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Kingston’s 2020 Woman of the Year announced

6 March 2020

A tireless advocate for the vulnerable in the community has been named Kingston’s 2020 Woman of the Year, at a ceremony celebrating International Woman’s Day.

June Rea accepted her award from Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley at the special event on Friday 6 March at Kingston City Hall.

June is the second person to have won this prestigious annual award that was launched last year to recognise the outstanding achievements of women making a positive difference in their local community.

Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said choosing a winner among the 18 exceptional women nominated for this year’s award had been incredibly difficult, but June Rea stood out as someone who has worked tirelessly for her community.

“Once again, we have been overwhelmed with the quality of the nominees, said Cr Oxley. “June won because of her tenacious advocacy that has resulted in positive impacts on the lives of so many Kingston residents, in terms of both living conditions and lifestyle.

June Rea said she was extremely honoured and grateful to have received the Woman of the Year Award.

“I am hoping this award increases awareness about the great work the Community Visitors program does in safeguarding the human rights of the most vulnerable in our community and encourages others in Kingston to volunteer as well,” said Mrs Rea.

Our nominees this year were recognised across three categories:

  • Courageous Commitment: women dedicated to making a difference to the health, wellbeing, safety and/or sustainability of our community through advocacy, campaigning, fundraising and/or thought-leadership.
  • Excelling in Arts and Sport: using sporting and/or creative talents to represent, motivate and inspire our community.
  • Inspiring Innovation: leaders in Business, Economics, Politics and/or an Entrepreneur.

Last year’s winner of the Inaugural Kingston Woman of the Year was family violence and disability advocate Emma Gierschick.


 

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