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Lismore Council’s International Women’s Day Awards announced

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Five local women were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Lismore community at Lismore City Council’s International Women’s Day Luncheon.

Lismore City Council’s manager of Assets and touch football tragic Scott Turner, Executive Director of Corporate Services Kate Webber, keynote speaker Karley Banks and Lismore City Mayor Vanessa Ekins. Image supplied

The even, at Lismore City Hall, saw Ross Irwin recognised for her contribution to the community, with Sally Flannery recognised for her work in the economic sector.

Andrea Brooks’ efforts in the Health Sector were acknowledged, Gloria McPherson received an award for her contribution to the local sporting scene, and Jex Lopez was heralded for her work in the arts and entertainment.

‘It was so inspiring to spend International Women’s day in the company of such exceptional women, who have done such positive things for our community,’ Lismore Council’s Executive Director of Corporate Services, Kate Webber said.

‘Each of these women have made our community an even better place to live, and we thank them for that.

‘I would also like to thank our keynote speaker Karley Banks, who was inspiring and engaging.

‘This year’s International Women’s Day theme of “Choose to Challenge” was exemplified by our winners, and our guest speaker Karley. Each of them have shown their ability to challenge the status quo and make a difference.’

‘Karley really is a remarkable woman who achieved greatness in the very male dominated world of a touch footy coach. Her determination and good humour shined through her speech.’

The silent auction raised more than $2000 for the Winsome soup kitchen.


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