In 2009 I initiated the Awards to recognise and reward excellence and achievement and to encourage careers in local trades and small business.
Four local prominent business leaders again kindly volunteered their time to assess the nominations and select those they thought most deserving.
Phil Munday of Phil Munday’s Panel Works chaired the independent judging panel, that included Sue O’Brien of Chateau Yering, Nick Fraraccio of Stevens Glass and Clive Larkman of Larkman Nurseries.
As in previous years a wide range of industries were represented.
From the applications received, the judging panel decided upon 18 finalists.
Kate, the young apprentice winner, is a second year hairdressing apprentice at Shear Obsession in Mount Evelyn, and Gemma, the adult apprentice winner, is a first year production nursery apprentice at Humphris Nursery in Mooroolbark.
Both were praised for their leadership qualities and strong work ethic.
Congratulations again to all finalists, the award winners, and the panel who generously gave their time to choose some young locals who are excelling in their chosen field and deserve the recognition and encouragement the Awards provide.