|LHC Studentsí Top Honour - 13 June 2018|
Two Lourdes Hill College students, Temanu O’Brien-Schmidt (Year 10) and Ellen Reid (Year 8) have been announced as Finalists in the 2018 Bulimba Electorate Queensland Day Awards, presented by Di Farmer MP.
Temanu and Ellen received their awards at a function at Parliament House on Wednesday evening (Queensland Day), in recognition of both girls’ extensive volunteer work in the local community.
Becoming a Finalist is the highest accolade afforded in the Queensland Day Awards. Over 100 nominations were received by the Bulimba Electorate Office for this year’s awards, across two categories (Over 18 and Under 18). Temanu and Ellen were selected as two of the seven Finalists from their category.
Of her achievement, Temanu said:
“When I first received the news of becoming a finalist in the 2018 Queensland Day Awards I was really excited but also very grateful for this opportunity to be recognised for my efforts. In my spare time I am always willing to help others in volunteering for local Queensland and Australian charities such as St Vincent de Paul and Red Cross. Also, being able to represent my Indigenous culture, through the work of the STAR service group here at Lourdes, has been such a vital step towards bridging Reconciliation.
Growing up and learning about the many disadvantages that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face sparked an inspiration for our ‘One Million Stars to End Violence Against Women campaign’. I was able to help make these stars and contribute to this important cause in our society today. These sacred stars have been displayed in the front entry of the library, as part of our Reconciliation Week activities.”
“I am very honoured to be named as a finalist for the 2018 Queensland Awards in recognition of my volunteer work in the Bulimba electorate. I have been involved in the Connect2Veterans initiative through Lourdes Hill College as well as being involved in my local Habitat Bush Care volunteer group and St Peter and Paul's Parish. I love engaging with people in the community and I enjoy listening to people's stories. Everyone has a story to tell.”
Congratulations to both Temanu and Ellen on their outstanding contributions to our Spirited Community and beyond!