The 2017 Finalists are:

1. Community Leadership Award – sponsored by Think Money:    

Deb Blakeney (Lions inPlace homelessness and DFV support)

Carmel Crouch (STEPS)             

Robyn Elkojje (ComLink)             

Maria Faulder (Suite Three Hair)             

Barb Holden (Coolum HeARTS)             

Dr Lynette Maguire (My Wedding Wish)             

Jesma O’Hara (Neighbours Aid Community Stores)             

Vicki Stewart (Stewart Property, Mooloolaba Rotary)             

Rachel Witton (SunnyKids)               

2. Community Volunteer Award – sponsored by White’s IGA:

Audienne Blyth (Yandina & District Historical Society)             

Lorraine Buhk OAM (Alexandra Headland SLSC)             

Val Colley (Mudjimba SLSC)             

Marilyn Holness (Zonta Club of Caloundra)             

Natalie Jarrott (Maroochydore SLSC and Immanuel Lutheran College Netball Club)             

Joy Kefford (Guide Dogs Queensland)             

Gail King (Coolum Beach SLSC)             

Sharon Madgwick (Landsborough State School and Twinnies Pelican & Seabird Rescue)             

Linese Norrish (Coolum & North Shore Coast Care)             

Robi O’Keeffe (Smart Pups)             

Jeanne Parry (Mudjimba SLSC)             

Katie Thompson (Be Hers)             

Myra Timmerman (U3A Sunshine Coast)             

Charmaine Wheatley (Mooloolaba Rotary, Lions International)

3. Young Leader Award – sponsored by Suncoast Christian College:

Nicole Carty, Miranda Crosby, Cassie Feldman, Faith Liberato, Alyssa McLean, Samara Welbourne.  

4. Carer Award – sponsored by Sundale:

Deb Anderson, Sharon Fulwood, Cathy O’Sullivan.

The Finalists will be our guests of honour at the Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 10 March at the Lake Kawana Community Centre where the four overall Award Winners will be announced. 

Please join with us in honouring these inspiring women and book your place at the Gala Dinner at

With special thanks to major sponsors Inspire Connecting Communities Inc and Volunteering Sunshine Coast and for their support in the organisation and promotion of the awards and to category sponsors Think Money, White's IGA, Suncoast Christian College and Sundale.





Key Dates 2017 Awards:

Nominations open 17 October 2016
Nominations close 27 January 2017
Finalists announced 6 February 2017
Finalists interviewed 17 February 2017
Gala Presentation Dinner 10 March 2017




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