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24 Apr 2019

Seven News WA Young Achiever Finalists Announced

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First National Real Estate is pleased to announce that Western Australia's finalists have been selected for the First National Real Estate Innovation Award - in the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards.

The Finalists are:

  • Jordan Foster, 28 of Innaloo
  • Jordon Prince-Wright, 22 of Bassendean
  • Briege Whitehead, 27 of Karrinyup
  • Tara Lord, 20 of Fremantle

Jordan Foster, 28 of Sorrento is among the first clinicians in Australia to specialise in the treatment of children and teenagers with internet and gaming addiction. She is a Cyber Safety Expert and Clinical Psychologist, recognised for her pioneering work in cyber bullying education and treatment of tech-related issues. She co-authored a digital parenting book, educated over 150,000 students across Australia and lectured to GPs at the Australian Medical Association. Jordan and her team have also developed an innovative tool that quantified human-based information security vulnerabilities, now used by large corporations. In 2019, she will open the first WA clinic specialising in mental health and technology.

Jordon Prince-Wright, 22 of Bassendean produced and directed WA’s largest independent feature film to date, “The Decadent and Depraved.” Shot in remote regions, it was funded by Remote Shires of WA and small and large businesses and organisations in WA. The film won five Los Angeles Film Awards including Best Independent Film Feature, and three New York Film Awards including Best Feature Film. Jordon was selected by The Directors Guild of America as ‘Hollywood Filmmakers of Tomorrow’ and was winner of 7 Oscar Qualifying Film Awards. Jordon founded Prince-Wright Productions whilst in high school and was selected for the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year.

Briege Whitehead, 27 of Karrinyup is a talented storyteller. She is a producer, director and writer who has worked on multiple international factual series such as “72 Places to Live”. Her “72 Cutest Animals” was produced for National Geographic and Netflix and “The Antarctica Experience,” is a ground-breaking virtual reality documentary. Briege owns White Spark Pictures, a production company creating factual virtual reality television. Briege was nominated for ‘Best Interactive’ at the Australian Atom Awards and WA Screen Awards. Her short drama “Crumbs,” has earned official selection in the Cannes Antipodes, St. Kilda Film Festival, St Tropez International Film Festival and Perth International Revelation Film Festival.

Tara Lord, 20 of Fremantle is bringing Animal Assisted Therapy to WA. Together with her rescue dog, Loki, Tara hopes to change the world one paw print at a time. They sought certification to be an accredited therapy team and now regularly visit mental health facilities, family group homes, shelters, schools and homeless housing. The project focuses on equality, inclusion, empowerment, promoting hope and providing a voice for the unheard whilst supporting local businesses and sense of community. Tara plans to turn the program into a therapy ranch that will hold respite care, emergency crisis accommodation and camps for people with disabilities and mental health issues.

The First National Real Estate Innovation Award recognises young people that have demonstrated creative, inspirational and innovative thinking and have made a significant contribution to an entrepreneurial culture and globally competitive Western Australia.

The award celebrates young people who have demonstrated innovation in entrepreneurial thinking; in the workplace; through development of services and products with leading edge technological content; renewable and alternative energies; economic participation and the creative industries. This award is open to individuals who are giving youth a voice to discuss and stimulate ideas, share solutions and use innovation to shape the future.

The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at Pan Pacific Perth on Saturday evening 25th May. Great prizes are up for grabs with each category winner receiving a $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, a $500 Woolworths Gift Card, plus a trophy.

One of the nine category winners will be chosen as the 2019 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, a $500 Woolworths Gift Card and an overall state trophy.

All Finalists will go into the Catholic Education Western Australia People’s Choice Award, which is run through our Facebook page; “Seven News Young Achiever Awards WA”. Please ensure you like our page and vote for your favourite Finalist. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner and will receive a $500 Visa gift card, courtesy of Catholic Education Western Australia.

Community members including friends and colleagues of each Finalist are invited to share this special occasion. Tickets are $130.00 each which includes a three-course meal, beverages and entertainment. Tickets can be easily purchased online by visiting www.youngachieverawards.com, clicking WA, then clicking on the “purchase tickets” icon.

For further information about our other Finalists or purchasing tickets please feel free to contact the Awards Office on 9201 1155.

Tags: Young Achiever Awards, first national foundation, Innovation award, western australia, Seven News

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