Strong women inspire their peers
QUEENSLAND Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network has announced the winners, selected from 20 finalists across 10 categories, in its annual Strong Women Leadership Awards.
Categories included: Business, Professional, Volunteer, Storyteller, Leadership, Inspirational Woman, Woman of the Year, Young Woman with a Vision, Young Woman with a Plan, Young Woman of the Year.
Network president Alison Mobbs said finalists had come from the NSW border regions, up to Townsville and across to Longreach.
“Motivated, inspired and inspiring women from across the state were nominated for a very diverse range of activities and initiatives within their communities,” Ms Mobbs said.
She said the judges had found it difficult to choose between the “outstanding finalists”.
“Truly these women bring forward some incredible CVs that do make you wonder why there are not more women on boards and more women CEOs heading up business and professional organisations.
“Stepping past and over the barriers of isolation, access and the data drought, the courage and creativity of these finalists is very impressive.”
She said that, with support from the Aurizon Community Giving Fund towards the Strong Women Leadership Program, finalists had been able to access subsidies and had been able to take part in the network’s state conference in Emerald and its program of personal and professional development which included valuable networking opportunities.
“A reach of almost 50,000 engagements on social media has been the result of a successful campaign of profile raising of the program finalists, offering recognition for the work they do in their communities, businesses and through their employment.”
NETWORK WINNERS: 2017 Strong Women Leadership Awards with Penelope Arthur, Maxine Austin, Westpac Agribusiness, Amanda Stein, Panda Pearls.
WOMEN NETWORK: Janessa Bidgood of QRIDA Cloncurry and Sally Webster of Mt Little George Town.
Donna-Marie Audas and Carol Honchin of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Townsville.
Helen Fielder CCQ Lawyers Cairns is pictured with Kirsty Appleton project officer for Local Buy Foundation.
Bronwyn Reid, QRRRWN board member, pictured with Sandra Hobbs, general manager CHDC.
Kylie Streeton, Shawnee Gorringe joined Heather Jonsson at the QRRRWN Awards evening.
This year’s committee for the QRRRWN Strong Leadership awards were all smiles at the awards dinner . Pictured is Tanya Belousoff, Anne Carige, Fiona O'Sullivan and Di Morris.
Ella Pane QATC Longreach is pictured with Anekah and Nadine Hinchliff of Nango. Anekah was a finalist in the running for the Young Woman of the Year Award.
Tammy Wieland, Wendy and Debbie Gibson captured at the QRRRWN Awards.