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ACT Woman of the Year: Amanda Whitley

Beatrice Smith

We’re thrilled to announce that our founder and director Amanda Whitley has been named as ACT Woman of the Year 2016.

Yesterday’s award ceremony at the High Court of Australia saw women from all walks of life being recognised for their amazing contributions to our community and to the experience of being a woman in the ACT.

Rachael Stevens was named as ACT Young Woman of the Year for her mental illness advocacy, ACT Senior Woman of the Year went to Krishna Sadhana for her advocacy for the LGBTIQ* community and the newly introduced ACT Violence Prevention Woman of the Year went to one of our Quiet Revolutionaries Mirjana Wilson.

ACT Minister for Women Yvette Berry presented the awards and spoke to the importance and significance of International Women’s Day at the event.

“Congratulations to Amanda for this much deserved honour, she is well known for supporting local business, particularly those owned by women,” said Minister Berry.

“Amanda promotes Canberra to the world and creates an inclusive community for all Canberra women. She is a great role model for the younger generation and very deserving of this prestigious award.”

Amanda has served as a mentor to young women in media as part of the Women in Media Canberra chapter, she sits on various media and philanthropic Boards across Canberra and still makes time for her partner and two young children, encouraging her staff to observe and find their own work/life balance.

Despite her many time consuming responsibilities, Amanda still makes time to meet with writers who seek guidance and makes sure the women who have been with HerCanberra from the beginning are celebrated and remembered. Amanda doesn’t only serve as a role model for self made businesswomen in Canberra, but she actively lifts those around her to higher levels with the strength of her belief in them.

“It is such a privilege to be recognised on International Women’s Day alongside such incredible Canberra women, all who are making this city a better place for women and girls,” says Amanda.

“It’s been a big five years. I’ve worked harder than I ever have in my life, but I wake up everyday and know that I get to do something that challenges, excites and fulfils me and that I believe is making a difference to our city.”

From a one-woman website to a ‘media company’ HerCanberra has become more than Amanda ever imagined it would or could be.

“Our website, and now Magazine, podcast and event series all have one simple aim – to connect Canberra women with their city and each other. We all need a sense of belonging, and I hope that HerCanberra fulfils that in its own small way.”

“I have been privileged to meet and work with an amazing group of Canberra writers, without whom HerCanberra would not be possible. They are not just my colleagues, they are my friends, and this award is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Read more about the other finalists for The 2016 Women of the Year awards here.


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Editorial Coordinator involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise you’ll find her at the movies, ordering a cheese board or ordering a cheese board at the movies. More about the Author

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