2020 Alumni Award recipients

On Friday evening, the College's Alumni Association recognised three outstanding members of our community who each provide a shining example for current students and alumni alike to aspire to.

John Nolan ('76) - Brother Patrick Kelly Leadership Award

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Since graduating from CBC in 1976, John has made significant contributions to government, the private sector and a number of community organisations.

He is the epitome of a CBC leader, providing services to his community that draw on his experience and skills as a senior practitioner in his field, as well as being an excellent role model for younger generations.

From 1996 to 2019, John was the Group CEO Asia for the Wilson Group, whose diverse operations include car parking, security, access control, health services and credit card processing.

He has been a Director on numerous sporting organisations' boards over the years, including WA Swimming, the WA Cricket Foundation and the A J Diamond Club; a group of business people who support the Fremantle Dockers.

John has also contributed extensively to the sport of swimming in Perth. He competed in the early days of the iconic Rottnest Channel Swim, making the 20km journey six times in total, and was on the organising committee for the World Swimming Championships when the event came to Perth, in addition to helping establish the Fremantle Masters Swimming Club.

Although John lost most of his sight two years ago, prompting him to retire, he remains involved in many service organisations.

He sits on the board of VisAbility, which provides life-changing services to those with disabilities, Guide Dogs WA and the WA Cricket Foundation, which aims to raise $12 million by the end of 2022 for the development of cricket in Western Australia.

John's passion for the future of sport in WA, his commitment to people living with disabilities, and his community spirit, make him an inspiration to others.

Congratulations, John.

Dr Jamie Beros ('08) - Rising Star Award

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Jamie graduated from CBC in 2008 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in 2015. From there, he pursued a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Western Australia, which he completed earlier this year.

Jamie's research investigates how our brains develop, and explores therapeutic applications of novel methods to treat a variety of neurological disorders and brain injuries.

Over the last six years Jamie has presented his findings at numerous conferences around the globe, and was awarded a prize for best research proposal at a prestigious workshop in Germany, which featured some of the world leaders in the field.

In total, he has won seven other research scholarships and awards, including a PhD scholarship from the Australian Government and a competitive international research scholarship to learn cutting-edge neuroscience techniques at the University of Bordeaux in France.

These accomplishments identify Jamie as an outstanding early career researcher, who has great potential to make a significant impact in the field of neuroscience.

Inspired by the values instilled at CBC Fremantle, Jamie places great importance in fostering the education and personal development of students and the general public. He frequently volunteers in multiple community outreach programs promoting neuroscience and brain awareness.

His leadership skills are demonstrated through his teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UWA and the research supervision of his own students.

Applying the values of Edmund Rice, he treats everyone he meets with respect and takes great pride in helping students develop the skills necessary to reach their full potential.

Congratulations, Jamie.

Trevanna Cooper - Make a Difference Staff Award

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The inaugural recipient of this award, Trevanna Cooper's dedication to CBC has assisted generations of young men to go out and make the world a better place.

That commitment extends beyond the College too, with Ms Cooper forming an integral part of the WA branch of the Edmund Rice Network, supporting organisations including Edmund Rice Camps, which provides disadvantaged children the opportunity to attend camps they'd usually miss out on, and the Edmund Rice Centre, helping refugees and migrants settle into life in Australia.

In everything she does, Ms Cooper spreads the message of justice and solidarity that forms such an integral part of the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.

Her presence at alumni reunions and College events, and the behind the scenes work she does to host special guests at our Edmund Rice Day celebrations, has been lifechanging for many.

Ms Cooper's commitment to fostering right relationships and an inclusive community is boundless.

She is often described as "having God in her", and is a model for living a life of grace and kindness.

A living legend, Ms Cooper never forgets a face, and provides a tangible connection between the history of our College and the living ways of our Edmund Rice tradition.

Her YouTube skills are second to none, and her creative thinking is why our humble Library is so fondly known as The Ideas Shop.

She is loved and appreciated by generations of CBC gentlemen and will never be forgotten.

Congratulations Ms Cooper.