Yangebup man who founded service for young adults with special needs up for WA Young Achiever Award


Jaye Barnesby-Buie, CAS founder Luke Britton, Luke Brookes (front in blue helmet), Marc Barnesby-Buie and Britteny Martino (girl in blue helmet) during a recent trip to the Cockburn Ice Arena.
Jaye Barnesby-Buie, CAS founder Luke Britton, Luke Brookes (front in blue helmet), Marc Barnesby-Buie and Britteny Martino (girl in blue helmet) during a recent trip to the Cockburn Ice Arena.

A YANGEBUP man who founded a service for young adults with special needs is one of a handful of locals in the running for WA Young Achiever Awards.

Luke Britton’s Community Access Squad (CAS) is a social, active and educational service that helps members develop skills.

The 29-year-old founded CAS at the end of 2015 after being encouraged by parents at Seton Catholic College where he was teaching, with his work earning him a nomination in the Small Business Achiever category.

“A lot of our members are in high school and are quite anxious,” he said.

“When they come out with us, you see them bond really well with one another.

“Seeing them develop skills is the best thing.”

Beeliar resident Aleksandra Markovic was also nominated in the Small Business Achiever category, and is in the running for a Young Leadership Award.

Ms Markovic, who founded Fame Music Australia in 2013, has developed a reputation for her drive, helping others improve their trade.

Aubin Grove resident Jenny Lam is the third local nominated in the Small Business Achiever category.

The self-taught entrepreneur founded marketing and sales solutions company Generation Marketing Group six years ago, seeing it grow 600 per cent since it opened.

Hamilton Hill local Dhruv Grover is up for an arts and fashion award.

Judging will take place in March, with winners announced on May 12.