Finalists announced for Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards

Finalists announced for Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards

The unsung heroines of the Sunshine Coast community will receive the recognition they deserve thanks to local MP Fiona Simpson and a host of local companies who are seeking to honour the many local women who make a difference in the lives of others.

Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson today announced the names of the finalists of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards.

Ms Simpson said there had been a fantastic response to the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards, with a host of great applications received for the four categories.

Finalists for the Community Leadership Award – sponsored by Think Money

Angela Miles, Berenice Pembleton, Carmel Crouch, Kaitlyn Akers, Kay Maclean, Maya Gurry, Rachel Witton, Rebecca Grisman, Ros Freemantle.               

Finalists for the Community Volunteer Award – sponsored by White’s IGA:

Anita Verwayen, Esme Robson, Lyn Colley, Lenore Meldrum, Lisa Daldy, Lorraine Buhk OAM,
Margaret Robertson, Monica Elliott, Susan Stanley.  

Finalists for the Young Leader Award – sponsored by Suncoast Christian College: 

Brigette Seymour, Keely Hughes, Krissah-Lee Lonsdale.  

Finalists for the Carer Award – sponsored by Sundale: 

Bertha Jansen, Madonna Wakefield, Helen Irvine.

Ms Smpson said the winners will be announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner to be held on Friday 26 February at 6.30pm the Lake Kawana Community Centre in the lead up to International Women’s Day.

“I look forward to sharing the inspirational stories of special Sunshine Coast women – whether well-known in the community or unsung heroines, many have overcome adversity and are dedicated to investing into others and strengthening our local community,” Ms Simpson said.

Ms Simpson thanked the local business and not-for-profit community for coming together to sponsor and promote these awards.

“My special thanks to major sponsors Inspire Connecting Communities Inc and Volunteering Sunshine Coast and for their support in the organisation and promotion of the awards and to category sponsors Think Money, White's IGA, Suncoast Christian College and Sundale,” Ms Simpson said.

“All finalists will receive a complimentary ticket, thanks to the generosity of local businesses who have generously sponsored the awards.”

Event co-ordinator Sue Frost of Inspire Connecting Communities has been delighted with the response to the awards.

“Tickets have been selling fast already and we’ve already had to move to a bigger venue and move the date forward to accommodate bookings for the event.” Ms Frost said.

To book your ticket for the Gala Presentation Dinner, please call Sue Frost on 0427 375 727 or go to 

The media will be invited to a photo opportunity with the finalists to be held on Thursday 28th January 2016 at 12 noon at The Edge, Mooloolaba Wharf.  A media alert will be issued prior to the media event.


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