TWENTY-three-year-old Emily Dowswell was the recipient of the Young Achiever Award at Australia Day ceremony.
Emily completed her schooling at Wingham High School before relocating to Armidale to study journalism at the University of New England.
After completing her studies she returned to Wingham and was employed by the Manning River Times as an advertising consultant.
In October 2011 she was made journalist in charge of the Wingham Chronicle, a position she still holds today.
This position requires her to source and write most stories for the local paper.
In the later part of last year she was recognised with an award from the Country Press Association of NSW for feature writing.
She is also required to attend many events outside of normal working hours and have a presence at many community events.
She is also involved with Black Head Surf Life Saving Club and recently gained her bronze medallion.
Editor’s note: Emily was covering the Wingham Australia Day celebrations and was taken by surprise when her name was announced. Her proud parents Lynda and Bruce, and younger brother Michael were present to see the presentation.