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On 7 March 2014, the eve of International Women’s Day, the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards were presented at a special reception at NSW Parliament House by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Women Pru Goward. The Awards celebrate women of extraordinary drive, courage, compassion and persistence who took action where they saw an opportunity to strive for better.

“The winners of these awards are outstanding role models we can all look up to. The contribution these extraordinary women have made to our society deserves recognition,” Mr O’Farrell said.

Before an audience of more than 200 people, the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards, celebrated 78 local women, nominated by members of parliament for outstanding contributions to their community; four Community Heroes and four Young Women nominated by the public for their positive contributions to our community. These eight finalists drawn from more than 239 public nominations – the highest number of nominations received in the three-year history of the awards.

This year’s winners included Faten El Dana OAM from Mt Pritchard, the winner of the A.H.Beard ‘s Community Hero Award 2014, and Lakshmi Logathassan from Holsworthy, winner of Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award 2014.

The 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards also recognised four exceptional women shortlisted as the Premier’s Woman of the Year. Incredible women who have blazed new trails in areas where representation by women was low and achievement hard won.

The finalists in the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year: Fiona Shewring, Fiona Simson, Mo’onia Gerrard and Turia Pitt have carved out successful roles in areas which are still almost exclusively male. In areas as diverse as trades, farming, mining engineering and professional sport, they’ve cleared the path for others to follow. Turia Pitt was announced winner of the Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.

To all the women who were nominated, we are extremely grateful for your efforts and for allowing us to share your journeys and achievements.

If you would like a copy of any of the images from the Awards ceremony, please email womenoftheyear@facs.nsw.gov.au.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Awards, please email womenoftheyear@facs.nsw.gov.au.

The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women, Local Woman of the Year Helen Brennan and Kevin Conolly MP

The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women, Local Woman of the Year Christine Hopton and Dr Rob Stokes MP

The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women, Local Woman of the Year Lynda Dries and Kevin Conolly MP

Kimberley Abbott, Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award finalist

Mo'onia Gerrard, Premier's Award for Woman of the Year finalist, the Hon. Gabriele Upton MP, Attorney General of NSW, David Dennis and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women and Turia Pitt, winner of Premier's Award for Woman of the Year

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW; Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award finalists Bee Orsini, Jennifer Star, Kimberley Abbott and Lakshmi Logathassan; Katie Page, CEO Harvey Norman; and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

Susan Pinckham, A.H. Beard Community Hero Award finalist

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW; Premier's Award for Woman of the Year finalists Mo'onia Gerrard, Fiona Shewring and Fiona Simson; Katie Page, CEO Harvey Norman; Garry Beard, A.H. Beard; and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Lakshmi Logathassan, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women, Garry Beard, A.H. Beard, and Katie Page, CEO Harvey Norman

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, Mo'onia Gerrard, Fiona Shewring, Fiona Simson, Katie Page, CEO Harvey Norman, Garry Beard, A.H. Beard, and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW; Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Lakshmi Logathassan; Katie Page, CEO Harvey Norman; and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

Annette Holmes, A.H. Beard Community Hero finalist

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW; A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, Garry Beard, A.H. Beard and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Lakshmi Logathassan, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women, Garry Beard, A.H. Beard, and Katie Page, CEO Harvey Norman

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW; A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women and Garry Beard, A.H. Beard

Bee Orsini, Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award finalist, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women and John Sidoti MP

A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, Garry Beard, A.H. Beard and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

Josie Parata, A.H. Beard Community Hero Award finalist

Martin Purcell, Jennifer Star, Premier's Award for Young Woman of the Year finalist and Sylvia Purcell

A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, the Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW and the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women

The Hon. Barry O'Farrell MP, Premier of NSW; A.H. Beard Community Hero Faten El Dana OAM, Annette Holmes, A.H. Beard Community Hero Award finalist, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women, Garry Beard, A.H. Beard and Susan Pinckham and Josie Parata, A.H. Beard Community Hero Award finalists

 
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