International Women’s Day Awards announced

Five local women were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Lismore community at Lismore City Council’s International Women’s Day Luncheon.

At a well-attended lunch at Lismore City Hall, Ross Irwin was recognised for her Contribution to the Community, with Sally Flannery recognised for her Contribution to the Economic Sector, Andrea Brooks for her

Contribution to the Health Sector, Gloria McPherson for her Contribution to the Sports Sector and Jex Lopez for her Contribution to the Arts/Entertainment Sector.

The Luncheon’s MC, Lismore Council’s Executive Director of Corporate Services, Kate Webber, congratulated the winners and the nominees.

“It was so inspiring to spend International Women’s day in the company of such exceptional women, who have done such positive things for our community,” she said.

“Each of these women have made our community an even better place to live, and we thank them for that.

“I would also like to thank our keynote speaker Karley Banks, who was inspiring and engaging.

“This year’s International Women’s Day theme of “Choose to Challenge” was exemplified by our winners, and our guest speaker Karlie, and each of them have shown their ability to challenge the status quo and

make a difference”.

“Karley really is a remarkable woman who achieved greatness in the very male dominated world of a touch footy coach. Her determination and good humour shined through her speech.”

The silent auction raised more than $2000 for the Winsome.

Mayor Vanessa Ekins presented awards to the following recipients:

Contribution to the Community: Ros Irwin. Ros was recognised for her tireless efforts while President of Friends of the Koala, growing the organisation from humble beginnings to a multi-functioning all-inclusive service aimed at enhancing and protecting Koala habitat in our region.

Contribution to the Economic Sector: Sally Flannery. Sally was recognised for her innovative approach to supporting the local business sector through COVID-19, including establishing and managing the “Support Lismore Small Business” Facebook Group and web directory.

Contribution to the Health Sector: Andrea Brooks. Andrea was recognised for her over 30 years of service to the women’s health profession and promotion of women’s health in the Lismore region, including her advocacy around women’s reproductive and sexual health.

Contribution to the Sports Sector: Gloria McPherson. Gloria’s commitment to the development of hockey in the local community since 1969 was honoured, including her role as a player and coach with Northern Star Hockey. Gloria has represented her club, the Far North Coast, NSW and Australia during her hockey career, and is still playing, representing and supporting all aspects of the game.

Contribution to the Arts/Entertainment Sector: Jex Lopez. Jex was honoured as a cabaret noir artist and intersectional feminist who articulates social justice issues in a way that uplifts, educates and empowers her audience to be part of a positive change.

It was the second consecutive year that Lismore City Council has hosted an International Women’s Day Luncheon to recognise the important role women play in our community.

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