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Do you know a fabulous woman who deserves recognition for all that she does for the Canberra community? Well grab a pen because nominations are now open for the Lifeline Canberra 2021 Women of Spirit Awards.
Since 2006, Lifeline Canberra has been celebrating the amazing women in Canberra and surrounding regions who have triumphed over personal adversity and gone on to make a positive contribution to the community, while inspiring others to do the same.
Seeking nominations in two categories – the Women of Spirit Award and the Rising Women of Spirit Award – the awards aim to inspire and showcase the many inspirational, strong and courageous women of the Canberra community, celebrating the key messages of resilience and compassion.
“This event grew from 20 people to hundreds and with that we realised there were certain individuals who dedicated their life to a cause and have spent decades giving back to the community in which they live,” says Lifeline CEO Carrie Leeson.
“We also needed to recognise that there were women who needed to be recognised for the complexity they face today and they may well be one or two years into their journey. We wanted to recognise both categories and the importance of both.”
Following the pandemic, this year’s awards are even more significant.
“Whilst we have the overwhelming majority of our community and population affected by COVID- 19, there are still other major issues that people are facing and tackling,” says Carrie.
“These awards are an opportunity for us to shine a light on those individuals and be inspired by them, and know that throughout adversity there is an opportunity for growth and learning and they can be a road map for those of us who are struggling.”
Taking place on Wednesday August 18, the incredible nominations will be highlighted at a luncheon held at the National Gallery of Australia. To make the day even more special, hosting the event is Canberra local Michelle Mitchell, author of Girl Got Game, podcast host at Franki & Michelle, CEO at Ms Michelle Mitchell, blogger at Glamor Hippie.
As Lifeline asks for members of the community to nominate an inspirational woman, they are looking for people who show significant inner strength and self-belief.
“Anyone that can demonstrate these qualities is someone we would like to celebrate,” says Carrie. “Typically we grow more and experience more and show these qualities during hardship, so many of our women of spirit in the past have gone through immense adversity and have turned around to do something incredible for the community around them.”
Get in quick because nominations close on Thursday 12 August.
What: Lifeline Canberra 2021 Women of Spirit Awards
When: Nominations close on Thursday 12 August.