Former palliative care nurse and now State Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor was the special guest of the Community Migrant Resource Centre’s International Women’s Day Conference last week. HAND UP

She told the packed conference room that she never imagined herself as an MP let alone a State Minister.

“Put your hand up for things and try different things,” she advised.

She also stressed the importance of supporting each other, “it is one of the most important things we can do,” she said.

Amongst the awards given out on the day was one to local organisation, the Lisa Harnum Foundation for Initiative of the Year.

Founder Aileen Mountifield and caseworker Linda Lemon on behalf of the not for profit organisation which supports and families affected by domestic abuse.

An Initiative of the Year award was also presented to Viji Dhanathyan from the Tamil Women’s Development Group

Others awards went to:

  • SENIOR CHAMPION OF THE YEAR: Bindi Shah and Susan Day who raise funds for various charities with garage sales, themed night fundraisers, clothes and/or book swaps, making and selling candles and morning/afternoon teas.
  • GRASSROOTS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International.
  • YOUNG CHAMPION OF THE YEAR: Teenage sisters Mili and Khushi Dakshin who fundraise for several charities including the Lupus foundation, NSW RFS
  • INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR (INDIVIDUAL): Janelle Speight from the Rotary Club of Wahroonga.

RURAL AND REGIONAL CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD: 13-year-old Khawlah Asmaa. seniors of the year: Bindi Shah and


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