Hay's Emma Johnston wins Transgrid Indigenous Achievement Award

04 June 2024

A dedication to empowering young people in the western Riverina has seen Emma Johnson take home the Transgrid Indigenous Achievement Award at this year’s 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards NSW & ACT.

The award recognises young Indigenous people using their own stories and life experiences to give back to their communities and make a difference.

Emma is a proud Wiradjuri woman and as part of her role on the Hay Youth Taskforce she advocates for youth mental health to empower young people in her community.

Her work also involves organising art workshops, sports coaching, and cultural celebrations to support mental health and social inclusion.

The award was presented at the at 7News Young Achiever Awards NSW & ACT gala dinner in Sydney.

“I was excited and very emotional as I wasn’t prepared to win and didn’t prepare a speech.

“I am so honoured and thankful to Transgrid, it has been a long year after moving from Hay to Sydney to do a double degree in education and visual arts, everything is happening so fast.

“It means a lot to me to win this award from the Hay community I will be back to Hay and see everyone again and thank them for their support,” Emma said.

Executive General Manager Corporate & Stakeholder Affairs Maryanne Graham presented Emma with her award.

“Transgrid is committed to nurturing young talent. We're inspired by the passion and drive of all these remarkable individuals, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact they will continue to make in their communities.

“Emma embodies the leadership and community spirit this award recognises and on behalf of Transgrid I congratulate her for service to others and the difference she is making to the lives of other young people,” Maryanne said.

For her part Emma hopes the win will shine a light on the western Riverina.

“I hope that this award provides more recognition and awareness to the kids in Hay and the work they are doing in Hay and to never give up on their dreams,” Emma said.

Transgrid would also like to congratulate the other finalists Chelsie Smith, Lua Pellegrini and Zoe Allan for their remarkable contributions.

About the Awards:

Since the creation of the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards NSW/ACT in 2014, it has applauded the leadership, vision, excellence, and commitment of young people, whilst highlighting their efforts and success. The purpose of the NSW/ACT Young Achiever awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.


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