Page 3939 - Week 12 - Thursday, 29 October 2015

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I am proud of the contribution our Assembly has made to these women. As shadow minister for women, it was really great to be able to be part of helping with this worthwhile campaign. I encourage everyone to get behind this fantastic organisation and the Canberra women.

The next collection drive will be in April next year. I for one will continue to support the great work of Share the Dignity in any way that I can. For more info, please go to

Telstra Business Women’s Awards

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (7.00): Last Friday, 23 October, I was pleased to attend the 2015 ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards. I would like to thank Lisa McTiernan, Telstra’s government relations manager, for the invitation. The night was a huge success for all involved. It was inspiring to hear the stories of such successful women, not just because they are women but because of their accomplishments. Jane Caro was the MC; and the special guest was Stephanie Alexander, food writer, cook, restaurateur and creator of the Kitchen Garden Foundation, which is built on the need for children to learn about food early in life through example and positive experiences, and the effect of those lessons on their food choices throughout the rest of their life. It was great to hear her stories.

The Telstra Business Awards were founded in 1992 to celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s small and medium businesses. For over two decades, they have championed the efforts of women in business. The recent addition of the Business Women’s Awards assists leaders and emerging leaders to achieve systemic change for the role that women play each and every day for the success of a particular industry or field.

Overall, the 2015 ACT Business Woman of the Year was Brigadier Georgeina Whelan, Director General of the Defence Department’s Garrison Health Operations. Georgeina also won the Government and Academia Award.

The Start-up Award went to Jessica May, of Enabled Employment. Jessica is a young woman with a disability herself, who created a business to assist highly capable women with a disability to find productive and well-paid employment. Some of those people include Defence Force members with post-traumatic stress and other injuries.

The 2015 Telstra Corporate and Private Award went to Sarah Valentine, Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Raytheon Australia, whose responsibilities include Australia, Japan and South Korea.

The Young Business Women’s Award went to Joanna Richards for the innovative laundry detergent Solution Solution, which removes make-up without damaging clothing and apparently has a great market in the bridal gown industry, where people try on wedding dresses and often leave make-up marks on them. It has been warmly received by bridal salons.

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