Women of the West Awards - Nominations Now Open
Would you like to pay tribute to an extraordinary woman who has contributed to Greater Western Sydney?
The University of Western Sydney’s (UWS) Women of the West Awards honours women in Greater Western Sydney and formally recognises their contribution to the development of the region.
Now in its tenth year, the Award continues to grow and succeeds in showcasing the diversity and strength of women in Greater Western Sydney.
You are invited to join the University in showing your regard and gratitude to a colleague, friend, acquaintance or family member by nominating them for the 2014 Women of the West Award.
This is an opportunity to publicly recognise the remarkable achievements of women from your profession, community, or network.
The Awards are presented at the University’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day in March.
Each year, nominees are drawn from a variety of backgrounds including education, health services, local industry, volunteering, environmental groups, government and non-government organisations.
Past winners of the Women of the West Award include:
- Sister Mary-Louise Petro, Founder, Mamre Plains Ltd (2005)
- Dr Elizabeth McCusker, Senior Staff Specialist, Neurology, Westmead (2006)
- Juliana Nkrumah, Founder, African Women Australia Inc. (2007)
- Helen Walker OAM, Manager, Great Community Transport (2008)
- Jan Nicoll (2009)
- Aunty Mae Robinson, UWS Aboriginal Elder on Campus (2010)
- Sister Kerry MacDermott, Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor (Brown Sisters) (2010)
- Dr Helen Somerville, Visiting Medical Officer, Western Local Health Network (2011)
- Lea Hicks, General Manager, Hix Group Pty Ltd (2012)
- Alison McLaren, Policy Manager, Urban Growth NSW (2013)
In 2008, the Young Women of the West Award was introduced as an additional category to the Award program. The Young Women of the West Award provides an opportunity to recognise young women in Greater Western Sydney aged 18–28 years, who demonstrate leadership and contribute to improving the lives of people living in the Western Sydney region.
Past winners of the Young Women of the West Award include:
- Lavinia Vaifo’ou (2008)
- Samah Hadid, Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations (2009)
- Michelle Fenech, Journalist (2010)
- Najeeba Wazefadost, Bamiyan Association and Amnesty International (2011)
- Christa Anthony, Principal, Studio Dance NSW (2012)
- Mariah Okeroa, Mentor, Te Huinga Waka Juniors Kapa Haka (2013)
The Women of the West Award is an initiative that demonstrates the University’s advocacy of social justice and equal opportunity, and commitment to engaging with communities in Greater Western Sydney to establish strong and mutually beneficial relationships.