Deakin Alumni Awards 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 winners.

The Deakin University Alumni Awards recognise, acknowledge and promote notable alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given outstanding service to the University. In 2018 we congratulate Ms Karen Inge, Mrs Carley Mchome, Ms Celia Pacquola, and Professor Jane den Hollander AO.

John Stanhope AM, Mrs Carley Mchome (Alumni Community Service), Ms Celia Pacquola (Young Alumna of the Year), Ms Karen Inge (Alumna of the Year), Dr Hannah Macdougall, and Professor Jane den Hollander AO (Honorary Alumna)

Award categories

There are four Alumni Awards categories:

Alumna of the Year – Ms Karen Inge

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Karen Inge is one of Australia’s most established and decorated leaders in the fields of nutrition and dietetics. She is an award-winning author of books on eating for health, fitness, sport and wellbeing.

Karen was the nutrition writer for the Australian Women’s Weekly for 17 years and has a weekly nutrition segment on 3AW, a role she has had for 16 years.

Her studies at Deakin University led her to become the first dietitian appointed to a VFL/AFL club, working with Collingwood from 1980-87, followed by Hawthorn for a further eight years during a period of incredible success for the club.

Having become an established authority in the field of sports nutrition, Karen was the founding Head of Nutrition at the Victorian Institute of Sport and advised athletes for 21 years. She also held a number of key positions with the Australian Ballet Company, the Australian Women’s Basketball Team (Opals), the Victorian Elite Gymnastics program, as well as the role of Nutrition and Dietetics Co-ordinator for the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Karen became the inaugural Vice President and later President of Sports Dietitians Australia. She was the first dietitian to be made a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia and an inaugural Fellow of Sports Dietitians Australia.

Karen also has a passion for culinary nutrition and has worked extensively with major food producers and the hospitality industry to consider nutrition quality as a priority. She is a Director of the healthy food company Dineamic, and recently opened the Georgie Bass Café and Cookery in Flinders, Victoria.

Karen is also a Director of St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research (SVI) and Chair of the SVI Foundation and an Ambassador for Fareshare, which is a food rescue organisation. She is also Chair of the Deakin University Food and Nutrition Advisory Board and has previously been an Ambassador for Vic Health, and a Director of the Coeliac Research Fund.

Alumni Community Service Award – Mrs Carley Mchome

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Carley Mchome's compassion and drive to help others has seen her living abroad in East Africa for over 10 years.

Having originally volunteered in Kenya via a large company, Carley recognised the inefficiencies that came with large operations. By the time she reached Tanzania in 2007, originally intending it to be just a one month stay, she saw an opportunity for smaller, independent organisations to have a real, tangible impact on the community.

Now 10 years later, and with only a handful of trips back home to Melbourne, Carley has been involved in the founding and management of a number of incredibly successful community projects, as well as directing award-winning short films about the stories of young people in Tanzania.

2008 saw Carley open the Ujamaa Hostel, a cost-effective and safe way for volunteers to stay within the local community. This was soon followed by her co-founding of Ujamaa Children’s Home, a residence for children who come from incredible hardship and disadvantage, with no option to return home to their families.

Under Carley's guidance, the philosophy of Ujamaa is to prepare children for the future by providing them with a new family environment, emotional support, the skills to look after themselves as independent adults, as well as an education from a primary to tertiary level.

Young Alumna of the Year – Ms Celia Pacquola

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Celia Pacquola is a comedian, writer and actor who has achieved a remarkable amount of success since graduating from Deakin in 2004. Celia, who says she wasn’t really a funny kid, is now widely recognised across Australia and the UK, as a talent on stage, on screen and behind the camera as a writer and producer. Self-described as a bookish child, Celia felt she had found her tribe amongst the 'arty weirdo types' when she began studies at Deakin.

Celia has won numerous awards, including a 2016 AACTA for Best Supporting Actress in the contemporary Australian Anna Karenina adaptation, 'The Beautiful Lie', and Best Comedy Performance at the 2017 AACTA Awards for her role as Emma Dawes in 'Rosehaven', a series she co-created and co-writes with Luke McGregor. Together they won the 2017 AWGIE for Best Comedy Script – Situation or Narrative.

Celia is also a much-loved regular on Working Dog projects 'Utopia' and 'Have You Been Paying Attention?' and made her feature film debut this year in the widely-acclaimed 'The Breaker Upperers'.

Also in 2018, and hot on the heels of her third AACTA win and a third series announcement for 'Rosehaven', Celia returned to the stand-up stage with a brand new show, 'All Talk', for which she recently won Best Comedy Performer at the 2018 Helpmann Awards.

2018 Honorary Alumna Award – Professor Jane den Hollander AO

Professor Jane den Hollander AO was President and Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University Australia from July 2010 to June 2019.

At Deakin, Prof den Hollander introduced 'LIVE the future', an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.

Prof den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Prof den Hollander is a Director of UniSuper Limited and Trustee, a member of the Premier's Jobs and Investment Panel and a member of the VERNet Board (Victorian Education and Research Network).

Prior to taking up her appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Prof den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Prof den Hollander received an Order of Australia for her distinguished service to tertiary education in the 2017 Australia Day Honours awards.

Prof den Hollander has been a champion for Deakin’s Alumni Community and her continuing support has nurtured the program.

Awards presentation

Award recipients were honoured at the annual Deakin Alumni Awards Dinner on 11 October 2018. You can view the event photos online.

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