieved great success despite great adversity in her life over the last two years. Due to her own resilience and determination she has accomplished significant growth and achievements beyond many of her age. Work experience with a local radio station led to weekly volunteering, and then on to hosting her own show.

She has learnt all aspects of producing a radio show, from reading weather and advertisements, interviewing skills, to producing playlists and how to use the equipment, both in the studio and in the mobile unit.

This has been a great opportunity for Amber to develop her confidence, wellbeing, stability and commitment to her future within the music and arts industry. Amber is doing exceptionally well in her learning, participation and attendance at her school, where she is a valuable member of our community who brings energy, passion, commitment and kindness.

Brooke Taylor Dunne

Brooke has overcome challenges to grow up into an amazing young woman, a loving and supportive fiancée, daughter and sibling. Brooke works as an SSO worker and has just graduated to become a youth social worker and community member who would help and support anyone in need. 

Employment/Enterprise Achievement

Nathan Schwanck - Winner 2021

Nathan has developed strategies to manage his personal challenges by attending Hackham West Community Centre Adult Education accredited program of ‘What to Say After Hello: Customer Service’. He has demonstrated commitment and perseverance to hone his communication skills. He developed an elevator pitch that allowed to firstly, identify his strengths and put them into a framework of why he would be a good employee. He practiced his pitch with others, giving him the confidence to attend several job interviews and get a position with a local business. He has persevered through difficulties and challenges to achieve his goal of gaining employment.