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Awards Awards Awards Awards Awards Awards

​"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves" - William Arthur Ward 

Congratulations to all the nominees of 2017!  ​



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YMCA Ballarat
 Erica Preschool
​Erica Preschool is a remote rural Preschool located at the "Gateway to the Mountain Rivers Region". The Erica Preschool provides 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs to the Erica community. The preschool connects children to the outdoors providing children with an opportunity to explore their unique environment. The children enjoy looking for signs of native animals, investigating wombat tracks and diggings and they listen out for bird songs and calls. 

​​YMCA Brisbane
YMCA Vocational School
The YMCA Vocational School offers courses and a positive environment to assist disengaged students to achieve their full potential. Outcomes are achieved through positive educational studies, activities and a strong community structure. At the YMCA young people experience student centred programs dedicated to enhancing practical and personal skills. The YMCA provides support for students to contribute and function in the wider community, thriving emotionally, socially and physically.​


YMCA Canberra
Space Camp
YMCA Space Camp is a program that was first run in 2016 by YMCA Canberra. YMCA Space Camp providing an opportunity for students in years 7 to 9 to experience Canberra's Space Industry close up. There were two camps in 2017 hosting young people from the ACT, NSW, VIC, SA and TAS. YMCA Space Camp serves the purpose of both inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects, and providing awareness both within the group of young people going through the program, as well the broader community of the opportunities that Canberra and the ACT have in the space industry.​

YMCA Manningham
Youth Mentoring Program
The YMCA Manningham Mentoring Program is funded in part through the Victorian State Government's ENGAGE! Program. Engage! is part of the Victorian Government's vision that every young person should have the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential, including those who face disadvantage. The mentoring program directly epitomises the YMCA Mission and Belief as it uses young people themselves within the local community to engage and support other young people.​

YMCA NSW
Brightside
YMCA Brightside Program is a unique, research-based exercise program that enhances mood, self-esteem, confidence and the energy of people with mental illness. It provides 60 days of unlimited access to Y facilities and valuable opportunities for improving fitness and social connections. Brightside was developed in partnership with Suicide Prevention Australia in 2009. The primary intention was to promote increased activity levels in individuals with mental health issues as a means to improve their mental health issues.​

YMCA Victoria
Boroondara Sports Complex, Gymnastics Program
The benefit of the Gymnastics Program to Boroondara and the wider community is immeasurable. Over 2016/17, our coaching team of staff and volunteers have raised over $4,000 for YMCA Open Doors through gymnastics events, including the annual gymnastics Club Championships and Display Day. On each of these days, up to 30 management staff, coaches and volunteers donated their time and talent towards raising funds for Open Doors. Our program allows young people, both participants and staff, to learn skills which are transferable to their everyday lives. ​

YMCA WA
Future Links
The Future Links engagement program has been developed in conjunction with the Warnbro Senior High School in the southern Reaches of the Perth Metropolitan area.  The program commenced in February 2016 and aims to support those young people who are at risk, or are disengaged from high school education primarily due to complex issues within their lives. The program takes a three pillared approach to support from Family, School and YMCA Case Workers to underpin each young person's engagement in both school and community environments.  ​

YMCA Whittlesea
Y Rehab Program
The Y-Rehab program is a successful initiative that was introduced to emphasise the importance of exercise benefits whilst recovering from injuries. As well as to provide support to the injured clients and their medical providers in streamlining the process in gaining gym/swim rehabilitation approval through the complex system of WorkSafe and TAC. The Y-Rehab program has been designed to assist injured people with the often difficult and stressful process of gaining rehabilitation treatment. The program promotes rehabilitation exercise benefits without interruptions or delays and in turn creates a healthier and happier person. ​
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YMCA Ballarat
Pauline Whyte
Pauline has worked as an early childhood educator for the past 35 years. Pauline believes in the power of inspired young people. She demonstrates this belief through her practice as an Exemplary early childhood teacher; actively inspiring Warragul's youngest community members on a daily basis.​

YMCA Brisbane
Kelly McGrath
Kelly commenced as a Youth Mentor in April 2016 at the Moreton Bay campus. She immediately impressed staff with her integrity and commitment to supporting young people and was employed to coordinate the Ready for Work program in July of the same year. Kelly now works as a Youth Worker across Clem Jones Senior and Moreton Bay Campuses, volunteers one day per week as a Youth Mentor and coordinates School-Based Mentoring programs. 

YMCA Canberra
Andrew O'Neil
Andrew first joined the YMCA in 1993 as a volunteer fitness instructor, following his volunteering he commenced as an employee instructor and volleyball referee. Andrew has also been a member on a wide variety of National working and reference groups in IT and Finance, as well as a member of National Audit teams. He continues to love his current role as Finance Manager.  

YMCA Grampians Region
 Cassandra Billington
Cassandra has been a staff member of the previous Portland YMCA and is now the Manager of Finance for the Grampians Region YMCA. She has worked for the YMCA for over 8 years and has been promoted through to Finance Manager through her own learning, and commitment to understand and develop new skills. She has the utmost respect from all of the staff, peers and managers.

YMCA Hobart
Russell Tatlow
Russell has been part of the YMCA Hobart team as the part time Y's Marketing and Communication Coordinator since August 2013.  Russell's personal and professional support to grow programs that provide young people with an opportunity to be empowered and inspired is a great example of a strong connection to the mission and belief of the YMCA.  

YMCA Manningham
Tristan Joss
Tristan has been delivering Y-Exercise Program, a group fitness program for young people with a disability, and works as a member of the Youth Services Team. Tristan is one of those rare workers who come along only so often, who show a genuine love and passion for what they do, and who do so with maturity, respect, empathy, kindness and a high level of professionalism. ​

YMCA NSW
Donna Brooks
Donna Brookes joined the YMCA NSW as a Children Services Learning and Development Manager and in short period of time was successful in progressing to become Regional Quality and Compliance Manager. Donna is a hard-working and an honest employee who takes her work very seriously and is a fundamental part of the YMCA NSW. Moreover, she is a source of inspiration for other YMCA NSW employees who want to get the best out of their job duties.  

YMCA Victoria
​Corey Ramsay
The Y-Rehab program is a successful initiative that was introduced to emphasise the importance of exercise benefits whilst recovering from injuries. As well as to provide support to the injured clients and their medical providers in streamlining the process in gaining gym/swim rehabilitation approval through the complex system of WorkSafe and TAC. The Y-Rehab program has been designed to assist injured people with the often difficult and stressful process of gaining rehabilitation treatment. The program promotes rehabilitation exercise benefits without interruptions or delays and in turn creates a healthier and happier person. ​

YMCA WA
Shanice Drew

Shanice is always willing to get involved and help, and is 100% committed to getting the job done. She has an unrelenting positive outlook, taking the significant challenges she has faced at her ELC centre in her stride.  She focusses on building positive relationships with everyone she deals with and is a positive role model for her team.

YMCA Whittlesea
Carol Andrews
Carol’s main role has always been in Group Fitness, where she has taken and participated in thousands of classes, which has enabled her to gain the skills and knowledge to be a leader and expert in the area. Carol has shown significant growth in her leadership and professional skills, she always steps up when needed, will lead and guide new and existing staff to achieve great outcomes and goals.  


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YMCA Australia
Lachlan Headlam
Lachlan has played a pivotal role in the development of youth leadership in various capacities within the YMCA. He is a natural leader and incredibly humble in his approach to working with others, as such he was appointed a Global Change Agent throughout 2015 and 2016. He was appointed the YMCA Australia 2016​ Young CEO for the day, where he presented contemporary thinking in the environmental impact space. As someone ethically and morally motivated, he has a grasp of what is truly means to be both a global citizen and an agent of change. 


​​YMCA Ballarat
Jessy Malham
Jessy first contacted the YMCA in 2015 when she phoned the Ballarat YMCA to ask if we could assist her with a simple but powerful idea- to help give presents to children in need at Christmas time. The impact of this campaign, which is now an annual and well-established event in the Ballarat community is enabling families that are doing it tough to relieve some of the financial pressure associated with Christmas and provide joy through a gift for the children. This would not have happened without the tenacity and vision of Jessy, a truly inspired young person dedicated to helping others.



YMCA Brisbane
Matthew Swires
Matt is currently a youth worker employed by the YMCA in the Vocational School. He has been in this role for the past 16 months and his passion for the role is equally matched by his ability to support junior secondary students who are at a high risk of disengagement. Matt is now an exceptional youth worker. He is now confident and skilled enough to use his passion, experience and abilities to give back to young people who were just like him. Each day he has an impact upon 60 young people.  ​


YMCA Canberra
Gabi Young
Gabi started working for the YMCA of Canberra in January 2014 as an Educator in Outside School Hours Care. Gabi moved straight into a leadership role in OSHC.  “I consider working at the YMCA to be an adventure. Each year I encounter new students and become a part of their lives, just as they become members of our YMCA community. I have the privilege of witnessing their joys and sorrows. I watch as they learn, grow, mature, as well as when they falter, make mistakes and fail. I do my best to support, encourage and inspire them to succeed.”

YMCA NSW 
Jake Schumacher 
Jake has been involved at the Y for many years. He has participated in many Y programs including learn to swim, basketball, swim squads and futsal. At 14 years he came on board as a volunteer in our Basketball program and from there trained as a lifeguard.  Jake is an integral member of the team displaying maturity, loyalty and commitment in all aspects of his role. He is a wonderful example of our Y values.

YMCA Victoria
Luke DeVincentis
Luke’s energy and enthusiasm is a key driving factor of the brilliant success he has become renowned for with the YMCA community. He shared his journey with members through social media and in person, Luke assisted several members with their journey, constantly encouraging them each time they visited the facility, and with each social media post. He trained with members and staff to boost their motivation. Luke has a unique ability to connect quickly and identify how he can support and motivate staff and members.  

YMCA WA
Tia Sandhu​
Tia is YMCA WA’s change agent and represents YMCA Australia across the world, providing the voice of young people and championing change in our community. When Tia is talking about the things that get her out of bed in the morning, she inspires all those around her to be involved. She has developed a working party in light of the Y’s launch of the Belief statement to develop an event for young people to have a voice in their local community and has been actively advocating the #I AM WHOLE movement with the WA team to great effect.


YMCA Whittlesea
Jonathon Santamaria 
Jonathon is a highly valued member of YMCA Whittlesea, and he has helped to build YMCA Whittlesea's capacity to inspire young people. Jonathon inspires his colleagues with both his enthusiasm and passion to see this program positively impact the lives of young people. His work over the past years has been exemplary and he has established our YMCA as a partner of choice in Youth Programs with many services across our region and now with Universities around the world. 


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YMCA Ballarat
Olivia Clarke 
Olivia has been involved with the Ballarat YMCA since February 2016. Olivia is a highly driven young person who values the importance of building strong people, strong families and strong communities. Her passion is for young people, providing them with opportunities to be involved and to improve themselves and be healthy in all aspects of their lives. Olivia uses her desire for improved community development to better herself and the lives of others through her education and commitment to continuous improvement.

​​YMCA Brisban
 Maurice Hartley 
Starting as a volunteer with the breakfast club, Maurice's commitment and passion for young people saw him branch out and increase his involvement with the YMCA School. He began volunteering for full days, and then increased to four days per week. Maurice is an asset to the North Lakes team and we are forever grateful for his presence at the school. .​


YMCA Canberra
 Carol Ey
Carol has been an active member of the YMCA Canberra Runners Club since the club was adopted by the YMCA in 2010. In this time she has taken on a number of volunteer roles organising and delivering events, representing the committee and taking on the role of President of the Runners Club which she has held for 3 years. Carol is passionate about the value of the running club in the community and has dedicated her tenure to increasing participation to develop healthy mind and body.


YMCA Hobart
Vere Canham 
Vere has been a volunteer at the Rosny Park Public Golf Course for just over two years and has quickly become the backbone of the volunteer team.  Vere assists the course manager with day to day course maintenance as well as the weekly working bees. Vere welcomes all golf patrons by saying hello to everyone who visits our facility whether he is here playing golf or assisting staff- making it a friendly, vibrant place to come and play golf no matter where you come from.

YMCA Manningham
Kristie Chapman
Kristie has been a valued volunteer staff member at Aquarena Childcare since 2013, volunteering each Saturday morning. Kristie has also been a voluntary member of the Doncaster All Abilities Basketball (DAAB) leadership team since its inception in 2007. Kristie is a reliable and responsible volunteer staff member, dedicated, involved and open to learning new things in her quest to do her very best.​


YMCA Victori
 Shea Evans
Shea's actions seek to build a sustainable YMCA by engaging young YMCA Victoria staff in the work of the movement. Shea actively encourages his taskforce to build content into each session that discusses the local, national and global work of the Y. Shea is empowering young Y staff members to grow their understanding and sense of belonging within the global movement, whilst giving them context as to how their own work and the work of their individual workplace contributes to the broader mission.


YMCA WA
Future Links
The Future Links engagement program has been developed in conjunction with the Warnbro Senior High School in the southern Reaches of the Perth Metropolitan area.  The program commenced in February 2016 and aims to support those young people who are at risk, or are disengaged from high school education primarily due to complex issues within their lives. The program takes a three pillared approach to support from Family, School and YMCA Case Workers to underpin each young person's engagement in both school and community environments.  ​

YMCA Whittlesea
 Alex Scokley
Alex assists in running, developing and expanding our senior service which provides much needed transport and social opportunities for participants 65 years and over. Alex has also been involved in volunteering in disability services programs including holiday programs and after school programs which provides respite opportunities to some much needed parents, social and community access experiences and life skills/ independence skill development. Alex's history with YMCA is not limited to supporting its services but also includes various special event days and amazing fundraising efforts.

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YMCA Brisbane
 Graeme Ferguson. 
Study Tour of YMCA Camping program in USA
​Graeme is a very effective leader, empowering and developing his staff to ensure all customer groups have a memorable experience that is tailored to their needs and wants. Graeme has come on board during a time of change in our camp programs and has managed the considerable demands of that process extremely effectively. Graeme is always open to learning and listens to those around him that can provide value to the operation of the camp. Graeme is well respected by his staff and peers and has a long-term future with our YMCA.

YMCA Canberra 
 Jane Robins
Pikler and RIE infant and toddler education
Jane is a dedicated, inspired, proactive member of the Y team. Jane approaches her role with a deep commitment to advocate for the best possible outcomes for children across all of our Early Learning Centres. The YMCA will benefit from furthering Jane’s knowledge through the development of a Statement of Intent for the education of Infants and Toddlers. With Jane's expertise, all policies relating to children's services will be scrutinised through a RIE lens to align our beliefs with our practices.

YMCA Canberra
 Peter Burns 
World YMCA Innovation Camp in Switzerland 

Peter is disciplined, thorough and evidence based in his approach to research and development. Peter has performed a range of roles at Y Canberra over several years and on each occasion has demonstrated his commitment to the YMCA values and the betterment of the movement and the community we serve.
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YMCA Grampians Region Carina O’Neil.
YMCA Global study: THE FRENCH HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM: IDEALS AND REALITY
Carina has always put everything into her role at the YMCA. She started working with Y when she was 16 as a lifeguard and has built and developed her skills around the YMCA mission, belief and values. She is currently the Deputy CEO and has responsibility for all of our Children’s Services, Community Programs and Youth services. Carina has an exemplary approach to her work, she is highly motivated, an exceptional mentor, and committed to improving herself, the Y and the community.

YMCA Hobart
​Phil Venables. 
Sustainable Annual Structured Australian study tour ​


Phil has proven to be a highly skilled leader and communicator who is a supportive, respectful and professional member of the YMCA Hobart team.  Phil regularly goes over and above what it required in his role because he genuinely believes in the vision of the YMCA.  In every aspect of his role, Phil demonstrates the values of the organisation and through this has helped to build strong partnerships that have helped us to have greater impact in the community.
YMCA Manningham
 Michael Colling. 
Graduate Certificate of International & Community Development at Deakin University
Michael shows a genuine love and passion for his chosen field of work and cares greatly about the values and mission of the YMCA, particularly our belief in the power of inspired young people. Michael has exceptionally strong skills in the area of youth and the community. By undertaking this area of study Michael will further enhance his input and direction into the way the service runs and will allow him to further enhance our relationship with the councils we work with.

YMCA NSW 
Debbie Court. 
Diploma of Community Services

Debbie holds an undeniable passion for the YMCA. Her work ethic and YMCA values are demonstrated daily. Debbie will cease work when the job is done rather that when the clock says so! She is honest, caring and responsible in all workings. Debbie will gain both intrinsic and extrinsic value and growth that will benefit not only the community services team in which she works, but its customers and YNSW as a whole.​
YMCA Whittlesea 
Jonathon Santamaria. 
European Association of International Education Conference in 2018 & Growth Marketing Course at Academy Xi in Melbourne.
Jonathon is a young man who is an enthusiastic, innovative, inspiring, role model, who volunteers on Youth Camps and sets a very high standard for the services he provides to the community. The program Jonathon is building has the potential to impact thousands of young people in a positive and enriching way. It will allow the YMCA to develop a viable and sustainable revenue model to further support our work with young people and will bring the positioning statement of "we believe in the power of inspired young people" to life.

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YMCA Victoria
 Cyn Frampton
​Cyn has developed professionally and personally and now leads the frontline Team. She has personally set up the displays and championed her team into encouraging patrons to purchase. Cyn is personally and professionally committed to promoting health and wellness.  She is passionate, genuine and conscientious in all things. Cyn makes herself available to participate in any community activity or event, often in a volunteer capacity, as she is passionate about expounding the benefits of physical activity and community engagement.
YMCA Victoria 
Tayla White 
Tayla has worked at Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) since the centre reopened in April 2014.  Starting initially as a cafe attendant, she joined the customer service team 12 months later and is now in a permanent position as a Recreation Officer overseeing our merchandise area.  She is also the customer service representative for the centre's OH&S committee. Tayla is considered a future leader of the centre.  She was therefore nominated by her peers to take part in the YMCA Victoria Future Leader Program.  

YMCA Victoria
 Kaitlyn Frawley​
Kaitlyn started at the Y in 2014. Kaitlyn came to Casey RACE with retail experience as she had worked in casual roles at various retail stores within the local Cranbourne Community. Kaitlyn shows great dedication and commitment to the merchandise area at Casey RACE. She is vibrant and fresh
and her enthusiasm for retail is evident in her dealings with staff, colleagues and sales representatives.