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Third Sector Awards 2022 Winners Announced

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And the winners are… Ten social change-makers have been announced winners at the 2022 Third Sector Awards, an annual award celebrating the leadership and innovation into the purpose and impact-driven sector. 

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of this year’s Third Sector Awards! 

This year’s awards, with a Great Gatsby theme, highlighted the innovative and progressive sector leaders and organisations. The winners of the Third Sector Awards were revealed at a ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on the 2nd of September. 

The Awards was put together in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact with an unbiased and objective point of reference, and nominees were judged based on their social impact, outcomes measurement, social innovation, collaboration, leadership and systems thinking. 

The winners are: 

CEO of the Year 

Lance Kawaguchi, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation 

Ceo of the year  

Board Director of the Year 

Melanie Raymond OAM, Youth Projects 


Campaign Marketing of the Year  

Rachel Forster, Housing Trust 


Social Entrepreneur of the Year  

Sally Irwin, The Freedom Hub 

(On behalf of Sally Irwin, her husband Gavin Irwin received the award)

 Young Leader of the Year sponsored by CSnet  

Jada Mundine, 3Bridges Community 


Emerging Leader of the Year  

Peter McGuinness, YOU CHOOSE Youth Road Safety 

Influencer of the Year 

Dr Nicky Howe, Southcare 

Volunteer of the Year 

Geoff Nyssen, Snowdome Foundation 


Emerging NFP of the Year 

OCI Foundation Limited 

Small Charity of the Year 

Snowdome Foundation

The ceremony was held in conjunction with Third Sector Live annual conference for leaders and decision makers in the not-for-profit sector. This year’s conference focused on values include Social impact, Outcomes measurement, Social innovation, Collaboration, Leadership, and Systems Thinking. 

The speaker lineup for the two-day event included Lyn Morgain, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Officer, Steve Coleman RSPCA NSW Chief Executive Officer, Dermot O’Gorman, WWF Australia Chief Executive Officer.

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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