The 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.
The Award is presented at Kingston’s International Women’s Day ceremony.
Winner of Kingston's Woman of the Year Award 2020
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.
Nominees for 2020
All 18 nominees have demonstrated excellence, commitment to the community, have inspired others and have multiple achievements that extend beyond this very brief summary.
Bronwyn has been a passionate advocate for animal welfare for several years. As the Regional Group Leader of the South-Eastern Metro Region of the Animal Justice Party, she has successfully brought people together who share a passion for animal welfare, to campaign and raise awareness on a platform of animal welfare. Through her expertise and knowledge, she has successfully increased membership and created a regional group dedicated to reaching out to the community and government to effect lasting change for animals.
Rev. Christie Buckingham
Rev. Christie Buckingham is a passionate advocate against death penalty. She was the Spiritual Adviser for Bali Nine-member Myuran Sukumaran. She has also been involved in two films, Guilty and Execution Island. The doco-film Guilty was shortlisted amongst the best documentaries at the 2019 AACTA Awards in December. She has also helped to establish the Bayside Community Christmas Lunch which feeds over 300 people in the community.
Cindy’s drive to overcome personal, physical and mental health challenge has seen her successfully represent Australia gaining multiple World Championship statuses and World Records in Karate and Kettlebell sport. As an integrated Movement/Lifestyle Coach and Athlete, Cindy is passionate about movement & mental health, generously supporting and inspiring people of all ages and abilities to find their own brave to achieve their sporting and personal aspirations and develop mental fortitude. Her mission is to increase people’s mental health through movement.
Cristina is a humble, fun and personable individual who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with a disability and to help combat social isolation. She leads her team by example and inspires everyone by her dedication to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Donna is the Vice President of the Chelsea Basketball Club and is very passionate to promote female participation in sport. She has been associated with the club for over 40 years and runs many activities within the club including the program, “Girls Got Game”. Despite personal tragedies, Donna continues to help others both personally and in her volunteer roles.
Donna coaches Kingston GOLD Masters Calisthenics, a competitive class for women over 26 years. Her 2019 team of 28, won all four competitions, and their way into the top Grade. Donna runs two dance/stretch/strength morning classes for older women, by the beach. She teaches young people with intellectual disability, social and relationship skills, then facilitates a weekly Social Club and monthly Social Dance Event; opportunity for practise. Aiming to engage, inspire and empower every time, Donna recently celebrated her annual 30th Summer School in Dance, Gymnastics and Calisthenics.
A leader in the rare diseases community, Emily is the co-founder and director of UsherKids Australia - a charitable organsiation aimed at enhancing the lives of children diagnosed with Usher syndrome in Australia. She organises the biennial UsherKids Connections Conference and volunteers at different organisations including Deafblind International Usher Network, Deafblind Centre of Excellence, Paediatric Vision Impairment Alliance as well as Mordialloc Braeside Football Club, Parkdale United Cricket Club and Parktone Primary School. Emily’s work has been featured in the media many times including on Sunrise and SBS.
For over twenty years, Jackie has been a prominent advocate for increasing access to justice for marginalized and disadvantaged communities across Melbourne’s south-east. As the CEO of the Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) she has been a driving force in ensuring City of Kingston community members get access to free legal services and assistance to resolve their legal and related problems.
Kirsten is the Secretary of the Dingley Baseball Club and has helped the club grow and become the largest member of the Dandenong Baseball Association. Her endeavours to advance the club has been exemplary and continues to inspire others with her drive and unyielding enthusiasm for the betterment of the Club. Although working full time, she spent 290 volunteer hours at Dingley Baseball Club a year for 29 years, 124 hours at Springvale and District Netball Representative Coach and 80 hours Sandringham Baseball Club during the summer months.
Leanne Le Page
Entrepreneur and Founder of Trivical Performance Academy, Leanne teaches modern dance styles in a positive way that respects all students as individuals. The school has grown to classes running across 3 studios almost every day of the week with a team of staff, assistants and teachers and about 350 students. Leanne is an inspiration to each parent, student and staff who come into Trivical.
Margaret is the honorary, unpaid member of the Board of Directors of Baseball Victoria. She acts in a mentoring role for the start-up NFP organisation, Surfers for Climate. Margaret is also an entrepreneur, founder and Director of NED hair products, an internationally sold Australian Made brand made in her local factory here in Cheltenham. As a single mother with two teenage sons, she has inspired so many people around her. Her aim is to encourage more female participation into baseball, into sport, onto corporate boards, into volunteering and in business.
Nataly is a local sole parent to two children, and founder and CEO of HealthAid Matters. Her contribution to local and national families has put her on the top 100 Women in Business and Leadership. Nataly founded two renowned health educational programs which include Parentmedic Movement teaching 800+ parents and Harry Helper teaching 300+ kids per month - both programs teaching the foundations to health, safety and first aid and a focus on ensuring every person has access. Nataly contributes to the health strategy and its development by managing the health clinic in Africa.
Nicole is a tireless and committed volunteer who is passionate about promoting equity for women in sport. She spearheaded the initiative for the development of the inaugural women’s team at Parkdale Vultures Football Club. Her dedication and achievements are inspirational to the club and all the Kingston community.
Paula is a dedicated volunteer, life-time Kingston resident, relentless advocate and volunteer historian for the Mordialloc, Edithvale and Aspendale area. As a creative visionary, Paula’s skill, knowledge, networks and tireless commitment have been instrumental for progressing the community projects of the Mordialloc College Historical Group and she has created a highly popular and vibrant online portal for our community dedicated to Edithvale-Aspendale - Its History and People.
Sarah has established a business that focuses on sustainable fashion called Hunter Markets, where she uses her networks with social media influencers and encourages them to resell the clothing they no longer need to the public.
During the recent bushfire crisis, Sarah has utilised her networks and influence to collect donations. Partnering with Foodbank Victoria, Sarah has been able to collect much needed items for the bushfire affected communities.
As the first female CEO in the AFL, Sarah has excelled demonstrating great leadership and business acumen for the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) and has improved both the safety and health environments of all 25 clubs by eliminating junk food sponsorship and being the first league to implement the Victorian Governments Child Safety Standards. Motivated by her experience as a young girl who loved football but was unable to play AFL past the age of 7, Sarah has been instrumental in making sport accessible for all.
Volunteer and Entrepreneur, Tara cofounded “Making Waves” in 2019 with her two business partners. The earrings are made from plastic waste and promote sustainable consumerism. The business has already sold more than 200 earrings. Tara is also studying Environmental Chemistry at Monash University with a high distinction average and is involved in the science ambassadors program. She also volunteers at Special Olympics, Conservation Volunteers Australia, School Holiday Programs, Beaumaris Life Saving Club and National Youth Science Forum.
To be eligible for the Kingston Woman of the Year Award, nominated individuals must:
- Be a woman or individual who identifies as female;
- Be aged 16 years and above;
- Live, work or study within the City of Kingston; and
- Have made an outstanding contribution to our community whose achievements positively influence the changing social, environmental or business landscape and make them leaders (or emerging leaders) in their field.
Nominate an inspiring woman for the 2020 award
Nominations for 2020 are now closed.
Women can be nominated across a range of 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.
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 Kingston community;
- Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made;
- Nature and length of activity or service;
- Future goals and likely impact on the Kingston 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.