2019 National TOYP Honourees
Founder, Aussie Books for Zim
Alfred Chidembo is this year’s JCI Australia TOYP Honouree in the category of Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership.
After completing his studies and while working as a research engineer, Alfred set up the charity Aussie Books for Zim (ABZ).
Without any money and having to rely heavily on volunteers, the organisation has now set up four libraries in some of the most remote villages in Zimbabwe.
A fifth library is being built from the ground up after receiving a grant from Better World Books.
While they may not be able to take every child out of the village, ABZ can bring a library to them and hopefully empower them to achieve through books and literacy.
Founder, Seven Women
Stephanie Woollard is this year’s JCI Australia TOYP Honouree in the category of Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership.
Stephanie started her Seven Women project when she was 22 years old after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a small tin shed to sell at the local markets.
Literally started in a tin shed, the Seven Women project has since changed the lives of over 1000 disabled Nepalese women through training, employment and the sale of their ethically manufactured goods worldwide.
In addition, 5000 women have been positively impacted through outreach programs facilitated by the enterprise.
Harvee Pene is this year’s JCI Australia TOYP Honouree in the category of Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments.
Harvee is the Co-Founder of Inspire CA – Life Changing Accountants. Inspire is on a mission to become “Australia’s Most Impactful Accounting Firm” by helping families get Cashed Up so they can use their business for good.
For every dollar of tax they save their small business clients, Inspire gives a day of access to food, water, health and sanitation to a family in need.
To date, Inspire has given over 7 million days of access to life-changing help to those in need, in over 16 countries.
Inspire’s goal is giving 1 billion days of help by 2030.
Mitchell Horrocks is this year’s JCI Australia TOYP Honouree in the category of Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership.
Mitchell is the Founder of 663 To Zero, an organisation that helps people in rural Ugandan communities access clean drinking factors.
Latest figures show that their OKUZI product has now been distributed to over 8,000 families, which will allow over 40,000 people to have access to clean drinking water.
Global TOYP Program
The Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Award is a JCI global flagship program, which recognises the hard work and the huge positive changes being made by young people all over the world. Every year, 10 outstanding individuals are honoured with a TOYP Award. By recognising these young people, JCI raises the status of socially responsible leaders in this world.
Since 1983, JCI has honoured nearly 300 individuals from 57 nations. Past TOYP Honourees include such well-known personalities as John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Elvis Presley, Jackie Chan, Wayne Gretzky and many more, all named before the age of 40.
Australian Global TOYP Honourees
JCI Australia has a proud history of showcasing our Australian honourees on the global stage. Sixteen Australians have been globally recognised as JCI Global TOYP Honourees, 8 of them in the last decade. The most recent recipient was Robert Gillies in 2016 in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.
Other notable Australian Global Honourees include Thankyou Group Founder and Managing Director, Daniel Flynn (2014), the Oaktree Foundation Founder and Global Citizen CEO, Hugh Evans (2004) and Zambrero Owner and CEO, Dr. Sam Price (2008).
National TOYP Program
JCI Australia’s national TOYP Program provides a pathway for communities to nominate outstanding young Australians between the ages of 18 and 40 in the following fields for recognition. National Honourees will have an opportunity to go on and enter the global TOYP Program later in the year on the recommendation of JCI Australia.
- Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment
- Political, legal, and/or governmental affairs
- Academic leadership and/or accomplishment
- Cultural achievement
- Moral and/or environmental leadership
- Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights
- Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership
- Scientific and/or technological development
- Personal improvement and/or accomplishment
- Medical innovation
Past National TOYP Honourees
2019 – Alfred Chidembo, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2019 – Harvee Pene, Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments
2019 – Stephanie Woollard, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2019 – Mitchell Horrocks, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2018 – Andrew Mellody, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2018 – Sally Hetherington, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2018 – Weh Ming Yeoh, Contribution to Children, World peace, and/or Human Rights
2017 – Abdullahi Alim, Contribution to Children, World peace, and/or Human Rights
2017 – Emma Fulu, Contribution to Children, World peace, and/or Human Rights
2017 – Melissa Abu-Gazalah, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2017 – Scot Farquhar, Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishment
2016 – Dr. Robert Gilles, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2015 – Dr. John van Bockxmeer, Medical Innovation
2014 – Daniel Flynn, Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments
2014 – Darren Lomman, Scientific and/or Technological Development
2013 – Linh Do, Moral and/or Environmental Leadership
2009 – Leigh Mathews, Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights
2008 – Dr. Sam Prince, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2008 – Tania Major, Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs
2005 – Matthew Albert, Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights
2004 – Hugh Evans, Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership
2001 – Moira Therese Kelly, Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights
1998 – Janine Shepherd, Personal Improvement and/or Accomplishment
1988 – Marty Gauvin, Scientific and/or Technological Development
1987 – Susan Clasohm, Moral and/or Environmental Leadership
1984 – Lloyd Fourmile, Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs
1984 – Michael Waldock, Political, Legal and/or Governmental Affairs