Celebrating our People of Influence – 2016 Old Collegians’ Awards
St John’s celebrated the sixth year of the Old Collegians’ Awards on Friday 13 May with a breakfast at Hillstone, St Lucia. This annual event celebrates the achievements of our past students and brings together the network of community members who support the College.
This year a number of our Old Collegian’s, former staff, current students, staff and guests gathered together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the College graduates in tertiary study, professional life, in the community in which they live and to the College community.
The calibre of nominees was exceptionally high for 2016 and following weeks of review and consideration the winners of the 2016 Old Collegians’ Awards were announced as:
- Head of College, Old Collegian of the Year – Zachary Raftery (2006)
- Academic Excellence – Michael Reed (2009)
- Excellence in the Workplace – Jeevan Sivalingam (2000)
- Service to the College – Courtney Nuttall (2010)
- Service in the Community – Jasmin Pambid (2005)
From an owner of three large dental practices in Melbourne, a registered Psychologist studying a doctorate in clinical psychology, a leader in community development to a Mechatronics Leader in China and a tireless supporter of the College, the award winners while all diverse in their fields, are people of influence in their own communities.
While most of the award winners were able to attend the breakfast to accept their award, Michael Reed sent his acceptance speech via video message from China which was a lovely addition to the mornings proceedings.
Former College Captain and Old Collegian, Emile Smith (2015) took on the role of the Master of Ceremonies for the event and did a wonderful job keeping everything together.
Guests were also entertained with some words of wisdom from the guest speaker Rebecca Sparrow. Writer, Rebecca spoke about the importance in life of finding your tribe and the art of resilience highlighting the challenges for young people at the end of their schooling and after graduation.
The awards honour fine examples of the College graduates who continue to set high standards for themselves and their community. The College is enormously proud of all the 2016 award winners and nominees.