Issue 1
Monday, 02 March 2020
Charles Darwin University
Emily Ford is Darwin Young Citizen of the Year for 2020
Emily Ford is Darwin Young Citizen of the Year for 2020

Researcher takes out top Australia Day award

Research assistant Emily Ford was recognised as Darwin's Young Citizen of the Year 2020 at an awards ceremony on Australia Day.

Emily is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman and a Darwin local. She works in CDU’s Northern Institute in the research field, with a focus on Indigenous knowledge, education, ethnomusicology, history, languages, and plant biosecurity.

She has worked on multiple projects in these fields, two of which were Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous projects led by Chief Investigators Associate Professor Linda Paiyi Ford and Dr Kathy Guthadjaka.

Emily said taking home the Darwin Young Citizen of the Year Award was a proud moment.

“It’s definitely a huge honour and speaks a lot more to the people around me who have mentored me and helped me throughout my life,” Emily said.

“I feel very lucky and blessed to have been involved in so many unique projects and activities. I hope what I have done can help our future generations and inspire other young people to get invoked if they are interested.”

A member of the Darwin City Council's Youth Advisory Committee and a former Darwin City Council candidate, Emily has worked within the community teaching young people to fly drones through Six Seasons, and about Indigenous languages through her involvement with community magazine Off The Leash. She is also a published author in the Australian Journal of Education.

Emily has a Certificate IV in Business (Governance) and is studying a Diploma of Art at CDU.