Our Inspiring Young People

Check out these snapshots of our awesome young people. Find out about the journeys they are on, how they started and where they want to go.

Olivia Connell

Olivia Connell

FromDonald, VictoriaStudyElly Lukas Beauty Therapy CollegeWorkBeauty TherapistBackup plan turned careerDoing TAFE in high school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after school while I was in year 11 and 12. Beauty therapy was actually more of a back up plan. In...

Matt Miller

Matt Miller

FromYarrawonga , VictoriaWorkMarketing, Commodore AustraliaPasssionsLocal/International Business, Community, GolfStarting my own business in year 10Needing an after school job I started running my own Lawn Care and Garden Maintenance business in high school. I found...

Rahni Quarrell

Rahni Quarrell

FromTimboon, VictoriaWorkHospitality, CFA, Ambulance VictoriaPassionsLocal Community, Volunteering, Health CareStaying local and involved in my community What came after year 12? I really had no plan at all. Since school I’ve been doing little bits and pieces for the...

Tim Vo

Tim Vo

FromWarracknabeal, VictoriaWorkElectoral Officer, Federal GovernmentPassionsEducation, Politics, CommunityTim's JourneyWhat did you do straight after high school?  After finishing year 12 at Warracknabeal, I worked for a year at the local Catholic Primary School as an...

Zoey Torney

Zoey Torney

FromSaint Arnaud, VictoriaCareerParamedic and NursePassionsCommunity, Paramedicine, Health Care Zoey TorneyWhat did you do after high school? I left school and went straight to uni to do a double degree in paramedicine and nursing. This wasn’t always the plan, I...

Tom Poulton

Tom Poulton

FromTallangatta, VictoriaAge20WorkProduct and sales specialist, Automotive IndustryAspirationsGraphic Design, AnimationTom's JourneyBeing a Rural Youth Ambassador My brother was a Rural Youth Ambassador two years before me so that’s how I got involved in Rural...

Kaylee Comben

Kaylee Comben

FromYanakie, VictoriaAge24PassionsTravel, new experiencesKayleey's JourneyChasing the right opportunities Since finishing school I’ve been focusing on chasing opportunities that I think will suit my personality. I did try going to university after year 12, but I...

Xavier Healy

Xavier Healy

FromOuyen, VictoriaAge25WorkPolicy Advisor, Parliament of VictoriaStudyBachelor of Arts (Honours) at The University of Melbourne.Xavier's JourneyGrowing up in Ouyen I grew up in Ouyen, a small town in North-West Victoria. My family owned a farm and later some small...

Jemma Walsh

Jemma Walsh

FromStrathmerton, VictoriaAge23StudyBachelor of Political Science and Bachelor of International Relations,  Australian National University (ANU)WorkCustomer Services Manager, the National Zoo and AquariumPassionsRural education, wildlife conservation, politics Jemma's...

Dana McDonald

Dana McDonald

FromNathalia, VictoriaAge22StudyBachelor of Nutrition (Torrens University)WorkAdministration (Melbourne Law School)PassionsHealth, Nutrition, Indigenous HealthDana's JourneyGrowing Up in Nathalia I grew up in Nathalia, first on a farm and then in town. It’s a quiet...

Morgan Hallam

Morgan Hallam

FromHopetoun, VictoriaAge24StudyDeakin University (Commerce and International Studies).WorkCountry Fire Authority (CFA) and Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV)Morgan's JourneyHigh School Growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed being in a small and supportive community like Hopetoun....

Josh Koenen

Josh Koenen

FromWarracknabeal, VictoriaAge23CareerDisability Support WorkJosh's JourneyHigh School I grew up and went to school in Warracknabeal. In a small town, your friends are nearby, you can go down the creek anytime, and you can ride your dirt bikes whenever. Looking back,...