Hume Young Leaders Awards 2023

Published on 08 September 2023

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The Hume Young Leaders Awards have returned for a second big year to recognise just some of our bright young achievers at a special ceremony on Thursday 7 September, 2023. 


This year nine of Hume’s outstanding young leaders have been recognised for their important contribution made through being role models for their peers and the community. 

Hume City Council received dozens of nominations from proud teachers, coaches, parents and carers, as well as from friends and self-nominations, to ensure those that are helping pave the way for the next generation are given the recognition they deserve.  

The Young Leader Awards are just one way Hume City Council supports opportunities for young people to grow and flourish, as outlined in Connect and Thrive: A Plan for Young People in Hume 2022-2026 which outlines councils' key direction for young people and families over the next five years. 

The award winners will attend the Hume Young Leaders Workshop on 20 September, an event designed to encourage our young leaders to understand their leadership capabilities and use that to have a positive impact in Hume. 

Hume Young Leader Award recipients 2023: 

Laura Giles – Young Sports Leader

Kiana Mei – Young Entrepreneurial Leader

Marjorie Falefata – Young Environmental Leader

Michaela Bench -  Young Advocacy Leader

Aleyna Ozsoy - Young Gender Equity Leader (Joint winner)

Jamil Nabole –  Young Gender Equity Leader (Joint winner)

Siyoda Jayawardene – Young Creative Leader

Natasha Walker – Young Aboriginal Leader

Victorian Afghan Youth Association -  Young Group of the Year

Sarah Hanoona – Young Leader of the Year


Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hume City Cr. Joseph Haweil: 

“Hume City is in incredibly safe hands thanks to the young locals standing up to be a voice for their generation. 

“The Young Leaders recognised at these awards have shown that they care not only for their peers but for the future of community, and I wish them luck expanding their leadership skills at the Young Leaders Workshop.”