Convocation recognises the importance and the efforts of volunteers.
Emily Hoare, the President of Ignite Mentoring.
Layaal volunteers as the University Engagement Team Manager for Teach Learn Grow which requires her to manage a team of around 40 people Perth's 5 University campuses. TLG aims to bridge the education gap between for children in rural WA and during COVID-19 Layaal innovated and worked tirelessly to keep mentors engaged online by providing upskilling sessions using collaborative engagement strategies. In this role, Layaal has improved the on-campus representation resulting in the largest recruitment of mentors in the last two years despite the pandemic.
Layaal's ability to see potential in all people has made her an incredible volunteer. In her role as Youth Community Services and Fundraising Manager Melkite Catholic Eparchy Church (a church that has a significantly high number of refugees, mostly Syrian), she has shown tremendous initiative by organising fundraising events which has led to the purchase of laptops for recently arrived families and provided free tutoring services to young students. Layaal has encouraged and assisted other young people from refugee backgrounds to volunteer with external organisations such as Disabled Surfers Association and organised career days to improve employability prospects and access to education.
On top of all this, Layaal has volunteered with eMentor, UWA Tennis Club, UWA Student Ambassador, Salvation Army, UniMentor and Perth homeless Support Group. There is no doubt that Layaal will continue to go on making a huge impact in her community and the not-for-profit sector beyond 2020.
2019 winner Elliot Wallace volunteers with the Guild as the Volunteering and Community engagement Chair, making student volunteer experience better at UWA.
He also co-manages outside of university as a volunteer in an organisation called Coastal Clean Up Crew, which focuses on natural resource management and volunteer inspire grass roots campaigns that help clean up Perth's beaches.
At the Spring Ordinary Meeting on 21st September 2018 the Convocation Outstanding Student Volunteer Award and with the Convocation medal was presented to Jiewi Li. She is enthusiastic and puts a lot of effort in coordinating and volunteering for the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group (SERAG).