WOMEN OF THE WEST

Hills to Hawkesbury reporter Bev Jordan has been nominated for a 2020 Women of the West Award for her community work.

The mother-of-two volunteers with numerous organisations including the Hills Relay For Life, Christmas in The Hills and the Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Network.

She is also a member of two service organisations, Rotary Sunrise Norwest and Soroptimist International of the Hills and is fundraiser for the Cancer Council.

Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne and leadership coach Sue Tsigaros have been nominated in the Woman of the West Award (Business) category for their contribution to Western Sydney.

Michelle is the Shire’s first popularly elected Mayor and is the youngest Mayor in the Shire’s 109 history. She is an advocate for mental health, homelessness and education, and has been involved in numerous fundraising causes over the years.

Sue is passionate about supporting women in business to achieve career success and quality of life while stepping up to strategic roles of influence.

Western Sydney University announced the 20 finalists (eight in the Business Category and six each in the Community and Young Woman of the West categories) last week.

The University’s Acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, offered her congratulations to the nominees.

“The Women of the West Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution women make to Greater Western Sydney. We are pleased to celebrate their leadership, dedication and the unique voices that inspire so many within our community.”

Winners of the Women of the West Awards will be announced on March 13 as part of the University’s celebration of International Women’s Day at Homebush.

They will be presented in collaboration with the Coleman Greig Women in Business Forum. Keynote speaker at the event is Rosie Batty, former Australian of the Year and family domestic violence campaigner.

International women’s day EVENTS:

MARCH 5 | THURSDAY
The Hills International Women’s Day event, Springfield House Dural. There are limited tickets available to this annual event. Tickets are $25. For more information or to book a place call Carmen on 0421 079 600 or Judy on 0407 914 039.

MARCH 6 | FRIDAY
Western Sydney International Womens Day Breakfast at 6:45am for a 7am start. Novotel Sydney Parramatta, 350 Church Street Parramatta: Concludes at 8:30am.

Guest speakers are Anyier Youl who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and migrated to Australia in 2003.

She grew up in Blacktown NSW and completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2015, her Masters in 2018 at UNSW and is currently studying for a PhD. Hannah Stack is a marketing strategist for agency Salted Stone and is on the Sydney Hills.

Business Chamber as Chairperson of YoHu, a young entrepreneur initiative. Hannah was the Hills Council Young Citizen of the year for 2019.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Santuary _ The Hills Women’s Shelter. Tickets are: Student: $35 Adult: $85 Concession card: $70. Tickets: Go to Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BGNQE

Women of the West 2020 | Full list

WOMAN OF THE WEST (BUSINESS)
• Carole-Anne Priest
• Dawn Cady
• Debbie Roberts
• Louise Sparkes Howarth
• Michelle Byrne
• Pat Hall
• Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson
• Sue Tsigaros

WOMAN OF THE WEST (COMMUNITY)
• Bev Jordan
• Carina Fernandes
• Marama Mackay
• Maryam Zahid
• Ruby Campbell
• Sharon Robertson

YOUNG WOMAN OF THE WEST (18-30)
• Aimee Paananen
• Anyier Youl
• Kiara Osborne
• Ozge Karahuyuklu
• Reem Qrma
• Sampavi Sivakumar