Seven-News-Young-Achiever-Awards

Websters Lawyers is proud of its South Australian roots and strong local focus, so it’s only natural that we support causes with similar values.

The Seven News Young Achiever Awards is such a cause. The Awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the achievements of young people in South Australia. It’s a fantastic platform to showcase the best local talent and achievements in a range of areas.

That’s why we were proud to sponsor the Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award.

Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award

People who contribute to community services and activities are the heartbeat of our society and without them many essential services would not exist. Not only do these people have the skills and commitment to get involved, but they are so often motivated by a desire to make a genuine difference to the lives of others. In young people in particular, we see community supporters who are passionate and energised by the essential work that they do.

Volunteering can take many forms, for example manual labour, fundraising activities, offering pro bono professional services, taking the time to visit someone or to chat to them on the phone, or anything in between. It is all valuable work. Fundamental to this is those individuals who identify a need within the community and who take positive action to address that need and motivate others to get involved.

The Award recognises young people who go the extra mile in their volunteering activities and who promote community spirit, who put the needs of others before their own, and who make important contributions to the communities in which they live.

Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award Winners and Finalists

2019

Cyanne-Westerman-Winner

Winner
Cyanne Westerman

(Winner) Cyanne Westerman, of Whyalla is fighting for the rights of people living with disability. As a founding member of the Whyalla Youth Advisory Committee she suggested to holds an event to acknowledge the International Day of People living with Disability. Cyanne is a member of the Whyalla Beach Access Group and been actively pushing for an accessible beach for all people, fundraising for Beach Wheelchairs, and educating locals on the shift to accessible beaches. Cyanne was an advisor on the local Disability Advisory Group formed by the Whyalla Council and Regional Development Australia and helped develop the “Living Well, Whyalla’s Masterplan for Disability & Ageing.”

Kalia-Harris-Finalist

Finalist
Kalia Harris

(Finalist) Kalia Harris, of Moana aims to inspire young people and lend a hand to the less fortunate. As head junior swim coach at Moana Surf Club, she trains juniors to be better swimmers and provides tips on techniques and endurance. She is also a co-social coordinator at Youth Christian Students. At Cardijn College, she was captain of the Southern Blue Cardijn Collage’s pedal prix team. For nine years, Kalia has volunteered in her school community and helped raise awareness and funds for organisations like RSPCA, Fred’s Van soup kitchen and CanTeen. She received the Mackillop House Spirit Award and the Youth Christian Students Commitment Award.

Shamsiya-Mohammadi-Finalist

Finalist
Shamsiya Mohammadi

(Finalist) Shamsiya Mohammadi, of Parafield Gardens has a passion for helping others, particularly women and refugees. She arrived in Australia ten years ago as a refugee from Afghanistan. Shamsiya has volunteered for Welcome to Australia, the Australian Refugee Association, the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the City of Salisbury and the Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan. As an active member of her high school Student Representative Council, she lobbied for better services. Shamsiya is currently completing a double degree in Law and Journalism. She received the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership Award and is the first Afghan-Australian recipient of a Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarship. Shamsiya was also the winner of the 2018 YAA Fresh 92.7, People’s Choice Award.

2018

Kira-Bain-Winner

Winner
Kira Bain

(Winner) Kira Bain, of Ingle Farm is a young Ngarrindjeri woman working to revitalise the language of the Adelaide Plains. She teaches Kaurna throughout schools and has supported at risk young Aboriginals as a Youth and Community Mentor. Based in Tauondi Aboriginal College, she teaches Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people about the land they stand on. She is in demand as a retention strategist and cultural support person in schools. Kira was also a finalist in the YAA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Aboriginal Achievement Award.

Damian-Walker-Finalist

Finalist
Damien Walker

(Finalist) Damien Walker, of Parafield volunteers for many organisations whilst studying teaching full time. He won the Rotary Youth Leadership Award for his work with several Rotary Clubs. He volunteered for the suicide prevention organisation, Talk Out Loud, and the Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre. In his work with the Salisbury Catholic Parish Children's Program he manages 50 volunteers. Damien is an Australia Day Young South Australian of the Year.

Aidan-Barry-Finalist

Finalist
Aidan Barry

(Finalist) Aidan Barry, of Marion captains the No Handicap Golf Club and has played golf since he was eight. He advocates the importance of including the disabled in society, regularly speaking at Novita fundraising events. He completed high school and is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching. Aidan’s disabilities have not prevented him from winning the Gary Hart Memorial Golf Trophy and being invited to the US Open. Aiden was also a finalist in the YAA Worldwide Printing Solutions, Sports Award.

Lauren-Heddle-Finalist

Finalist
Lauren Heddle

(Finalist) Lauren Heddle, of Upper Sturt runs workshops for children at Urrbrae Wetlands, the Botanic Gardens and on World Environment Day. Lauren has helped run Urrbrae Wetland Open Days for ten years and was supervisor at the Royal Adelaide Show’s Agriculture Centre. She has appeared in the local newspaper and on ABC3 Kids News. She coaches netball and represented SA as an umpire at the Pacific School Games. Lauren was the winner of the YAA Scouts SA, Leadership Award.

2017

Emmah-Evans-Winner

Winner
Emmah Evans

(Winner) Emmah Evans, of Woodcroft is a Cystic Fibrosis fighter, a Mother, a wife, an author and a motivational speaker. She is an Ambassador for both Cure4CF Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Australia. Emmah has been interviewed on television and press, raising awareness that 1 in 25 people carry the CF gene. In 2016, she spent over 500 hours organising a high tea ‘Fearless’, raising over $14,000 for Cure4CF Foundation. Her Facebook page CF Mummy has over 4,300 followers. This video was created to assist Emmah to promote awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and share her experiences and insights. Websters Lawyers welcomed the opportunity to sponsor the video so as to help Emmah share her story.

Ysabella-Van-Sebille-Finalist

Finalist
Ysabella Van Sebille

(Finalist) Ysabella Van Sebille, of Beulah Park is researching for her PhD, the toxic effects of anti-cancer therapies on the gastrointestinal tract. She has a passion for promoting education, especially science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, to both women, and underprivileged groups. Ysabella volunteers weekly at the Australian Refugee Association, tutoring and mentoring students in science subjects. She volunteered in the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Program, helping Indigenous women studying nursing. She co-founded The University of Adelaide’s student-led Teaching Awards. Ysabella was the winner of the YAA University of Adelaide, Science and Technology Award.

Matilda-Hutchinson-Finalist

Finalist
Matilda Hutchinson

(Finalist) Matilda Hutchinson, of Sellicks Beach suffers from severe endometriosis, causing constant pain. Matilda founded Endometriosis Awareness Adelaide, an online support network for women suffering from endometriosis. She ran the 2017 Endometriosis Awareness Ball to raise awareness and much needed funds for medical research. Matilda also volunteers as an animal rescue fosterer and her long term goal is to complete her vet nursing studies and open her own rescue centre. Matilda also runs her own bridal store, Project Wifey.

Zac-Cannell-Finalist

Finalist
Zac Cannell

(Finalist) Zac Cannell, of Adelaide is a passionate and proud transgender man promoting the health, well-being and safety of the gender diverse community. Zac is co-founder of the peer support group FTMen-SA, providing support to over 70 transmen and their families. Zac has a degree in Social Work and currently works for SHine SA as a Sexual Health Counsellor. He volunteered as an SES Rescue Volunteer for over three years and also volunteers for numerous online support groups.