Following the success of the 2016 and 2017 Awards, these Awards will now be held bi-annually, with the next Awards to be held in May 2019.
Nominations will open in March 2019 (International Women’s Day).
Winners announced for 2017 Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards
Two hundred people enjoyed a sparkling night of celebrations to honour this year’s winners of the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards thanks to local MP Fiona Simpson and a host of local companies.
Four Award winners were selected from almost 100 exceptional women who were nominated for the significant contribution they make in serving others as carers, volunteers and leaders in our local community.
Awards Patron and Founder Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson recognised the unsung heroines of the Sunshine Coast community in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The 2017 Award Winners:
Carmel Crouch, Community Leadership Award Winner – sponsored by Think Money.A disability advocate and passionate community leader, Carmel has been creating opportunities for people with a disability on the Sunshine Coast for almost 30 years as Managing Director of STEPS Group Australia, a not for profit organisation which seeks to give all individuals equal access to the support and services that allow us to lead fulfilling, happy lives.
Marilyn Holness, Community Volunteer Award Winner – sponsored by White’s IGA. Chair of the Restart In a Safe Environment (RISE) project of the Zonta Club of Caloundra which seeks to provide women and children access to safe housing and support. A volunteer for Zonta for over 26 years in roles such as Club Secretary and Club President, she has also been involved in a range of proactive strategies to raise awareness of and combat violence in the community.
Samara Welbourne, Young Leader Award Winner – sponsored by Suncoast Christian College. A 16 year old business owner, author and social entrepreneur who has raised significant funds for humanitarian work in Bali and locally for Sippy Creek Animal Refuge Centre. Samara is raising $20,000 to build a library in Bali.
Sharon Fulwood, Carer Award – sponsored by Sundale. While caring for a son born with Spina Bifida and having two other children with complex needs, Sharon has passionately served as a team manager for wheelchair basketball and various other charities and sporting groups. She has been the driving force behind the Spinners Tournament for the last 11 years.
Winners announced for inaugural Women Awards
Four Inspiring Sunshine Coast Women have been recognised as Award Winners at a glittering Gala Dinner thanks to local MP Fiona Simpson and a host of local companies.
The Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards was founded by Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson to honour the many exceptional women who make a difference in our local community.
Awards Patron and Founder Fiona Simpson MP today announced the winners of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards.
The 2016 Award winners:
Berenice Pembleton, Community Leadership Award Winner – sponsored by Think Money. A Sunshine Coast Speech Pathologist since 1979 and Acting Director at the Children’s Therapy Centre, Berenice has raised funds and worked tirelessly to provide a place for local children with disabilities to improve their communication skills.
Susan Stanley, Community Volunteer Award Winner – sponsored by White’s IGA. Serving as a volunteer in the field of disability sport for 22 years, Sue was recognised as the 2013 Sunshine Coast Sports Volunteer of the Year and a Finalist in the Queensland Sport Volunteer of the Year.
Brigette Seymour, Young Leader Award Winner – sponsored by Suncoast Christian College. A passionate advocate for females and youth within surf lifesaving and an active member of Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club for 15 years, Brigette is involved in all facets of the Club as patrol captain, female liaison officer and cadet officer.
Bertha Jansen, Carer Award – sponsored by Sundale. At age 91, Bertha has cared for her severely disabled son for over 35 years and she also cared for her husband with dementia for two years. Bertha was instrumental in the establishment of the Graceville Centre in Nambour to support people with mental health illness from 1969-1976.