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Convocation Outstanding Student Volunteer Award

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Convocation recognises the importance and the efforts of volunteers.

2021 Winner

Emily Hoare

Emily Hoare, the President of Ignite Mentoring.

2020 Winner

Layaal Mikhael

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.

Jenny Chang

In 2020, Jenny volunteered as the president for Students for Refugees, as the Women in Social Impact Coordinator for the UWA Women’s Department, as a UniMentor, for the Australian Medical Students Association and Chaired the Volunteer and Community Engagement Committee that steers Guild Volunteering.
The contribution that Jenny has made to fostering a culture of volunteering at UWA is unparalleled. She has overseen the first student-led volunteer weeks, delivering a fully virtual National Volunteer Week and following this up with a raft of face to face and virtual events for National Student Volunteer Week.
Jenny is a natural leader and has prioritised mentoring other students as volunteer leaders. Jenny is always looking for ways to grow engagement and impact by collaborating with others, has worked tirelessly and created a community of social impact clubs.
In addition to the incredible impact that Jenny has had on campus, she has also been a representative for youth volunteering, through her TEDXTalk, interviewing on radio, appearing on Volunteering WA social media and as a speaker at National Volunteer Managers Day workshop.

2019 Winner

Elliott Wallace

Elliott Wallace

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.

2018 Winner

Jiewi Li

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).