7NEWS Young Achiever Awards - NSW/ACT

2022 Winners of the 7NEWS NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards


 The 2022 winners with 2021 7NEWS Young Achiever of the Year, Tara Jane Sargent


2022 NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year - Angelique Wan



 OSMEN Creative Design Award

Jordan Gogos, 27 of Elizabeth Bay is the founder and creative director of GOGOS and Iordanes Spyridon Gogos (ISG). ISG’s ‘Wearables for the imaginative’ is an experimental, non-gendered, innovative brand that approaches sustainability through practice-led design. GOGOS is the object-furniture brand that harnesses geometric and sculptural pieces crafted from aluminium. ISG is also an Australian Fashion Laureate Design Awards, Emerging Designer of the Year Awards 2022 finalist.


Transgrid Indigenous Achievement Award

Corey Tutt, 29 of Port Macquarie founded DeadlyScience, a STEM charity that works with over 100 youth organisations and schools. He has created STEM resources, including books like First Scientists and a DeadlyScience series with cultural experiences that help young people understand Australia’s true history with science. Corey often travels to communities to mentor young people doing it tough whilst helping elders and raising money for families.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Angelica Ojinnaka, 23 of Beaumont Hills is a Board Director for One Eight Inc. and a youth leader within the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is a founding member of the African Australian Youth Suicide Prevention Committee, where she coordinated mental health campaign. Angelica is a youth activist for Plan International Australia and has co-authored a report on the experiences of girls and young women globally.


NSW Ministry of Health Public Health Pandemic Response Award

Josefine Andrei, 27 of Moncreiff is responsible for delivering the Covid Safe Check-in and the Covid-19 digital certificate in the Service NSW App. Both programs focused on providing a customer-centric experience to assist businesses and customers to comply with the NSW’s public health orders to move around in a Covid-safe way. Josie worked with industries, partner agencies and internal teams and assisted in re-opening of the state.


Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award

Zoe Allan, 26 of Quirindi has been the Aboriginal Education Officer at Walhallow Public School for six years. She has taken many certificates at TAFE, including Certificates 1, 11 and 111 in Aboriginal Languages (Gamilaraay) and Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid. She is currently completing a Certificate IV in Education Support. Zoe has obtained a traineeship as an Early Childhood educator and worked as preschool coordinator.



Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award

Mariam Mohammed, 28 of Sydney co-founded MoneyGirl - a financial literacy social enterprise that delivers Australia's first, and only, evidence-based financial education course for women. MoneyGirl has educated over 250 young women across the country, reinvesting profits to create scholarships for First Nations and refugee women. Having moved to Australia as a 19-year-old escaping gendered violence, Mariam is dedicated to uplifting women and empowering other changemakers to do the same.


Quattro Coffee Roasters Online Achievement Award

Bryce Cronin, 23 of Belconnen created to promote tech events happening around Australia, with a focus on STEM education and creating social good. He has used his engineering skills to win several international hackathons by creating apps and websites to improve people's lives. In 2020 he began designing low-cost robotics for classrooms and 3D-printable accessibility tools for disabled people. In 2021, Bryce was a Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Finalist.


Qoin Small Business Achiever Award

Emma Peat - Daily Dough Co, 20 of Tumbi Umbi started her doughnuts business after losing her jobs at the start of the pandemic. She has opened a second store and pop-up stores in shopping centres. From eight staff, Emma now employs 38 people in total, all from the local community. She has invested all profits back into improving the business. Emma was an Australian Small Business Awards 2021 finalist.


Western Sydney University Academic Achievement Award

Matilda Harry, 23 of Kurrajong Heights is a high achieving doctoral research student in the Graduate Research School. Matilda is a proud Wiradjuri woman who graduated with Distinction from a Master of Teaching (Primary) in 2021. In 2020, she graduated with Distinction and a Dean’s Medal for being in the top 2% of the School of Education from a Dean’s Scholar Bachelor of Arts (Pathways to Teaching).


Spirit Super Create Change Award

Angelique Wan – Consent Labs, 24 of Surry Hills co-founded a non-profit that revolutionises the discussion around sexual consent. From 2016 to 2018, Angelique and her co-founder focused on developing an evidence-based program, consulted and built relationships with experts and conducted focus group discussions for market research. In 2021, she left her corporate job to work full-time for Consent Labs. They have since reached 10,000 students and parents across Australia.