Old Collegians Awards Breakfast
One of the many exciting College events each year is the Old Collegians Award Breakfast held at St Lucia Gold Club. Members of our community, workplaces or colleagues can nominate any of our Old Collegians for one of the Awards presented at this event.
This year the Award for Academic Excellence which recognises academic performance, research and leadership in the academic community, was made to Dr Charles Armitage (2003). Charles has completed his PhD at QUT in investigating the role of antibodies in transporting infection and vaccine development. He presents his findings at national and international conferences and writes for prestigious scientific journals in the field of immunology and cell biology.
The Award for Excellence in the Workplace which recognises the significant contribution and success in a chosen industry or profession was made to Sarah Forsythe – Timmerman (2003). Sarah launched an online business Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has one million followers on Facebook and Instagram. She was awarded the number One Australian Social Media Brand outlet, outclassing brands such as Audi, BMW and KFC to be the best social media engagement in Australia and the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Retail. In 2013 she was a finalist in the Telstra Young Business Women’s Award.
The award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognises a significant contribution to the local, national or international community was presented to Daniel Huynh (2008). Daniel is a senior accountant at Becis Chartered Accountants who fosters a positive, optimistic and empowering community around him. He raises funds for many charities gaining sponsorship for physical challenges which include 2 day Cycling events, Tough Mudder, sponsoring a Vietnamese orphanage and hosting community events.
The top Award for this year, the Head of College Old Collegian of the Year was made to Hannah Joye (2013). Aside from Hannah’s outstanding contribution in the world sporting arena and a rigorous training schedule, Hannah has not neglected her university, local church, charities, our College or her friends. She holds Scholarships from the Australian Institute of Support and Griffith University and is in her second year of study in a Bachelor of Science, majoring in ecology and conservation. Hannah is currently focused on her training for the Rio Olympics.
Having fine role models such as these in our community able to assist young people to find their purpose and career direction is a key focus of the St John’s community.