Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards

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Do you know an inspiring young woman in our community? Applications are now open for the annual Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of young women in Nillumbik to their communities in the lead up to International Women's Day celebrations.

2023 nominations now open

Nominations are open in the following six categories:

  1. Nillumbik Young Woman of the Year – Young women making a difference and leading change in Nillumbik
  2. Young Creative Leader – Young women using creative arts to represent, motivate and inspire community
  3. Young Sports Leader – Young women who lead and inspire others to participate in sport and physical activity 
  4. Young Gender Equity Leader – Young women championing gender equity, wellbeing and freedom from violence for every girl, woman and gender diverse person
  5. Young Climate Action Leader – Young women who lead, support and inspire others to take climate action
  6. Young Business Leader – Young women leading the way in local business

All women and gender diverse people aged 12-25 who live, work, study, volunteer or play in Nillumbik and have made an outstanding contribution to our community are invited to self-nominate. Friends and family can also nominate a deserving individual.

Nominations close on 16 December 2022 and the awards will be presented at Nillumbik's International Women's Day event in March 2023.

How to apply

Follow the steps outlined at the link below and apply today:

Submit an application

2022 Young Women Leaders

Learn about last year's talented winners

Young Woman of the Year

Fieke van Der Kamp has been a passionate member of the inaugural Nillumbik Shire Youth Council and was elected as the first Youth Council Mayor in 2021. She has dedicated her time to empowering and inspiring other young people in the community.

Fieke was selected to attend a meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, where she provided feedback on mental health challenges face by young people and workshopped solutions and programs to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians.


Young Creative Leader

Abigail Wilson has made an incredible impact in the creative arts space, using her skills as a film maker to shine a spotlight on community groups in Nillumbik. Abigail’s award-winning short films demonstrate her commitment to storytelling, showcasing lesser-known tales of Nillumbik’s people and community.

Selecting video subjects that are often overlooked, Abigail demonstrates advocacy for community groups and organisations, highlighting her value of community spirit, identity and team work.


Young Business Leader

Orianna Edmonds is the proud owner of Naturally Goat Skincare, manufacturing high-quality organic goat’s milk skincare and body products, produced from the milk collected from her own goat herd.

Through her proactive approach to developing her business, Orianna has had a significant impact on the Nillumbik community, supporting other local farms, producers, retailers and consumers.


Young Sport Leader

Jessica Alpen has been a volunteer assistant coach for the All Abilities cricket team at Research Eltham Collegians Cricket Club since its inception. She consistently demonstrates leadership in all areas of the club’s All Abilities program and has proven to be an exceptional role model for all players on the team, developing strong connections with the playing group, their families/carers and the wider club community.


Young Gender Equity Leader

Brianne Keogh is a dedicated member of the Nillumbik Youth Council, where she acts as a voice for young women in the community. Brianne’s continuous advocacy for the young women of Nillumbik has been pivotal in ensuring gender equity is represented in the new Nillumbik Youth Strategy throughout all priority areas.

Brianne was also integral to the development of the Nillumbik Youth Council’s recent 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence youth-led video.