Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 November 2022) . . Page.. 3994 ..
Present at the awards as well were Hanna Holford, last year’s national Australian School-Based Apprentice of the Year, and the Teacher Trainer of the Year from last year. We won that national award through David Moore, from Marist College Canberra. Both are outstanding representatives of the ACT who have done us proud. All of these people and organisations show the great pathway available for students through vocational education and training, which is so important for industry, particularly with the skills shortage that we have across the country, and for our economy. We hope that the next generation are looking at joining VET next year.
Finally, merry Christmas and a happy new year to you, Madam Speaker, my other Assembly colleagues, members of the Assembly and staff here in the Assembly.
National Association of Women in Construction awards
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.39): It gives me great pleasure to speak tonight about the National Association of Women in Construction, or NAWIC, ACT chapter. NAWIC is a national not-for-profit organisation that empowers, supports and advocates for women in the construction industry, and our local territory chapter, NAWIC ACT, does an excellent job of providing its members with networking opportunities, events and forums that help build members’ professional skills.
Recently, NAWIC ACT held their annual awards. They are a fabulous opportunity for members and supporters to get together and celebrate the incredible women in the ACT construction industry. Due to last year’s lockdown and subsequent COVID restrictions, I was unable to host a reception here in the Assembly for the 2021 winners. So it is my pleasure to have some of the 2021 winners here tonight, and some of the 2022 award winners.
The 2021 NAWIC ACT award winners included the Achievement in Design Awards, Agnieszka Liso; the Leadership in Construction Award, Louise Medlin; the Achievement in Engineering Award, Nicki Foote; Tradeswomen of the Year, Sophia Sako; Business Woman of the Year, Claire Dening; Capital Region Student of the Year, Jasmine Clingan; the Crystal Vision Award, Dr Therese Flapper; the Diversity and Inclusion Award, Rork Projects; the Emerging Leader Award, Krystal Hamlyn; the Innovation in the Construction Industry Award, Christie Hartfiel; and the Mentor of the Year, Jo Matai. Congratulations to the 2021 award winners.
For the 2022 award winners, we have the Achievement in Design Award, Savita Gaonkar; the Leadership in Construction Award, Alysha Obst; the Achievement in Engineering Award, Catherine Johnson; Trades Woman of the Year, Julia Beddin; Business Woman of the Year, Sarah Burrows; Capital Region Student of the Year, Amy Adams; the Crystal Vision Award, Emma Sckrabei; the Diversity and Inclusion Award, Kate Evans; the Emerging Leader Award, Jessica Bramwell; the Innovation in Construction Industry Award, Jessica Stewart; and Mentor of the Year, Jenny Edwards.
Congratulations to the 2022 award winners. I look forward to seeing what impact all the women over the past two years and previous years will have, moving forward, on our ACT construction industry. Even in 2022, female participation in the construction industry can be a lot higher. It is currently around 13 per cent, but we could do a lot