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Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards 2019

April 13, 2019

Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and winners from the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards! 

The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards, now in its 30th year, recognise individuals and groups of young people aged between 12 and 25 years who have made a significant contribution through their personal endeavours or who have been actively involved in the ACT community. 

The Awards are a celebration of young people’s commitment and vision to create a Canberra where is everyone is welcomed and valued. The winners and finalists are role models, not only to other young people, but to us all. 

Check out the list of winners below: 

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year - Joshua and Oscar Gonzalez

Brothers Josh and Oscar, aged 22 and 23, founded the driving service PKUP. Through the PKUP app, you book two drivers. One driver picks you up in your own car and the other follows in a separate car to make sure you and your vehicle return home safely after a night out. The brothers came up with the idea to put a stop to young people drink driving. A portion of each fare is donated to a charity, chosen by the passenger. 

As well as working on PKUP full time, Josh and Oscar volunteer with the Red Frogs program and Youth Group at their local church. They are great examples of young people leading the way through innovative business practice.

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Junior Award - Lily Haskins

Lily is a 13-year-old who has spent countless hours of her own time to help the Stella Bella Children's Centre. Stella Bella offers respite and care for seriously ill babies and children. Since the centre opened, Lily has spent every school holidays helping the staff and families at the centre. Lily has lived with a chronic heart condition since she was six years old. Despite this,  she is committed to doing what she can to help others.

Personal Achievement Award - Shiralee Sankey

Shiralee is a powerful advocate for young people in Canberra, particularly young people who are facing homelessness and other disadvantages. Shiralee has worked with the Northside Community Services, growing from a volunteer to a youth leader and recently began planning a regular 'Girls night' in Gungahlin, a support group for women to encourage and learn from one another. 

Individual Community Service Award - Tilleah Roselli 

Tilleah is a passionate, dedicated young woman who draws upon her own experiences in out of home care to drive change and better the lives of young people involved in child protection. As a Youth Leader with the CREATE Foundation, Tilleah provides support and guidance to these young people and advocates strongly on their behalf. She has co-facilitated a Youth Advisory for children and young people in out of home care and training for young people who are transitioning to adulthood. 

Environment and Sustainability Award - James Jayatilaka

James is a 13-year old Belconnen local who promotes environmentally responsible behaviour. He is passionate about recycling and his infectious attitude and the positive message has spread to many locals in Belconnen. James initiated the program 'Cans in Crates', he visits neighbours, retirement villages and businesses to collect and recycle thousands of cans. He has spoken on ABC Radio for National Recycling Week and was recently elected on to the Residents Association. 

Arts and Multimedia Award - Julia Faragher

Julia is an artist who uses her creativity to inspire others and make art more accessible. Her recent project, “From Amateur to Artist” aimed to give young Canberran women of various backgrounds the opportunity to talk about the intersection of their art with their lives as young women. This series also provided opportunities for young female artists to be featured in the project.