Youth, Sport & Recreation leaders up for Young Achiever Awards

EASC Youth, Sport & Recreation supervisors Sebastian Pascoe & Evelyna Dhamarrandji are among 30 finalists named in the running for the 2013 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.

Sebastian & Evelyna, who both come from the Elcho Island community of Galiwin'ku, were nominated by their Manager Mel Fajerman as a testament to their hard work and leadership in the community.

"Both Evelyna & Sebastian continue to inspire me and others with their passion and dedication to working with young people" Mel Fajerman said.

"Sebastian is a proud Yolŋu man who has represented his community and the Arnhem region in several capacities, always with dignity and integrity. 

"Evelyna is a born leader. Evelyna takes on challenges and thrives on her ability to make a difference with individuals, as well as at a community and regional level" said Mel.

Category winners will be announced at the 2013 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards being held at SKYCITY Darwin on Saturday 6th April 2013. 

On behalf of all East Arnhem Shire Council we wish Evelyna and Sebastian the very best.

Sebastian Pascoe
> Finalist,  McArthur River Mining Regional & Rural Initiative Award
> Finalist,  PTTEP Australasia Health and Wellbeing Award

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Sebastian is a young Yolŋu man from Galiwin'ku Elcho Island.  Sebastian is employed as a Sports Development Officer at East Arnhem Shire Council working with children and young people from 5 – 25 years of age. Sebastian has a strong invested interest into getting young people in his community back on the right path through healthy living programs.

2012 has been a busy year for Sebastian. Sebastian was selected a National Indigenous Youth Parliament representative for the Northern Territory, where he raised awareness on local Arnhem issues and the successes of young Yolŋu people; the first for a young man from his community. 

Sebastian and a team of young officers commenced the delivery of an Aged and Disability Care program for social inclusion the first for the Galiwin’ku community, the program provided recreational activities including painting, excursions and music sessions.

Sebastian is also dedicated to coaching his local rugby team and gaining further qualifications within the sports and recreation area. Sebastian believes participation in Sport is a great way to lead by example and he teaches other local youth from his community by taking part and living healthy and active lifestyles you can further achieve your dreams.   

Sebastian sees sport as a means of leading youth away from activities which can lead to criminality and suicide. Sebastian is also assisting with the setup for the first Galiwin’ku Youth Council with the hope that this will lead the way for other communities in Arnhem Land.

Evelyna Dhamarrandji
> Finalist,  Shorelands Group Indigenous Achievement Award

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As a young indigenous youth worker within her community of Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, Evelyna is passionate about improving life choices for young people and creating more opportunities in remote communities.

Working in the Youth Services team and in partnership with Marthakal Young Leaders, Evelyna delivered the first youth led Youth Festival, namely the Galiwin’ku Youth Spirit Festival.

Highly regarded by her peers for her strong leadership skills, she was nominated by the leaders and elders of her community to assist and engage in a three year strategic plan for youth, sport and recreation as well as consultation and development to form the first Galiwin’ku Youth Council.

Because of her achievements and as a role model to other indigenous youth, Evelyna has successfully been selected for several leadership and sporting opportunities interstate and regionally.