Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2009 VIC Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Ellen Sandell

Town: Flemington
State: Victoria

Environmental advocate

Ellen Sandell is passionate about protecting our environment.  In 2007, she conceived and single-handedly created LEAP (Leadership in Environmental Action Program), an environmental conference designed to fill a gap in environmental education and leadership training for high school students. The first three-day conference attracted students from 17 schools across the state, offering workshops led by young environmental leaders, excursions to native forest, and an opportunity to plan their own environmental project. LEAP was so successful that the students used the skills they gained from the conference to start the Victorian Inter-School Environment Network that now includes over 20 high schools.

Ellen is also the Environment Officer of the University of Melbourne Student Union, and was instrumental in getting the university to commit to 50 per cent greenhouse gas reduction by 2010 and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. She is currently the Victorian Schools Coordinator of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and was one of ten Australians chosen to represent the organisation at the United Nations Climate Change Convention last year. Ellen has already done so much to protect our environment and empowers others to do the same.