Wanted: Woman of the year

With 53% of the population of Australia women, it’s going to be a tough job deciding who will be the Woman of the Year in 2010.

Nominations are now open for the 2010 NSW Woman of the Year Award, which is held as part of International Women’s Day.

As well as announcing a NSW overall winner, each of the NSW electorates will get a chance to nominate an outstanding woman. Each State Minister and State Member will nominate one worthy woman who best fits the selection criteria. Lismore MP Thomas George has urged residents who live in the Lismore electorate to nominate women who fit the description of a worthy winner.

“The Woman of the Year should have made a significant contribution to the community which has resulted in progress for NSW women or girls while motivating others to challenge themselves and make their own contributions,” Mr George said.

All nominees will be invited to a presentation function in February 2010 to announce the Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year. The winner will be then be presented with an award and receive an invitation to attend the Premier’s Reception for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2010 (alongside other winners from across NSW) where the NSW Woman of the Year will be announced.

Clarence MP Steve Cansdell is also calling on local residents in the Clarence electorate to nominate women for the 2010 Woman of the Year.

“Last year we recognised tireless local community worker and cancer campaigner, Pauline Plant, who was also one of the top 10 finalists,” Mr Cansdell said. “Previous winners have been Aboriginal leader Lenore Parker, Lower Clarence Relay for Life fundraiser Wendy Rose and charity champion Peg Maven, who are all tough acts to follow.”

Nominations close on January 15, 2010. Nomination forms can be found online at www.women.nsw.gov.au, or can be requested by phoning Thomas George (Lismore) on 6621 3624 or Steve Cansdell (Clarence) on 6643 1244 or Don Page (Ballina) on 6686 7522.


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