Celebrating alumni achievements

Celebrating alumni achievements

2017 Alumni Recognition Award winners: Daniel Fatovich (’76), Alessandro Alberti (’09), Massimo Iustini (’09) and Tyrone Thwaites (’08)

CBC Fremantle Old Boys representing 71 years of alumni of the College gathered in the Cloisters for a special sundowner that highlighted the remarkable accomplishments of its graduates.

The CBC Alumni Recognition Awards is an annual event that acknowledges exceptional Old Boys in the categories of Rising Star, Community and Leadership.

The Rising Star Award was presented to CBC College Captain in 2008, Tyrone Thwaites, who was recently named Radio Today's top new talent to watch in 2017. Tyrone's passion for his chosen field is obvious; the basketball fan launched his broadcasting career commentating live basketball, and has also worked with Channel Nine as a presenter on their Today Nine News Perth morning program, broadcasting live from all over Perth. His effervescent and positive personality makes for great radio and Ty is also very generous with his time and experience at his old school, speaking regularly with students and empowering them to achieve their dreams.

The Community Award was presented to joint winners, Alessandro Alberti and Massimo Iustini, who graduated CBC in 2008.

The joint award for Community is rather unorthodox but Ale and Massimo are co-founders of Black Dog on a Lead, a project that raises awareness of depression. The project involves an annual walk and has gained huge momentum in the extended community.

Many thousands of dollars have been raised for the cause of addressing mental health as a result of Ale and Massimo's initiative, but far more important than the money raised is the inspiration they have provided for others who may suffer from the 'Black Dog'.

Promoting open discussion on depression shows people they are not alone and the network of support and solidarity Ale and Massimo has created has been instrumental for some people in dealing with their mental health issues.

The Brother Patrick Kelly Leadership Award is named after a previous Headmaster of CBC Fremantle, Brother Pat Kelly, who passed away in 2016. Brother Kelly was a warm and generous leader, an active member of the Old Boys' Association committee, and deeply committed to CBC Fremantle and its community. This year's award was presented to Professor Daniel Fatovich, who graduated in 1976.

Daniel is Head of the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine at UWA and is well known for his research and publications in emergency medicine. Over the years, he has won a number of prestigious awards in the medical field including the John Gilroy Potts Award
from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 1995, 2014 and 2015, and he was a joint recipient of the Edward Brentnall Award in 2015 and 2016.

Congratulations to these Old Boys for their outstanding achievements, which reflect deep commitment to personal excellence and contribute to making the world a better place.