Strong women in­spire their peers

Central Queensland News - - LIFE -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NET­WORK WIN­NERS: 2017 Strong Women Lead­er­ship Awards with Pene­lope Arthur, Max­ine Austin, West­pac Agribusi­ness, Amanda Stein, Panda Pearls.

PHOTOS: KARIN-ANE KING

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.

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