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Kingston Woman of the year award 2022

The annual Kingston Woman of the Year Award celebrates the outstanding contribution that women in Kingston make to industry, community, and society.

Nominees of this award are women who are leaders in their field, who inspire others and who make a difference to our community through their exceptional professional or personal achievements. Award winners are announced each year at Kingston’s International Women’s Day ceremony in March.

Nominations for the Kingston Woman of the Year Award are now closed.

Kingston Woman of the Year Award 2022 Nominees

We are thrilled to announce the nominees for our fourth Kingston Woman of the Year Award. Once again, we have received nominations for a diverse group of inspiring women with 24 women nominated who have made a significant contribution to Kingston community. It is an honour to shine the spotlight on this amazing group of women in Kingston.

Download the 2022 nominee list and read more about the 24 nominees in this year's Kingston Woman of the Year Award.

Join us for the International Women's Day Celebration

The fourth annual Kingston Woman of the Year Award will be presented at Kingston's International Women's Day ceremony.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday 11 March
  • Time: 9:45am to 12:30pm
  • Venue: Kingston City Hall, 979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin.

The event is free however bookings are essential. Book online via Eventbrite.

*In the event of any changes to Government advice, the event may have restricted capacity or be cancelled at short notice. If you have registered for the event you will be notified of any changes via email and information will be published on our website. All members in attendance are required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 and will need to check-in using the free Service Victoria QR Code app or manually.

Nomination categories

Individuals are nominated for Kingston Woman of the Year Award under one of the following categories:

  • Courageous Commitment: This category is for women who are 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: This category is for women using their sporting and/or creative talents to represent, motivate and inspire our community.
  • Inspiring Innovation: This category is for women who are leaders in Business, Economics, Politics and/or an Entrepreneur.
  • Success in STEM: This category is for women who are excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


To be eligible for the Kingston Woman of the Year Award, nominated individuals must:

  • Be a woman or individual who identifies as female; and
  • Be aged 16 years and above; and
  • Live, work or study within the City of Kingston; and
  • Have made an outstanding contribution to the community (within Kingston or outside) whose achievements positively influence the changing social, environmental or business landscape and make them leaders (or emerging leaders) in their field.

Individuals cannot self-nominate. Any community member or community group/ organisation can make a nomination. Kingston Council employees are not eligible unless being nominated for their work outside Council. Previous nominees of Kingston Woman of the Year Award are eligible to be nominated again. Previous Winners and Honourable Mentions of the Award are not eligible.

Assessment criteria

In choosing the recipient of the Kingston Woman of the Year Award, nominees will be assessed according to the following assessment criteria:

  • Significance and impact of contributions made;
  • Demonstrated level of commitment to the betterment of the community;
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made;
  • Nature and length of activity or service;
  • Future goals and likely impact on the community;
  • Previous awards and recognition received;
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field;
  • Personal attributes of the nominee such as being an inspirational/positive role model for their peers, overcoming adversity, showing vision, leadership, innovation and creativity;
  • Personal, academic and professional achievements; and/or
  • Individuals must indicate whether their contribution was in the course of employment, voluntary or both.

Independent referee check

All nominations are required to be supported by one independent referee.

Referee Eligibility:

  • Referee should be independent of the nominee and nominator
  • Someone who has had close involvement with the nominee during their service or is able to comment directly on the nature and impact of their achievements
  • For all eligible nominations received, Council staff will contact the referee to provide a Letter of Support for their respective nominee. 

Selection process

For all eligible nominations received, Council staff will contact the referee to provide a Letter of Support for their respective nominee.

Once nominations have closed, the selection panel will consider all eligible entries against the assessment criteria and select a winner. 

The selection panel consists of the Mayor and fellow Councillors of the City of Kingston.

Important dates

  • The Award winner will be officially announced at Kingston’s International Women’s Day Event on Friday 11 March 2022

Previous winners

Kingston Woman of the Year 2021
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Simone Hardham

Simone has dedicated much of her life to support and serve communities through volunteering, fundraising and campaigning. She works full-time, is a mum, President of a neighbourhood centre and founder of a non-profit organisation. Mindful Makings Inc delivers services that positively impacts the lives of those challenged by compromised mental health or seclusion.


Kingston Woman of the Year 2020


June Rea

June is a dedicated volunteer with The Office of the Public Advocate’s Community Visitors program. She works tirelessly to ensure the human rights of the more vulnerable in the community are upheld. Her tenacious advocacy has resulted in positive impacts on the lives of residents in terms of both living conditions and lifestyle.


Kingston Woman of the Year 2019


Emma Gierschick

Emma uses her own experience as a family violence and cancer survivor plus parent of a disabled child to advocate for increased support, information and awareness in the community. Recognised by the Australian Financial review as one of the top 100 Women of Influence in 2018, Emma has been a leading voice presenting to parliament, the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is a sought-after advisor to MPs, service providers and local government – including Kingston Council where she serves on the Kingston’s Family Violence Working Group.