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A chat with NSW/ACT Young Achievers | Episode 16


In this week’s episode, Josh is talking to three Winners and a category Sponsor in the 2020 7NEWS Young Achiever of the Year Awards for NSW/ACT.


2020 Overall NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year and Winner of the TransGrid Indigenous Achievement Award

Steven Fordham, 28 of Muswellbrook is determined to work hard to achieve his goals. A proud Kamilaroi man, Steven co-founded Blackrock Industries with an aim of sustaining a large focus of Indigenous employment and providing opportunities to Indigenous inmates to be rehabilitated back into society. Their inmate program has provided a way to reduce Indigenous recidivism rates. Steven is a member of the Muswellbrook Aboriginal Land Council board, Advisory Committee for Muswellbrook PCYC and Upper Hunter Aboriginal Land Council board. He is an advisor for Minister Mathew Canavan for the 2030 mining oil and gas and has worked with the State Government on the IPP policy.


NSW Ministry of Health Healthier Communities Award – Winner

Sophie Wills, 21 of Wisemans Ferry is determined to empower her community. While studying Paramedicine at Western Sydney University, Sophie approached Dr Paul Simpson of WSU to discuss the limited access that her local community has to emergency medical assistance. With support from Wiseman’s Ferry Forgotten Valley Inc., WSU and the Defib Shop, Sophie founded and led the Community Defib Project – Wiseman’s Ferry. They applied for the NSW My Community Project Grants and received $35,000 NSW Government grant to implement community access defibrillation into Wiseman’s Ferry. The first community accessible AED was installed in October 2019. They now have 22 defibrillators and working on a state-wide program.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award – Winner

Harpreet Dhillon, 19 of Eastwood is a passionate action-oriented advocate and leader. A proud Punjabi-Australian, Harpreet represented Australia in New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for three consecutive years. She was Australian representative at Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver. She is currently Chairperson for YWCA Australia, Youth Ambassador for Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, Emergency Services Youth Team Leader for Red Cross, Young Social Pioneer Participant for Foundation for Young Australians, and Head of Bold Punjab, NSW Chapter. Harpreet overcame family violence, sexual violence and secondary homelessness to become the first in her family to finish high school and go to university.


And special guest Heather Wagland from TransGrid, a proud sponsor partner of the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards.



Steven Fordham

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Connect with Blackrock Industries


Sophie Wills

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Connect with the Community de-Fib Project on Instagram, FaceBook, Website


Harpreet Dhillon

Connect with Harpreet on LinkedIn

Connect with the Macquarie Uni Women’s Collective on FaceBook


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Transcript (will be available in one week)