Nominate An Outstanding PLC Old Collegian for 2022

The PLC Perth Inspiring Old Collegian Awards celebrate the diverse and outstanding achievements of our alumni and provide the opportunity to inspire others through their recognition.

Nearly 15,000 women, and some men, have had the privilege of a PLC Perth education helping many to make their mark in a suite of professions, businesses, communities and families.

Espousing the PLC values of Learning, Effort, Community, and Integrity, the contribution to the global community by our alumni brings honour to themselves and to our School. These awards recognise their achievements and contributions to society.

Award Categories

The PLC Perth Inspiring Old Collegian Awards are named in recognition of two outstanding Old Collegians and Western Australians who devoted their lives to improving the lives of others and giving back to the community.

Dr June Jones Award Criteria

Recognises Old Collegians whose professional or volunteer accomplishments demonstrate a significant positive impact – locally, nationally or internationally. As an inspirational role model, they have made a difference to the lives of others through their dedication in giving back to the community.

Dr June Jones biography

Dr Patricia Kailis Award Criteria (must be aged 40 or younger to be eligible)

This award celebrates achievement in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship for alumni aged 40 years and younger. It recognises women who are pioneers in their field or fields. The recipient demonstrates trail blazing endeavours across community or professional life and has made her mark on the world through her commitment to furthering the interests of her chosen area of expertise.

Dr Patricia Kailis biography

 

 

How To Nominate:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form (below). If you are nominating one alumnus in multiple categories, please complete a separate nomination form for each category.
  2. Provide a written statement (maximum of 500 words) detailing why the nominee deserves to be recognized and how they meet the criteria for the road.
  3. Nominations may also include supporting evidence: media clippings, electronic media footage, awards etc.
  4. Completed nominations must be received by 5.00 pm (WST) Friday 21 October 2022
  5. Any incomplete nominations, or nominations received after the closing deadline, will not be considered.
  6. The nominations will be considered by a judging panel comprising the PLC Principal, her nominee of a member of the PLC Senior Leadership Team or School Council; and the Old Collegians’ Association President or her nominee.

Nominations can be forwarded by filling out the nomination form online (also available in hard copy).

The deadline for nominations is: 5.00 pm (WST) Friday 21 October 2022

Hard copy nomination forms can be scanned and emailed to oca@plc.wa.edu.au or posted to:

PLC Perth Inspiring Old Collegian Awards
PLC Perth
PO Box 126
COTTESLOE WA 6911

2021 PLC Perth Inspiring Old Collegian Awards Winners

Diana deVos-Beck

During the 2021 Speech Night, two new awards, Dr June Jones Award and the Dr Patricia Kailis Award, were presented to Old Collegians.

The winner of the Dr June Jones Award, which recognises an Old Collegian whose accomplishments demonstrate a significant, positive impact – locally, nationally or internationally, is an inspirational role model and has made a difference to the lives of others through their dedication in giving back to the community, is Diana deVos-Beck OAM (1960).

Diana has been heavily involved in the dance and ballet community locally and internationally. Diana has been the Principal Dancer with the West Australian Ballet (1962) and the Kalinka Dance Company (1972) and has danced with the Northside Ballet Company in Sydney (1972).

Diana created and ran the Diana deVos School of Ballet in New South Wales. In 1978, Diana passed the RAD Advanced Teachers Certificate examination and became a founding member of the Royal Academy of Dance Advisory panel of WA in 1982. She then in from 1997-99 was the chairperson of this panel and was the recipient of the Royal Academy of Dance President’s award in 2012.

In 1997, Diana co-founded the Terpsichore Dance Centre (TDC); a full-time dance school affiliated with the Northlake Senior High School to enable students to complete academic studies to TEE (HSC) level. Then, Diana became a lecturer of Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) from 1999-2008.

Diana presented at the 26th Annual International Conference of the Association for Dance Medicine and Science in 2016 in Hong Kong where she presented on “The Role of Health in the Development of Classical Ballet in W.A. 1950 to 2016”.

In 2015, Diana was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for Services to the Performing Arts and in  2017, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Kendall Whyte

The winner of the Dr Patricia Kailis Award, which celebrates the achievement in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship for alumni aged 40 years and younger, was Kendall Whyte (2010).

Kendall is the 2021 recipient of the WA Young Australian of the Year for her work in the establishment of the Blue Tree Project.

Driven by the suicide of her brother, Kendall started the Blue Tree Project to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Blue trees can now be spotted throughout Western Australia and indeed, Australia. A former PLC boarder, her work is helping thousands of people to understand mental illness and prevent suicide.