UWA graduates won three of the four WA Australian of the Year awards at Sunday’s Government House event. All three are now national finalists with overall winners being announced in Canberra on Australia Day Eve.
Congratulations to the winners.
WA Australian of the Year Andrew Forrest drives hands-on philanthropy and devotes his energy to society’s most vulnerable communities. As an anti-slavery advocate he has drawn attention to the millions of people worldwide trapped in modern slavery.
WA Young Australian of the Year Abdullahi Alim graduated from UWA with an honours degree in finance last year, and has already co-founded an innovation lab to solve issues of contemporary concern. Abdullahi was profiled in UWA Forward earlier this year and you can read that story here.
WA Senior Australian of the Year Peter Kenyon is a community enthusiast and social entrepreneur who has worked with more than 1,600 communities in Australia and 59 overseas to stimulate economic renewal. Peter is motivated the desire to create healthy, inclusive and enterprising local economies and started Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) in 1989.