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Public voting now open for the 2021 Third Sector Awards finalists

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The finalists for this year’s Third Sector Awards have been announced, celebrating Australia’s top achievers who have influenced and made a difference in the sector.

Third Sector Awards 2021 launched 10 categories: CEO of the year, Emerging Leader of the year, Board director of the year, Volunteer of the year, Social entrepreneur of the year, Campaign/marketing executive of the year, Young leader of the year, Influencer of the Year, Small Charity of the year, and Emerging NFP of the year.

Third Sector’s panel of reputable judges come from a wide cross-section of the industry to ensure accurate, fair, and unbiased results. The nominees were judged based on their social impact, outcomes measurement, social innovation, collaboration, leadership and systems thinking.

Public voting is now OPEN  for the Third Sector Awards! Cast your vote today to give them the recognition they deserve! Voting will close on 1st October 2021.

Winners will be announced on the 4th of November during the Third Sector Awards night in Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.

The Awards finalists are:

CEO of the Year

Ian Wishart – The Fred Hollows Foundation
Alison Covington – Good360 Australia
Ben Vasiliou – Youth Projects
Elfa Moraitakis – SydWest Multicultural Services
Pat Hall – Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

Board Director of the Year

Margaret Duckett – Seniors Rights Service
Nicolas Harrison B.A., LL.B., FAICD, FGIA. FAMI – CASPA Services Ltd
Simon Bird – Stepping Stone House
Douglas Norman Snedden – Odyssey House NSW
Jeremy Heathcote – Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group Inc

Emerging NFP of the Year

CASPA Services Ltd
Childhood Dementia Initiative
Good Things Foundation Australia
Juvenile Arthritis Foundation
Fortem Australia

Volunteer of the Year

Geraldine Camilleri – Big Group Hug
Russell Jaffe – Community First Development
Mary Grech – Fitted for Work
Kathy Foley – Dignity
Ken White – Wesley Mission

Small Charity of the Year

Haemochromatosis Australia
All Together Now
Women’s Justice Network
The Funding Network Australia
Dress for Success Sydney

Emerging Lead of the Year

Tanya Diessel – Gold Coast Community Legal Centre
Shana Lewis – Stepping Stone House
Marijke Fotia – Volunteer West
Jen Clark – International Women’s Development Agency
Sylvia Liu – Fusion Culture Group

Campaign or Marketing of the Year

Samantha Bartlett – Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
Lisa Flower – Indigenous Literacy Day 2020
Julie Toma – Catholic Healthcare
Biheng Zhang – Pollinate Group
Alicia Kokocinski – Equity Trustees

Young Leader of the Year

Korra Koperu – (in)visible
Hannah Hall-Young – Corinda State High School
Asma Nayim Ullah – Australian Women’s Development Organization
Lara Farrell – Makuta Youth

presented by CSnet

Influencer of the Year

John Perry OAM – The Perry Group
Kathy Karatasas – Multicultural Child and Family Program
Bashar Hanna – Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association
Christine Castley – Multicultural Australia
Dr Donna Odegaard AM – First Nations Broadcasting Australia

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Paul Brown – Jigsaw Australia
Ali Warsame – Local Transit
Alison Harrington – Moove and Groove
Victor Lee – Communiteer
Damien Gould – Goodtel

The Third Sector Awards night set on the 4th of November is part of Third Sector Live, a 3-day conference that brings together the main players of the NFP sector in a unique opportunity for Australia’s sector leaders.

Attendees of the conference will hear from industry leaders about the role of the third sector, including Australian Charities And Not-For-Profit Commission Commissioner The Hon Dr Gary Johns, ReachOut Australia Director Of Operations And Company Secretary Janina Jancu, Mission Australia Chief Executive Officer James Toomey, and ChildFund Australia Chief Executive Officer Margaret Sheehan.

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Pearl Dy is a community manager and journalist. She is passionate about business and development particularly involving not-for-profits, charity and social entrepreneurship.


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  1. Deepti Manocha September 1, 2021

    Go Alicia! Go EQT!

  2. Flavio September 2, 2021

    Go Alicia!!!

  3. Ezabill Kandalaft September 15, 2021

    Alfa the best

  4. Rema Hanna September 15, 2021

    Elfa Moraitakis


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