Young Achievers Make Finals

Young Achievers Make Finals

Image: Finalist Dylan Wagner at Oakdale Timber.

Oakdale Enterprises congratulates finalists in the 2019 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.

Dylan Wagner is a finalist in the Colony 47 Transition to Work Award, which applauds young people who are striving to go above and beyond to secure a job and create a better future for themselves. Dylan Pace also reached the semi finals in this category. Both of these nominees are participants at Oakdale Training.

Karita Casimaty is a finalist for the TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award, which recognises inspirational young individuals who are changing the lives of people living with a disability. Karita is a staff member at Oakdale Training.

Judging will take place later this month and culminate in a Gala Presentation on Friday 31 May 2019. Category winners take home a cash prize and go into the running for the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year. Nominees are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award which is voted by the public on the event Facebook page. Voting opens soon so keep an eye on the official Facebook page and get behind our nominees!

In other award news, Dr Kim Backhouse, Executive General Manager or operations was recently a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She was nominated in the For Purpose & Social Enterprise category for her work in her previous role as CEO of The Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania, where she lead her team in supporting carers with resources, training and support when dealing with children with complex needs and trauma.

Congratulations to all and good luck to our finalists!

Read more about the Tasmanian Young Achiever awards and see more about the nominees below:

Dylan – Finalist in the Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

Through the support and training received through Oakdale Training, Dylan was able to develop and start his own successful gardening business Dylan’s Mowing.

Support Provided: Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Goal: Open own gardening business

Dylan’s LLN support assisted him in;

  • Acquiring an ABN
  • Preparing business accounts
  • Learning to complete invoices
  • Marketing
  • Setting prices for goods and services
  • Comparing market prices with other businesses
  • Researching competitive businesses.

Dylan – Semi-Finalist in the Colony 47 Transition to Work Award

Dylan has applied the confidence and skills developed in his LLN support to his passion for sports. He has begun volunteering as a sports mentor for young people living with autism through the Lend a Hand to Hugo foundation. Having strengthened his skills and boosted his confidence, Dylan will now be ready to face the challenge of moving out of home.

Support Provided: Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Goal: Improve literacy and numeracy to move out of home

Dylan’s LLN support assisted him in developing;

  • Financial literacy
  • Reading strategies
  • Oral communication
  • Confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Volunteering
  • Engaging as a sports mentor
  • Exploring employment options that coincide with his interests

Karita – Finalist in the TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Karita has been working within the Disability Sector for 8 years. She is currently working in Oakdale Training (formerly Oak Training & Development) to provide innovative support through her role as a Service Supervisor. During this time she has been a part of various innovative projects such as;

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award, First to develop and deliver this Award to young adults diagnosed with a disability in Tasmania (Still currently the only service in Tasmania that offers this internationally recognised award to young adults diagnosed with a disability)
  • Oak Possability Quiz Night, (involved in developing & running)
  • Received a Grant through 26TEN, to deliver staff training to upskill staff to assist participants with their literacy and numeracy.
  • Innovative and Excellence award through her work as a Literacy Tutor and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Asked to speak at a formal dinner with His Royal Highness Prince Edward at Government House in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, during the Royal Visit last year.
  • Supported a young group from Oakdale Training to meet His Royal Highness Prince Edward.