TOWNSVILLE psychologist Kylie Lavers who founded the city’s Psylution Worx practice has pipped the field to take out the Bendigo Bank North Queensland Business Woman of the Year award.
Ms Lavers was named winner in the Emerging Business Woman category, one of six constituting the awards from whose winners the Business Woman of the Year is selected.
Nine finalists were chosen from more than 60 nominees for the awards, staged at Rydges Southbank on Saturday night and run by Townsville Business Women’s Network.
Network president Penelope-Ann Sullivan said i t was unusual for an Emerging category winner to take the top accolade, but judges thought Ms Lavers was outstanding i n her achievements.
‘‘ We will be nominating Ms Lavers for other business woman awards and we encourage her and other winners not to be hesitant in putting themselves forward,’’ she said.
‘‘ Each year, our judges are astounded by the quality of the nominees and many winners have gone on to receive recognition at national awards.’’
Ms Lavers said the win had come as a shock.
‘‘ To be reviewed by one’s peers is a fantastic process and it made me think about what I have done,’’ she said.
‘ ‘ To be selected as a finalist from among a talented group of women made the process exciting. The review and the awards have given me the confidence and courage to go forward. Also, the awards are great exposure for business women and for my business.’’
Ms Lavers began her working life in 1999 at age 16, joining the Australian Defence Force and qualifying as a diesel mechanic.
Later, attracted to psychology, she undertook her degree part-time at James Cook University with the s upport of the Def e nce Force, completing her studies in 2001 and joining the private sector some time later. She has worked for Department of Correctional Services at Townsville’s Stuart jail, JCU’s Careers Counselling Employment Centre, Queensland Rail in its Employee Assistance Service and Queensland Health.
Ms Lavers est ablished Psylution Worx in September 2008 and a year later established a practice at Mount Isa. Psylution Worx focuse son meeting organisational, devel -opmental, educational and corporate needs. Winners were: Corporate: Roslyn Dalton, Queensland Nickel; Owner: Natasha Whiteside, Vista Homes & Design; Partner: Glenda Woodford, BNG Sports; Judges’ Enc ouragement Award : Kirsten Gadsby, Bizrich; Alison Wenck Com-munity Leadership Award: Kelly May, AECOM.
PERFORMERS: Bendigo Bank North Queensland Business Women’s Awards winners Kirsten Gadsby, Glenda Woodford, Roslyn Dalton, Kylie Lavers, Natasha Whiteside and Kelly May with their awards at Rydges Southbank on Saturday night