Colony 47 Young Indigenous Award Winner

If the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards are anything to go by we can all feel confident that the future of our state is bright.

The achievements of each nominee, finalist and winner were incredibly inspirational and none more so than the 2018 winner of the Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achiever Award, Madelena Andersen-Ward.

Colony 47 CEO, Danny Sutton said that we are delighted to be able to showcase the leadership of young indigenous people in our community through this award.

“Madelena’s work in the community, through community performances and festivals, her effort to promote education to indigenous youth and her role mentoring young indigenous musicians makes her a very deserving winner,” said Mr Sutton.

“We look forward to following Madelena’s journey over the coming years and the positive impact she will make in our community.”

The winner of Colony 47’s 2017 Indigenous Achiever award, Jacob Prehn, said the award is making a significant impact in the Tasmanian Community.

“The Young Indigenous Achievement Award is important because it challenges the deficit discourse that Aboriginal people aren’t successful,” said Mr Prehn.

“Receiving the Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award was a nice recognition of the hard work I’ve undertaken regarding Aboriginal health and, being acknowledged by peers and the Tasmanian community, is a thoughtful gesture.”

In the last 12 months Mr Prehn has progressed with his higher degree by research on the Effects of Bush Adventure Therapy on the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal men and successfully built the state’s first Aboriginal men’s shed at Karadi Aboriginal Corporation.

At 26 years old, Madelena has a Bachelor of Music and has been self employed as a singer and songwriter for the last seven years.

Congratulations to Madelena on her achievements to date and we look forward to following her progress as she continues to strengthen our community through her talent and creativity.

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