Deakin Alumni Awards 2017

Each year, Deakin's Alumni Community Awards recognise, acknowledge and promote prominent Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given outstanding service to the University.

The award

Our 2017 Alumni award is a distinctively hand crafted piece made from cast glass that is engraved and polished, and takes advantage of the unique translucent and reflective properties of the medium.

The award is created by Dr Lienors Torre from the Faculty of Arts and Education. Lienors is a Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, and an outstanding artist with 20 years’ experience in this medium.

Her inspiration for the design of the award comes from seashells and staircases. Shells are intimate forms that nurture and protect. Staircases suggest an accession and journey. Together these symbols manifest the perfect ingredients to embrace throughout life and education.

Auntie Joan Vickery AO, Mr Dean Landy, Ms Tracey Gaudry, Dr Nicole Weber, Dr David Parkin OAM

2017 Winner biographies and videos

Dr David Parkin OAM

Lifetime Achievement Award
Media Commentator, ABC Radio National
Trained Primary Teacher’s Certificate, 1963
Honorary Doctor of Letters, 2013

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David Parkin’s celebrated decades-long career in AFL spans extraordinary achievements on and off the field, as a player, coach, commentator and educator. In 1971 he captained the Hawthorn Football Club to their second premiership and then coached them to a flag in 1978. He coached Carlton Football Club to successive Premierships in 1981-82, and took them to a record-breaking number of victories in 1995, culminating in them becoming Premiers.

David’s professional experience includes President of the Australian Football Coaches Association (1994-2002); Executive Officer Australian Football Coaches Association (1989-90); Director of Football, Hawthorn Football Club (2001-2002) and President, Australian Football Coaches Association (Victorian Branch). He has been a commentator on ABC Radio, Radio 774 and Fox Sports. He was AFL All Australian Coach in 1995 and is a Member of the Hall of Fame at Hawthorn Football Club (2003), Carlton Football Club (2011) and the Australian Football Hall of Fame (2002).

David’s academic achievements include developing and lecturing in the Sports Coaching Degree course at Deakin University. He was awarded a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contribution to Deakin University in the fields of coach and athlete education and his special contribution in the Australian Football League (AFL) and the wider coaching community. He has written more than a dozen books and numerous articles on sport and high performing business cultures.

Named in his honour, the annual Deakin University David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change honours David’s significant contribution to Australian society in leadership, sport and education and promotes the advancement of public knowledge by exploring the challenges and opportunities for sport to act as a driver of social change.

Auntie Joan Vickery AO

Lifetime Achievement Award
Master of Public Health, 2004 (Institute of Koorie Education, Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus)

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following video contains images and voices of a deceased person.

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Auntie Joan Vickery is a Gunditjmara Elder originally from Portland, Western Victoria. She has been an Aboriginal health pioneer for over 40 years, having undertaken extensive work supporting rural communities and in diabetes research and support.

In 1975 Joan helped establish the Ngwala Willumbong Co-operative, providing rehabilitation support services to the Aboriginal community. The same year, Joan joined the Victorian Department of Health as one of the first Aboriginal Health Aides and was appointed to a working party pushing for policy change to improve Aboriginal health outcomes. As a result of the working party’s efforts, Health Aides were moved into hospitals and renamed Aboriginal Liaison Officers. In 1982, Joan became the first of these at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

While at St. Vincent’s, Joan developed the idea of special camps to raise awareness of diabetes, a personal cause for Joan. The camps proved a huge success, and Joan went on to found a dedicated Koori Diabetes Service. In 1990, Joan began working at the Melbourne-based International Diabetes Institute.

Joan completed a Master’s in Public Health at the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University in 2005. She has authored several papers and edited numerous books. Today her involvement with the health sector continues, as patron of Onemda, VicHealth’s Koori Health Unit at Melbourne University. She is also part of the University’s Aboriginal Action Plan, a board member of the Aboriginal Community Elders Services and sits as an Elder on the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Koori Court, a division of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

In 2011, Joan received a National Elders Award from the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council for her contribution to higher education for the Victorian Aboriginal community. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Auntie Joan remains a great friend to the Institute of Koorie Education and Deakin University and is currently the Patron of the Institute of Koorie Education Advisory Board.

Ms Tracey Gaudry

Alumni of the Year
Board of Directors, Union Cycliste Internationale
Bachelor of Commerce, 1992 (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus)
Bachelor of Science, 1992 (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus)

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A former professional road cyclist, Tracey Gaudry has enjoyed a career steeped in achievement both on the road and in the boardroom. At the height of her cycling career she was ranked third in the world, competing at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.

Tracey’s career in sports administration has been equally high-achieving, spanning leadership roles in national and international sporting organisations. Her most recent engagement as CEO of Hawthorn Football Club was a landmark in the cultural progression of Australian sport – a major appointment from outside the AFL industry and the first female chief executive of an AFL club.

Tracey is currently a Director and immediate past Vice President of the Union Cycliste Internationale – the world governing body for the sport of cycling, and a contributor to the International Olympic Committee on gender inclusion.

Tracey’s executive and non-executive experience has clearly seen her put her Deakin double degree in science and business to good use with previous roles including; General Manager at Athletics Australia (2015-2017), Chief Executive Officer at the Amy Gillett Foundation (2010-2015), Executive Member of the Australian Anti-Doping Review Panel (2010-2014), and Australian Institute of Sport Ethics Commission (2004-2010).

Tracey was instrumental in creating the world-first Nitro Athletics series, which transformed athletics into a team format and brought some of the world’s most exciting track and field athletes, including Usain Bolt, to Melbourne earlier this year. Tracey led the establishment of the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2016, comprising 25 professional cycling events for women around the globe. Tracey’s role with the Amy Gillett Foundation has resulted in legislative change for cycling safety in five states over the past four years.

Mr Dean Landy

Young Alumni of the Year Award
Architect and Director
ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, Architect Partner
Founder, One Heart Foundation
Bachelor of Arts (Architecture), 1998 (Geelong Waterfront Campus)
Bachelor of Architecture, 2001 (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

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Since graduating from Deakin in 2001, Dean has gone on to carve out a unique ‘purpose driven’ career in architecture and urban design, as an author, and as a social entrepreneur.

As a partner at Melbourne-based firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke, Dean is responsible for the planning and design of many new towns around Australia, giving him a unique opportunity to help shape the places and environments in which future generations will live, work, learn and connect. His architectural repertoire spans large scale retail and commercial projects, multi-residential and mixed-use developments, and community infrastructure projects.

Dean’s passion and drive to improve the quality of people’s lives by creating stronger communities led him to write and publish his first book in 2016: Creating Vibrant Communities – a fresh approach to delivering healthy, sustainable and liveable communities. The book provides a valuable resource for developers, councils, government and community members alike to help create more people-focused outcomes in the communities they call home.

As a social entrepreneur, Dean is driven to make a difference in the communities of developing nations, and in particular in the lives of disadvantaged children.

In 2007 Dean founded One Heart Foundation – a ‘for-purpose’ organisation that is working to break the poverty cycle in Africa, and change the future of orphaned and abandoned children.

One Heart Foundation is currently the legal guardian of 75 vulnerable children and is developing child focused eco-villages, building and operating children’s homes, schools, skills training centres and farms. The organisation is dedicated to using education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly love, to transform the lives of individuals and whole communities.

Dr Nicole Weber

Alumni Community Service Award
Doctor, University Hospital Geelong
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, 2014 (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus)

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Dr Nicole Weber was already a seasoned health professional when she commenced her studies in medicine at Deakin University. Her double degree in medicine and surgery, undertaken at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, was complemented by two previous Bachelor’s degrees (Science and Pharmaceutical Science), a Master of Pharmacy, and experience working as a registered hospital pharmacist. To say Nicole is passionate about health and helping people – would be an understatement.

In her first year of medical school Nicole travelled to Fiji to attend the Fiji Village Project with both local and NZ doctors. As a result of this experience, Nicole’s passion for medicine and the developing world culminated in a strong desire to initiate her own medical program in rural India through Deakin University.

In 2012, she founded the Global Village Project, a not-for-profit registered charity, acting as its president until 2016. The Global Village Project focuses on childhood immunisation and health education in the poverty stricken Indian state of Orissa. Deakin medical and allied health students have returned to the orphanage in the eastern highlands every year since the program’s inception to continue the immunisation program and educate the community on matters of sanitation, hydration and hygiene. All volunteers pay their own way, with all funds raised going entirely towards medical equipment, vaccines and toothbrushes.

Nicole is currently working as a GP registrar and has been based in Brisbane since January 2017. She is still strongly connected to the Global Village Project and currently working on expanding the program locally and abroad.

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