NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

2017 Winners of the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

The 2017 category winners onstage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner


Overall Winner - NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year

Nat Ware, 28 of WAITARA founded the successful volunteer organisation, “180 Degrees”. “180 Degrees” provides a platform to increase civic engagement and develop future leaders, and has positively impacted 100 million lives worldwide. Nat was selected to represent Australia at the World Economic Forum, and the St Gallen Symposium where he was named a ‘Leader of Tomorrow’. He was also named a ‘Global Leader’ by Goldman Sachs and was invited to New York to receive further leadership training.

The Hon Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism, Minister for Disability Services presented Joseph Ware (representing Nat Ware) with the overall NSW/ACT Young Achiever Award


Awards Australia Small Business Achiever Award

Cindy Huynh - HSC Hero, 21 of SMITHFIELD co-founded “HSC Hero”, an online educational platform providing free video tutorials for HSC students. Since launching in July 2016, “HSC Hero” has supported over 1,600 students gain confidence in completing their Exams with success.”
Cindy was recently selected for Investible's LAB#5 Accelerator Program and is now mentored by top Global entrepreneurs in the tech industry. “HSC Hero” is currently in conversation with Australian and Asian investors who have expressed interest in working together.


Regional Manager – Sydney Metro Sydney Metro, WFI, Carley Byrnes representing Awards Australia presented Cindy Huynh - HSC Hero with the Small Business Achiever Award


Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award

Maeve Thomson, 24 of LILYFIELD is in her second year of teaching at Alexandria Park Community School. She led the reintroduction of the Higher School Certificate course ‘Aboriginal Studies’ and created engaging Aboriginal education programs. Maeve coordinated the ‘Songlines’ collaborative artwork project for NAIDOC and led the inaugural Aboriginal Studies Community Experience Trip. She is an active member of the Aboriginal Studies Association and was praised for her presentation at the 2016 Aboriginal Studies Association Annual Conference.


Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Education Council, Beverley Baker presented Maeve Thomson with the Aboriginal Education Award


The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Jessica Van, 28 of WATERLOO is a dedicated fashion designer, who draws inspiration from the Australian environment, flora and fauna. Jessica showcased her first collection at Australian Fashion Week in 2016, and the again at the New York Fashion Week. She spotlights the environment when creating her prints and fabrication, and believes in promoting local manufacturing and design. Currently working two jobs, whilst building her business, Jessica is determined to make it as a designer and showcase her creativity.

Director of The Coffee Club, John Lazarou presented Jessica Van with the Arts and Fashion Award


WHO Printing Environment & Sustainability Award

Anika Molesworth, 29 of BROKEN HILL is a founding member of Farmers for Climate Action and creator of Climate Wise Agriculture, a knowledge sharing platform connecting science research to farmers. Anika also founded and manages INTO Sustainable Farms, a program of the International National Trust Organisation which operates in 70 countries, promoting the conservation and preservation of natural resources, heritage breeds and heirloom species as well as the use of traditional farming practices. Anika is also a highly sought after keynote speaker and educator.


Director of WHO Printing, Helen Ogle presented Anika Molesworth with the Environment and Sustainability Award


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Nat Ware, 28 of WAITARA created the “180 degrees” program in 2007 to help reduce homelessness, improve education and alleviate poverty, whilst also training the next generation of leaders. Nat has successfully trained 12,000 future leaders, helped 1,800 charities improve and expand their services and has provided 2.6 million hours of pro bono consulting. Nat has personally volunteered more than 14,000 hours. 180 Degrees now operates in 33 countries and is the world’s largest volunteer consultancy.

CEO of First National Real Estate, Ray Ellis presented Joseph Ware (representing Nat Ware) with the Leadership Award


Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award

Ruth Lewis-Jones, 28 of BUNDEENA is the founder and CEO of Esteem Designz, established to empower girls by building self-esteem, and improving mental health through creativity. Esteem Designz has already been implemented in 300 schools and community organisations, equipping 8,000 girls with important skills and resources. Ruth also pioneered the ChooseREAL Campaign, a global movement encouraging females to embrace and celebrate their own identity and value. Ruth volunteers on average 65 hours each week in her advocacy for females.

Grand Secretary - Stephen Green of Freemasons NSW & ACT presented Ruth Lewis-Jones with the Community Service Award