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2017 Women of the Year Awards

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Now in their sixth year, the NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, community and society. The Awards profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere, women who make significant contributions in their community and young women whose achievements make them leaders in changing the social and business landscape.

The 2017 NSW Women of the Year Awards were presented at a ceremony in Sydney on the morning of International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley. The Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, the Minister for Women, the Hon. Tanya Davies and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC joined for the ceremony.

Over 400 guests, including Members of Parliament attended the ceremony which was presided by MC Gretel Killeen.


NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year

Associate Professor Catherine Birman

NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year

Kristal Kinsela

Community Hero Award

Debbie Higgison

Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year

Dr Nicole Seebacher

Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year

Julia Harpham

NSW Business Woman of the Year

Gina Field

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