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.

Award Patron Fiona Simpson MP today met with the Finalists of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards and local companies who have sponsored the 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.

The 2016 finalists are:

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.

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.

Young Leader Award – sponsored by Suncoast Christian College:
Brigette Seymour, Keely Hughes, Krissah-Lee Lonsdale.

Carer Award – sponsored by Sundale:
Bertha Jansen, Madonna Wakefield, Helen Irvine.

Ms Simpson congratulated the Finalists on their achievement and presented them with a certificate and complimentary ticket to a Gala Presentation Dinner where the winners of each category will be announced.

The Gala Presentation Dinner is 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 Award Sponsors Inspire Connecting Communities Inc, Volunteering Sunshine Coast, Think Money, White's IGA, Suncoast Christian College, Sundale, 92.7 Mix FM and Profile Magazine for their support in the organisation, judging and promotion of the awards,” Ms Simpson said.

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


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