Glenda up with the best
THE driving force behind the Aboriginal women’s resource centre at Maclean, Glenda MacPhail, joined nine other finalists in this year’s NSW Woman of the Year award at NSW Parliament House on Monday.
The registered nurse and chairperson of the Nungera Co-op has been described as a ‘powerhouse’ and a very busy woman.
More than six years have past since she recognised the need for a permanent place for local Yaegl women to meet and network with government and non-government organisations.
The result of her persistence is Milgirr Ungwirri (‘Women Talking’) at Hillcrest, a place for women to share ideas and experiences as well as a place to access vital health services for women and children.
“I am totally overwhelmed.
“I didn’t expect to get this sort of recognition from the community,” Ms MacPhail said on hearing of her nomination last week.
Christine Weston, the pioneer of a low-rent scheme to attract visitors and new residents to the rural town of Cumnock, was named 2010 NSW Woman of the Year at the reception.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Carmel Tebbutt, presented the awards and said the ten finalists were selected from almost 90 nominations; five were based in Sydney and five from regional NSW, including three Aboriginal women.
“These women are fantastic role models and should be incredibly proud of what they do,” Ms Tebbutt said.
“These awards recognise women who have motivated other women, made a difference for women and girls in NSW and demonstrated excellence and success in their field.”
Also held on Monday’s International Women’s Day was the Straight Talk Summit in Canberra organised by Oxfam Australia.
The summit was designed to give Indigenous women direct access to women in power.