Winner: Steve Martin
Toast for Kids Charity Inc.
Steve’s motto is that every child should be provided with the opportunity to reach their true potential and through the ability to read, gain a good education and give back to their community. He has spent hundreds of hours making this happen. To tackle Tasmania’s low literacy levels, he developed the Help Babies Learn project, which provides families of newborns with a picture book. Steve identified the need to provide nutritional meals for students who were struggling to learn due to hunger, creating the Toast for Kids Charity to address the issue. Nine years on, more than 120,000 meals have been provided.
The Devonport Reader’s Cup is another project of Steve’s, raising funds to provide food relief to students. This year, he has launched the 2022 Tasmanian Masters Games, linking an educational opportunity to Don College’s event management class. There is no doubt that Steve’s incredible leadership has had long lasting positive impacts on the next generation, from newborn babies all the way through to Year 12 students.