The ECU Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate extraordinary alumni making an impact locally, nationally and abroad. Here, we showcase the diverse, driven and accomplished 2018 winners.
Winner of the ECU International Alumni Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Education), 2012
Awarded an ECU International Scholarship to undertake his PhD in Perth, Dr Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty used his studies to address the issues facing the inconsistent standards of education in his home country of Ghana.
His doctoral thesis revealed how the role of the school principal in rural schools in Ghana is pivotal to provide academic leadership, maintain school standards, and harness the support and resources of the local community. It also highlighted the lack of trained teachers available in these disadvantaged communities.
On completion of his studies, Norviewu-Mortty returned to his homeland and applied his expertise to setting up a teacher training school in the community of Yendi, in northern Ghana.
“The St Vincent College of Education is the first institution of its kind in the region which is wholly dedicated to training teachers who are willing and ready to live and teach in disadvantaged rural communities,” he says.
He was nominated for the alumni award by Associate Professor Glenda Campbell-Evans of ECU’s School of Education.
“While one educator can cause a trickle of change in a community, an entire college of educators can cause a cascade of new beginnings – and this is what Dr Norviewu- Mortty has achieved,” she says.
Norviewu-Mortty’s dedication and extraordinary leadership skills were apparent at ECU. He volunteered as President of the ECU International Students Council and as a representative on the ECU Student Guild Senate.
Winner of the ECU Distinguished Alumni Award
Master of Nursing, 1997, Doctor of Philosophy, 2005
As the first Vice-Chancellor of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, Professor Address Malata is the first woman to hold such a position in her country.
A qualified nurse and midwife, Malata says she is driven by her desire for “a world where no woman should die while giving life, and every girl child lives to fulfil her destiny”.
Her PhD research at ECU led to her developing an education framework for Malawi women on childbirth and HIV prevention, which was subsequently adopted by the Malawi Government.
Three years after graduating, Malata was appointed Principal of the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) at the University of Malawi, where she helped address a critical shortage of nurses and midwives in Malawi by diversifying KCN’s undergraduate programs and tripling the College’s Bachelor of Science programs over seven years.
She also spearheaded the development of six Master and three PhD programs.
Malata has been Vice-President of the International Confederation of Midwives and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.
Her research on maternal and newborn care and sexual and reproductive health has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she gives her time to numerous health and education boards.
KCN Vice-Principal Professor Ellen Chirwa says: “Address is rightly recognised for her success in leadership excellence in academia, in nursing and midwifery, research and resource mobilisation.”
“She has tirelessly advocated for quality nursing and midwifery care to save lives of mothers and babies in Malawi, and globally.”
Winner of the ECU Community Alumni Award
Graduate Diploma of Performing Arts (Theatre), 1992, Doctor of Performing Arts, 2019
Since graduating from ECU’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Dr Rachael Maza has carved a distinguished career in Australian theatre, film and television.
Highlights of her many acting credits include her long association with Company B at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre, and her roles in The Sapphires for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Holy Day for the State Theatre Company South Australia, and the award-winning Australian film Radiance.
She is an accomplished theatre director, has hosted the critically acclaimed Message Stick for ABC television, and is a narrator, singer, Indigenous liaison adviser and acting coach.
Her contribution to the arts was recognised by ECU in February with an honorary doctorate.
Maza was then recognised with the ECU Community Alumni Award as an individual making an extraordinary impact on equality, diversity and social responsibility.
As Artistic Director of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Maza has a key role in Australia’s leading and longest-running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company which creates, presents and tours theatre that is creatively controlled by Indigenous artists.
“ILBIJERRI was set up because there was a dire absence of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, and a lack of opportunities to see our faces on stage. We wanted to shed the cloak of invisibility,” Maza says.
“We tour into Aboriginal communities. We're taking theatre out of theatre. That is really powerful, and we need to be doing it.
“Artist-development work addresses that dire absence of working, professional, experienced Indigenous creatives.”
Rick Brayford, coordinator of WAAPA’s Aboriginal Performance program, describes Maza as having an “infectious positivity and unwavering determination to empower Aboriginal voice through the arts”.
Winner of the ECU Young Alumni Award
Bachelor of Communications, 2009, Bachelor of Creative Industries, 2014
Chloe Constantinides is an award‑winning young entrepreneur, business mentor and consultant to high-growth start-ups and established corporates across innovation, marketing and technology.
Now, she can add the inaugural ECU Young Alumni Award to her list of achievements.
“Chloe has displayed values that we as a University promote: ethics, hard work and a commitment to giving back,” says Professor Clive Barstow, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
In 2018, Constantinides won a 40under40 Award for her work as co-founder of digital agency Dapper Apps. Since 2015, Dapper Apps has developed over 70 mobile apps and won more than 20 awards for technical excellence and design.
Constantinides is a director at StartupWA, a non-profit organisation that helps aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their goals in the start-up world.
“My pursuit in life is all about enabling people through creativity and technology,” she says.
She completed two degrees at ECU while working full-time and “having little entrepreneurial jobs on the side”. The more she became involved in start-ups, the more she realised how far she wanted to extend her learning.
“In 2010, I started an events company and I needed to build a website for it,” Constantinides explains. “I had to pay someone to build it and it frustrated me that I couldn’t do it myself. So that motivated me to go back to university.”
Constantinides stepped away from the day-to-day running of Dapper Apps in 2018 to consult to a number of companies in Australia and the US. She is also organising a national summit for Indigenous entrepreneurs to be held in Sydney later this year and runs a socially conscious cosmetic brand, Kisanii.
When asked what advice she would share with ECU students, she says: “Getting out there and making connections… you never know where a job will come from.”
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