Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards

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Nillumbik Shire Council are proud to present the annual Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards.

Tying in with International Women's Day celebrations, these awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of young women in Nillumbik to their communities.

Nomination categories for 2022 Awards

Nominations for 2022 will be accepted across the following 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 woman and girl
  5. Young Environment leader – Young women protecting and enhancing the environment
  6. Young Business Leader Young women leading the way in local business

Making a nomination

Women and those who identify as female 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 will open on 4 October 2021 and will close on 17 December 2021. 

Before submitting a nomination, we recommend reading through the YWLN Awards Information Document below covering eligibility, selection and assessment criteria.

Submit a nomination now


2021 Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Award Winners

Young Woman of the Year – Madeleine Cameron

Madeleine is an integral member of Headspace Greensborough’s Youth Advisory Council.

Through this role, she has represented Headspace at a variety of advocacy groups including the National Youth Reference Group and the Clinical Governance Consortia.

She has dedicated herself to advocating for youth mental health in the context of COVID-19, meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to discuss the importance of supporting young people’s engagement and mental health during Melbourne’s lockdown.

This resulted in the provision of federal funding to support Headspace’s work with young people at risk or those disengaged from education.

Young Creative Leaders – Luna The Moon

Jess, Julia and Issy make up the acoustic ukulele trio from Eltham and have a passion for music and performance.

Over the past year they have adapted their performances to provide online concerts during lockdown, bringing music and entertainment to the community when it was needed most.

Playing covers of new tunes and old classics, Luna The Moon bring diverse members of the community together.

Young Sports Leader – Shania John

Shania was among the first all-girls cricket team in the Diamond Valley League and is now a senior player at the Research Eltham Collegians Cricket Club where she captains a mostly male team.

She also serves as the league’s girls’ cricket coordinator and has coached many girls cricket teams, ensuring young girls are given the confidence and inspiration to continue in the sport.

Shania has blazed a trail, breaking barriers for other girls who want to play the sport and take on leadership roles in community sport.

Young Business Leader – Brittany Reukers

Britt has made waves in the business industry, launching her recycled activewear company a little over a year ago.

Her business model aims to provide the best ethical design, partnering with REPREVE, the world’s leading fabric made from ocean-bound plastic water bottles.

Britt is a highly organised and energetic young woman committed to innovation who managed to launch her business while studying at high school.