Glenda MacPhail is in the running to win the NSW Woman of the Year Award.
Glenda MacPhail is in the running to win the NSW Woman of the Year Award.

Glenda closer to State award

LOCAL identity Glenda MacPhail of Townsend has been nominated as a candidate for NSW Woman of the Year 2010, and has this week received the news that she has made the short list as a finalist.

Ms MacPhail is a Yaegl woman who has been instrumental in the establishment of the Lower Clarence Aboriginal Women’s Resource Centre on the hill at Maclean, known as ‘Milgirr Ungwiirri’,or ‘Women Talking’.

“I am totally overwhelmed, I didn’t expect to get this sort of recognition for the work that I do with the community,” Ms MacPhail said.

“I’m very honoured.”

Labor MLC for Clarence, Greg Donnelly, congratulated Ms MacPhail for being selected from a list of almost 90 nominees.

“To be nominated in the first instance is a huge honour, so to be selected as one of the 10 finalists is just amazing,” Mr Donnelly said.

Several years ago Glenda recognised the need for a permanent place for local women to meet and network with government and non-government organisations, as well as a place to strengthen the community through the sharing of ideas and experiences.

“It took six years of being persistent and never losing sight of achieving that goal” she said, adding that since the official opening in December last year the centre has proved to be a positive experience for many women and that she is pleased to see so many wanting to participate.

“Young women have been finding their voice and opening up.”

Mr Donnelly added that the centre provides an excellent service to women and children of the Lower Clarence and beyond, helping to educate the community with a multi-disciplinary, culturally appropriate and holistic approach.

“Glenda’s ability to see that need and set up the group is to be highly commended and I think she is more than deserving to be a finalist,” Mr Donnelly said.

“I wish her all the very best and thank her on behalf of the community for her dedication and commitment.”

The NSW Woman of the Year Award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of women in the state, and the winner will be announced at the Premier’s Reception for International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8.

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