The Damascus College Shining Light is a prestigious award that celebrates outstanding achievements, recognising alumni who have made a significant contribution to the local, state, national, international & College community.

2023 Shining Light Inductees

Dr Yvonne Aitken
STEAM Achievement Award

Class of 1929

Professor Andrew Ooi
STEAM Achievement and Academia/Career Excellence Award

Class of 1988

Nicole Thornton nee Warke
STEAM Achievement Award

Class of 1994

Dr Samantha Brown
Academia/Career excellence Award

Class of 2006

Connor Prunty
Young Achiever Award – Service to the Community

Class of 2016

"We should be shining lamps giving light to all around us." Catherine McAuley

2019 Shining Light Inductees

Dr Cathy Vaughan
2019 Shining Light Award inductee

Class of 1989

Judy Brewer
2019 Shining Light Award inductee

Class of 1979

Shining Light Award for Inspiring Alumni

The Damascus College Shining Light is a prestigious award that celebrates the outstanding achievements of extraordinary Damascus College alumni in a diverse range of fields and areas of endeavour. The award recognises alumni whose service has made a significant contribution to the local, state, national, international and/or the College community.

Bestowed biennially, the Shining Light Award enables Damascus to celebrate and recognise the contributions of alumni who have shined bright in their chosen field.

The chosen award recipients will have the opportunity to be inducted at a Damascus College event, celebrated on the Damascus website and social pages, have a biopic video developed and will receive a trophy in honour of their achievements. The winners will be notified in October 2023 and will be informed of their induction date.

Damascus alumni includes past students and staff of Sacred Heart, St Paul’s, St Martin’s in the Pines and Damascus College.

Award Categories:

  1. Service to the Community - a significant or notable contribution to the community at a local, state, national or international level
  2. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Achievement - a significant achievement or excellence in science, technology, engineering, arts, or math
  3. Sporting Achievement - a significant or distinguished sporting achievement at local, state, national or international level
  4. Academia or Career Excellence - a significant academia achievement and/or a distinguished career in their chosen field
  5. Faith Development - a significant contribution to support and uphold Social Justice and Christian Values

    This year we invite nominations for our Young Achiever Shining Light Award!

  6. The Young Achiever - celebrates young alumni that have graduated from Damascus College within the last 15 years and have made a significant or notable achievement in one of the above categories.

Nomination Criteria:

Anyone can submit a nominee for The Shining Light Award based on the following criteria:

  1. Recipient must be of Damascus College Alumni, alive or not. Alumni are past students and staff of Damascus College and its foundation colleges, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s and St Martin’s in the Pines.
  2. Be successful in their chosen field - positions held, achievements, qualifications, awards/prizes/scholarships or length of service.
  3. Made contributions or supported the local, state, national, international and/or the college community in ways that are inspirational or motivational.


If you have any questions please contact the Damascus College Alumni Office at connecting@damascus.vic.edu.au or call 03 5337 2222

*Please note 2024 nominations have now closed.

Alumni at Damascus College are defined as past students and staff of Damascus College and its foundation colleges, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s and St Martin’s in the Pines.

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