CDU congratulates winners of the NT’s Young Achiever Awards
A Charles Darwin University (CDU) alumnus with a passion for advocating for quality education for First Nations people has been named as this years’ Northern Territory Young Achiever of the year.
Leela Kruger, 29, of Alice Springs was part of a strong field of achievers who were nominated for the award, also winning the NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award.
Ms Kruger was amongst 13 category winners who celebrated their successes at an award ceremony held in Darwin on Friday April 14.
CDU student Yuqing (Crystal) Zhao received the Charles Darwin University sponsored International Student Award, being recognised for her dedication to going above and beyond for her community.
Crystal, who is in her last year of a Master of Teaching degree at CDU, has taken part in several teaching placements at a variety of schools in Darwin, resulting in her improved communication skills, teaching competence and classroom management.
In addition to studying and working Crystal volunteers for the Kindness Shake Inc, a not-for-profit organisation that supports international students. She was also one of the key facilitators in delivering the Kindness Shakes International Student Days Out program.
CDU Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Winchester AM presented the award to Crystal at the ceremony and congratulated all winners, acknowledging them for their contributions to the community.
“These awards recognise the Territory’s young people who have made significant and lasting impacts on our wonderful community,” Professor Winchester said.
“Crystal has built significant and lasting community connections in a way that reflects Charles Darwin University's values of kindness, courage, openness, and innovation,” she said.
CDU student-affiliated group the GG Social Club were awarded the Spirit Super Connecting Communities Award.
The GG Social Club engage youth and the community through gaming and supports charities with their activities raising over $2,000 since its inception.
They also support local businesses through sponsorship partnerships and work with government organisations to bring free events to their community.
Category winners each receive a trophy and $2,000.