St John’s Proudly Acknowledges our Old Collegians
Assisting young people to find their purpose in life is probably one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher so it was with great pleasure that St John’s teachers and students welcomed back Old Collegians to the Annual Old Collegians Awards breakfast at St Lucia Golf Club this month. The Awards, which mirror the personal qualities we expect of our graduates, are now in their fifth year. Each year the number of nominations has increased and the committee’s work gets harder!
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 the field of immunology and cell biology specifically investigating the role of antibodies in transporting infection and vaccine development, and frequently speaks at national and international conferences.
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, by having the best social media engagement in Australia and the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Retail.
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 account 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.