YOUNG AUSTRALIAN NOMINEE: Elijah Douglas, pictured in 2014 receiving the Safeguard Youth Leadership Award. A DOOMADGEE youth worker competes against a Brisbane-based inventor, a city mathematician, and a Townsville family violence fighter for the claim of 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the Year.
Elijah Douglas is on the list of nominees. He was a Spinifex State College residential student and Indigenous school captain who graduated in 2014.
Mr Douglasearned a host of leadership acknowledgements in his graduation year but since then has kept out of the public limelight until now.
Last week he was scheduled to be a guest speaker to encourage youth in a cancelledevent on Thursday, November 10.
He received two awards for the Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards in 2014.
These were the Safeguard Youth Leadership Award, and the Commonwealth Bank Special Commendation Award.
Mr Douglas received these awards for his initiative in organising Naidoc celebrations that year.
In 2013 he was selected as one of five youth representatives selected by the Premier Anzac Award Committee to travel to Turkey and the Western Front to acknowledge fallen soldiers.
At the time he was also selected as one of 50 Aboriginal youth across Australia to sit on the National Indigenous Youth Parliament.
Queensland’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday,November 23,at Customs House in Brisbane.
The Queensland Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra onJanuary 25, 2017.
National Australia Day Council CEO Chris Kirby said the Queensland finalists are among 131 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
“The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding Australians – people from all walks of life making extraordinary contributions to our society,” Mr Kirby said.
“The Queensland Award finalists are remarkable individuals whose efforts are changing lives, changing communities and changing the future.”
Commonwealth Bank is amajor sponsor of the awards.
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