Simon Warner Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award
The Simon Warner Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award is named after the late son of Life Members, Ralph and Margaret Warner. Simon was taken from us prematurely while working in the family’s caravan park in North Rockhampton in February 2002. He was awarded the first Young Achiever Award posthumously.
The Simon Warner Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award, which is proudly sponsored by MHIA – Land Lease Insurance Specialists, recognises a young person from within the industry who has a bright future within our industry.
MHIA – Land Lease Insurance Specialists are proud to sponsor the Simon Warner Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award again for 2023. MHIA have sponsored this prestigious award since it was first announced and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support.
Employers should consider nominating any employee, aged under 30 (as at 30 June 2023), that is making an impact in their business, and possibly even the industry.
The winner of this Award will receive:
The 2023 Simon Warner Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award
A Delegate Ticket to the next CPAQ Conference
Attendance at the next Caravan Industry Association of Australia National Conference including return economy airfares and three nights accommodation at the conference venue
A Delegate ticket to the next Future Leaders Forum
Profile in an upcoming next edition of the Parkies Post
Judges are asked to determine how well the nomination addresses the questions asked and the award criteria (e.g. have all of the questions been answered, and has the appropriate additional information been provided).
Each question, or piece of information requested, will be allocated a score (maximum score included with the question). Judges will score the answer of each question out of that score and give the nomination a total score out of 10 - these scores will be added up (maximum 100 points) and used to the determine a winner.
Nominee's job title
Park the nominee is employed by
Date Employed by the Business
Nominee's Date of Birth
About the Nominee (worth up to 20 points)
What has the nominee done in the last year to develop their skills or knowledge? (worth up to 10 points)
Why the nominee should win this award? (worth up to 20 points)
Is there anything else you would like the judges to know to assist them with the judging process? (worth up to 10 points)
A photo of the nominee (worth 5 points)
Park logo - please supply as a JPG or PNG file (worth 5 points)
A minimum of one written reference or recommendation. At least one of these references from the nominee’s direct supervisor or manager (worth up to 15 points)
Copies of guest and/or peer feedback (worth up to 15 points)
Please note, a nomination may be marked down if all of these items are not included.
With all nominations it is important that the judges can see clear empirical evidence of how the answer addresses the question, not just anecdotal evidence. Empirical evidence makes it easy for a judge to justify their reasoning in terms of scoring each nomination.
Provide a short overview of the nominee including their background and career highlights. Outline of the nominee’s progression through the industry and contribution made during their employment.
Consider identifying measurable career highlights; be it financial (as a percentage is fine), operational (guest testimonials or increases in Net Promotor / review scores, or increase in social media engagement as an example), or initiatives that this individual has lead that would not have occurred without their input.
Some things to consider may include:
What capacity were they originally employed as?
How have they developed since first starting work?
What is their work ethic like? This may include evidence they are a team player, friendly and generally happy
Examples showing why they are a stand out employee
Ongoing professional development can assist an employee to really shine in their role. Has the nominee completed any activities which have allowed them to develop their skills and knowledge?
This may be accredited training programs, micro-credentialing, or actively seeking out information to make themselves better at their job.
How has this skill/knowledge development helped them in their role or helped your park?
Outline why the nominee would be a deserving winner of this award.
This is the opportunity to define the difference between a contributing member of the team and someone who is going above and beyond to build the park reputation in your business, and how the nominee is achieving this. This is a great opportunity to provide examples of where the nominee has gone above and beyond.
Consider including examples of wider industry contribution (i.e. attending industry events, promoting the business at a trade show or event etc).
If the nominee is part of a team which has made a great achievement, please ensure that you specify the contribution of the nominee.
This is an opportunity to include any additional information that you would like the judges to know which will assist them to understand more about the nominee.
It is important in any awards application to give as much information as possible and take every opportunity to showcase the achievements of the nominee. Use this question to provide additional information, this may be why the business is proud of the nominee, what winning the award would mean to the nominee or something else you feel is important for the judges to know.
It is important that you include each of the items requested in the other information supplied section, this is a chance to get some easy points and in the past has been the difference between the winning nomination and the nomination that came second.
Nominations for this award can be made by the nominees employer or any other individual that has enough insight into the nominee to make the nomination.
Young Achiever Nominees must be under the age of 30, at 30 June 2023.
Nominee must have been employed by a current financial park member of Caravan Parks Association of Queensland for a continuous period of no less than 18 months and must still be employed in the industry at the point of announcing the winner.
Contractors of current financial members of Caravan Parks Association of Queensland are not eligible unless their company is directly responsible for the day to day running of the park.
Nominations are made using the official online entry form.
CPAQ reserves the right to not present this Award if no nominee achieves a score of 60 or more.
We look forward to welcoming you to RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in May for the 2023 CPAQ Conference, proudly brought to you by Bunnings Trade!