2019 Award categories
Excellence in Enhancing our Communities
Recognises a Gold Coast student who has consistently demonstrated through their work experience, volunteering and/or community engagement a passion to enhance the broader Gold Coast community.
Excellence in Protecting our Environment
Recognises a Gold Coast student who has consistently engaged in initiatives or programs that aim to spread awareness on the importance of protecting our beautiful beaches, marine environment, and hinterland.
Excellence in Championing Diversity
Recognises a Gold Coast student who has advocated and championed the values of embracing diversity in varied forms within our community.
Excellence in Peer to Peer Support
Recognises a Gold Coast student who has consistently given their time in areas of mental health & well-being, academic support or similar towards other fellow students.
Excellence in Fostering Creative Arts
Recognises a Gold Coast student who has mastered a particular art form and made a significant contribution to the vibrant arts community on the Gold Coast.
2019 Award Winners
Excellence In Enhancing Our Communities Winner
Bryton is the President of the Bond University branch of 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's largest student-run consultancy for non-profit organisations and social enterprises. Bryton is also the Treasurer of Make-A-Wish Australia's Gold Coast Volunteer branch.
Southern Cross University
Excellence In Protecting Our Environment
During the past four years Sally instigated over a dozen new environmental initiatives resulting in an extensive ripple effect for a greener, more sustainable campus to broaden the learning experiences of her fellow students while demonstrating "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something." What's your something?
Excellence In Championing Diversity
A Bachelor of Psychological Science graduate from Griffith University, Erin advocates for diversity and disability inclusion, working tirelessly across her campus and with the Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service. Erin frequently makes presentations at conferences and events while championing inclusion for disabled people in the education sector and the workplace.
Excellence In Peer To Peer Support
Siobhan is studying medicine at Griffith University. Having grown up on an island, Siobhan has a genuine passion for improving health services in rural areas and remote communities. Siobhan established a bursary program for medical students completing rural placements and has also helped to organise a national rural medical student conference in Cairns last year.
Excellence In Fostering Creative Arts
Emmanuelle is a French-born Australian who moved back to the Gold Coast after a two-year stint in Darwin which she says was life-defining. Upon returning home Emmanuelle studied Screen & Media (Film & TV Production) at TAFE because she wanted to share stories of culture, love and identity through her own lens. Emmanuelle is a strong believer in continuous learning, shared knowledge and social justice.