Two of Port Augusta’s most outstanding young people have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the community.
Amelia Greenfield and Mikayla Hudson have both picked up nominations in the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.
Amelia in the Small Business category and Mikayla in the Aboriginal Achievement category.
The WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award promotes those who "give it a go" through determination, innovation, hard work and self-motivation. Rewarding those who make their own luck and opportunities a reality.
Amelia is certainly one young person who started making her own luck from a very early age.
It began in 2006 when a then 16-year-old Amelia completed a year 11 maths project detailing her plans for a local fodder store if she was the owner.
Little did she know that eight years later at 25, she would be signing paperwork that left her as the sole director of Ranges Country Pty Ltd – the very same company from her assignment.
“I would be responsible for juggling a wide range of products, staff rosters, wages – and the ever important payment of supplier invoices,” Amelia said.
“In the four years since then, my business has gone from strength to strength – and I still have the passion to achieve many more goals in the years ahead.”
Like Amelia, Mikayla is hard-working and determined to achieve her goals.
The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award recognises contributions to the Aboriginal and/or broader community, barriers overcome, leadership skills and cultural achievements.
A plethora of achievements under he belt, including her status as Port Augusta’s 2017 NAIDOC Youth of the Year, Mikayla’s nomination in this category comes as no surprise to those who know her.
With an undergraduate degree in Psychological Science, the diligent student is now undertaking a Masters of Occupational Therapy at Bond University in Queensland.
“I still remain in close contact and actively involved with my local community which allows me to share my experience to inspire and influence others,” she said.
“By the end of masters, I will become a registered Occupational Therapist.
“Which I believe will not only be a success for myself and my family, but also for the Aboriginal community.”
Her journey from living in a country town, to winning a scholarship for boarding school in Adelaide, to then becoming a university student – has inspired those around her to explore opportunities, experiences and pathways that are available for Aboriginal people around the country.