And the winners are… Ten social change-makers have been announced winners at the 2021 Third Sector Awards, an annual award celebrating the leadership and innovation into the purpose and impact-driven sector.

This year’s awards, presented by Australia Post, 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 4th of November.

The Awards was put together 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:

Ruth Colagiuri AM, Founder of The Juvenile Arthritis Foundation Australia (JAFA)

Emerging NFP of the Year
Juvenile Arthritis Foundation Australia

Young Leader of the Year sponsored by CSnet
Hannah Hall-Young
Corinda State High School

(from right) Volunteer of the Year Winner, Ken White of Wesley Mission Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland with Fred Adel, CEO of Akolade.

Volunteer of the Year
Ken White
Wesley Mission Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland

Campaign or Marketing of the Year sponsored by Stratagile
Biheng Zhang
Pollinate Group

(from right) Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Paul Brown of Jigsaw Australia with Christine Walker, General Manager Post Office Network – NSW and ACT of Australia Post

Social Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Australia Post
Paul Brown
Jigsaw Australia

Small Charity of the Year Winners from Dress for Success Sydney

Small Charity of the Year
Dress for Success Sydney

(from right) Emerging Leader, Marijke Fotia of Volunteer West with Chris Tye, Senior Director of

Emerging Leader of the Year sponsored by
Marijke Fotia
Volunteer West

(from right) Board Director of the Year Winner, Doug Snedden AO of Odyssey House NSW with Belinda Dimovski, Director, Engagement & Support, Australian Red Cross.

Board Director of the Year
Doug Snedden AO
Odyssey House NSW

(from right) Influencer of the Year Winner, Bashar Hanna OAM of Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association with Jack Heath, CEO of Philanthropy Australia

Influencer of the Year
Bashar Hanna OAM
Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association

Alisa Covington

CEO of the Year Winner, Alison Covington of Good 360 Australia

CEO of the Year
Alison Covington
Good 360 Australia

The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Third Sector Live annual conference for leaders and decision-makers in the not-for-profit sector.

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