Griffith Business School’s 2021 Co-curricular Award winners have been announced, and despite another year affected by disruption and challenges, these students stood tall to achieve some remarkable feats.
Awarded for the first time in 2021, the School’s Sustainability Award recognises an undergraduate student who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to sustainability. The inaugural award went to Felicity Bradford, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce student and President of Griffith’s first student sustainability association, the Sustainable Business Collective.
Proud creator of her own podcast, ‘Collectively Sustainable’ – Felicity is a true Griffith ambassador for sustainability, her achievements extending far beyond co-curricular activities to projects like Climate Action Beacon’s difficult conversation series and the EveryWhen project.
In her own words, “this year has been a whirlwind of experiences and personal developments. Not only am I a more sustainable person and leader, but I’m trying to educate others on sustainability [while] trying to leave the world a better place than when I entered it.”
Community Service Award
Our winner of this year’s Community Service Award showed integrity and leadership through active and enthusiastic participation in her community. Bachelor of Government & International Relations and Criminology and Criminal Justice student Demila Gabriel was extremely honoured to receive the award, saying “I would like to thank the Griffith Business School for this significant recognition and acknowledge the support of my husband and family throughout my life journey.”
Making a positive difference to the wider community is a passion for Demila and has been for some time, telling us,
“Since fleeing Bosnia and Herzegovina as a refugee during the war, it has always been, and remains, my passion to show my sincere appreciation by giving back to the people and the communities that saved me. I am dedicated to helping those in need, regardless of race, religion or skin colour, and to protecting victims of domestic violence.”
The School’s Leadership Award recognises an undergraduate student who has demonstrated responsible leadership and who demonstrates the highest levels of integrity and ethical behaviour in their academic or community endeavours.
The 2021 winner of the award went to Bachelor of Commerce student, Raymond Jason McCarthy.
After struggling to transition from high school to University, Raymond saw the opportunity that university life could bring, motivating him to give back to his peers in the hope of helping them realize their own exciting potential.
As the President of a now thriving Griffith University Commerce Society (GUCS) and PASS Leader, Raymond is happy to say that he has achieved his goals, adding “I am especially proud of the professionalism and supportive culture that we have created at GUCS and how that has attracted enthusiastic people who want to develop themselves and help others do the same.”
This year, the Griffith Business School presented three separate winners of the BusinessPLUS Award, with Olivia Walsh, Georgia Lambert and Dokyung Kim all sharing the honours.
The recipients of this award have demonstrated strong engagement in the Griffith BusinessPLUS program.
Dokyung (Helena) was thankful, saying “it’s such an honor to receive this award as I have worked really hard this year and it just made my last year so much more meaningful and I feel like I have improved as a person. I would be more confident and ready for my future career when I graduate early next year.”
Being an International student, Helena is leading by example as one of the first BusinessPLUS Ambassadors. The Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management student says, “I hope more international students would join this program, get out of their comfort zones and enjoy the challenges they face.”
For more information on the Co-Curricular and Academic Awards, click here.