Young Women Leaders of Nillumbik Awards

Photo of Madeleine Cameron, winner of Nillumbik Young Woman of the Year Award. She is holding a framed certificate and a bunch of flowers.

Some of Nillumbik’s most outstanding young women have been recognised at Nillumbik Shire Council’s Young Women Leader Awards.

The awards, which were presented at Council’s annual International Women’s Day event on 11 March 2021, celebrate the significant achievements of young women in the Nillumbik community.

Nillumbik Shire Council congratulates these amazing young women and everyone who was nominated for an award.

2021 Young Woman Leaders

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 Strerkandmooi.com 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.

Nillumbik Shire Council would like to congratulate all community members who were nominated on for their wonderful achievements and thank them for their contribution to the Nillumbik community.