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2016 Women of Spirit finalists announced

HerCanberra Team

On Monday, 5 September 2016, Lifeline Canberra will recognise inspirational women through the annual Women of Spirit Awards Luncheon, at the National Gallery of Australia.

Now in its 10th year, the Awards encourage the Canberra community to nominate women who have experienced trauma throughout their lives.

Physical injuries, chronic illnesses, mental health issues, loss of family and domestic abuse are just some of the adversities these women have experienced. Not only have they triumphed over incredible hardships, these remarkable women have gone on to make a positive impact in our community and inspire others.

WOSA_2015 Women of Spirit Awards finalists

2015 Women of Spirit Awards finalists

In 2014, a second category was introduced; the Rising Women of Spirit Award, which recognises women who have only recently overcome adversity. This category aims to provide encouragement to women who have not yet had a significant period of time to give back to the community, yet have still achieved amazing outcomes.

The Awards are sponsored by Bond Hair Religion in Kingston. Salon owner and creative director, Ms Jenni Tarrant received the Women of Spirit Award in 2013 and has been a major supporter of the Awards and Lifeline Canberra.

“Having faced my own adversities in life, I was incredibly honoured to be named the 2013 Woman of Spirit and it seemed like a natural progression to be the major sponsor as a way of highlighting the work these amazing women contribute to the Canberra community,” said Ms Tarrant.

2015 Rising Woman of Spirit, Sarah Mamalai with Jenni Tarrant

2015 Rising Woman of Spirit, Sarah Mamalai with Jenni Tarrant

Icon Water have also come on board this year as the sponsor of the Rising Women of Spirit Award category.

The 2016 nomination committee, comprising of Ms Gillian Adamson, Mr Arran Curll, Ms Natalie Forrest, Ms Peta-Lee Henare, Ms Joanna Houghton and Ms Jenni Tarrant, had the difficult yet rewarding task of reviewing nominations. The Nomination Committee selected 16 finalists for the 2016 Awards; 5 finalists for the Rising Women of Spirit Award category and 11 finalists for the Women of Spirit Award category.

The 2016 Finalists are…

Rising Women of Spirit Award:

  • Stefanie Lowe
  • Natasha Maguire
  • Nicole Raine
  • Trish Reeves
  • Natalie Rimlinger

Women of Spirit Award:

  • Yvonne Anthoney
  • Fiona Austine
  • Rose Beard
  • Regina Bowers
  • Deborah Evans
  • Dulcie Hughes
  • Lisa LaMaitre
  • Dana Lim
  • Jennelle McAppion
  • Melinda McCabe
  • Delia Quigley

2015 Vinnies Clemente Program Graduate and single mother of four beautiful children, Ms Carol Boucher will be the guest speaker at the luncheon. Ms Boucher is a domestic violence and homelessness survivor who is passionate about education and creating a better world for the next generation.

“I believe by sharing my story of overcoming obstacles, such as domestic violence, I can help inspire others to achieve their potential,” said Ms Boucher.

the essentials

What: The 2016 Women of Spirit Awards, presented by Bond Hair Religion and Icon Water
When: Monday, 5 September from 12pm to 2pm
Where: National Gallery of Australia
Tickets: Tickets are $80 each and bookings are essential
Find more information and purchase tickets here:

Featured image: Jenni Tarrant of Bond Hair Religion (Women of Spirit Awards presenting sponsor) with 2015 Woman of Spirit, Gay Evans. All images supplied. 


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