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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 426 ..


awards. What a great bunch of businesswomen we have. They are not just businesswomen; they are impressive in the business sense overall. I want to very briefly touch on some of the winners and their achievements.

In the category of Chamberlains Business Woman of the Year, there were three fantastic finalists: Bianca Russell from the Australian Red Cross; Amanda Tobler from Community Services #1; and the award winner, Sunita Kumar from Daana Original Food. Beginning in 2015, Daana is an award-winning Indian restaurant inspired by south Indian and regional Indian food, co-owned with her husband, Sanjay. Sunita keeps herself busy, overseeing all aspects of the business: designing the menu, kitchen operations, management, financial planning, HR, bookkeeping, social media, website, and marketing. She is a real powerhouse.

In the category of QT Canberra Young Business Woman of the Year, the finalists were Carina Zeccola from Griffin Legal; Mikhaila Davis from POP Canberra; and the winner, Christina DeLay from Altina Drinks, which was co-founded with her partner, Alan, in 2018. Altina Drinks challenges the drinking culture in Australia with its unique and delicious zero-proof cocktails. As CEO and head of research and development, Christina develops and scales Altina’s recipes and manufacturing processes and sets the strategic direction for the business. She is also responsible for Altina’s digital marketing and e-commerce offerings.

The Rubik3 Indigenous Business Woman of the Year award had two finalists: Nekol Stewart from Australian Red Cross; and the winner, Rachelle Towart from Pipeline Talent. Rachelle is a proud Wonnarua woman. She launched Pipeline Talent in 2016, an organisation that aims to support emerging Indigenous leaders and has become a highly esteemed Indigenous recruitment company and Australia’s first Indigenous executive search company.

In the category of Solace Creations Small Business Woman of the Year, the finalists were Sunita Kumar from Daana Original Food; Kym Degenhart from Bom Funk Dance Studio; and the joint winners, co-directors Dr Eryn Davies and Jenna Keen from the Capital Psychology Clinic, which is a female-led practice. Dr Davies and Ms Keen launched the Capital Psychology Clinic in 2016, with a focus on providing high-level child, adolescent and family mental health care and community health support.

The Clover Canberra Innovation Business Woman of the Year award had three amazing finalists: Juliet Fallace from Chalfont Consulting; Rachael Greaves from Castlepoint Systems; and the winner, Tracy Ryan from Canberra Virtual Tours. Tracy is a virtual reality specialist photographer who started in 2005 as a landscape and nature photographer. Adapting to new and emerging technology, Tracy moved into commercial and virtual reality photography and became a Google trusted photographer in 2012. Tracy is the chief inspiration officer at Canberra Virtual Tours, as well as photographer, marketer, producer and trainer for the use of the virtual tours.

In the final category of Lerida Estate Social Impact Business Woman of the Year, the finalists were Kristine Hewett from Adamas Nexus; Samantha Tidy from Storytorch Press; and the winner, Tracy Hebden from Tracy Lee Photography. Tracy is a highly


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