Shining examples of Hume’s youth honour our hero


The winners of the 2015 Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Awards were shining examples of Hume’s young people and demonstrated the values of the fallen Australian hero, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca has named Sarah Mackin and Angela Atonio as the inaugural recipients of the award, created to honour Corporal Baird VC MG and help Hume’s young people to pursue their dreams.

He said both winners were nominated under the category of Encouragement, which aimed to recognise a commitment to a passion or area of interest.

“Sarah and Angela have been very active members of the Hume community, and they both share a passion to help other young people to be their best,” Cr Atmaca said.

“They are truly model citizens, and many have benefitted through their passion and dedication to causes that make Hume a better place.

“I’m proud that Hume City Council has awarded Sarah and Angela a total of $10,000 to help them follow their dreams.”

Sarah Mackin is a 24 year old who has experienced homelessness, and is now the chairperson of the Kangan Youth Foyer Program’s Leadership Group.

She has organised events in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Movember men’s health campaign, and has commenced studies in community services and community development to build a career as a youth worker.

Angela Atonio, 21, is Hume’s 2015 Young Citizen of the Year and is well-respected for her leadership within the Hume Young Leaders Program.

The Craigieburn resident organised the 2014 Change It Up Youth Forum, and has volunteered to assist the White Ribbon Day and R U OK campaigns.

Cr Atmaca said he was confident that both Sarah and Angela would utilise the award money to help make the world a better place.

“Sarah has indicated her wish to volunteer with other young people overseas, and Angela is keen to attend the 2016 Youth Summit in Canberra, and I know they will each make a real impact,” he said.

“They are both worthy recipients of an award in the name of a young man who fought so bravely for his country, and died on the battlefield with extraordinary courage.

“Corporal Baird VC MG grew up in Hume. He attended primary and secondary school at Gladstone Park. He was one of us.

“The people of Hume will always remember the gallantry of a man whose selfless and heroic sacrifice inspires us all.”

Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG was a member of the 2nd Commando Regiment when he was killed-in-action in Afghanistan’s Khod Valley, as he attempted to draw enemy fire away from his comrades.

Hume City Council announced last year that it would initiate the Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Awards to help young Hume residents to pursue their passion.

For further information on the awards, visit

Posted on 12:00 AM, 23 April 2015

Updated : 2:10 PM, 20 September 2016

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