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The 2020 State and Local Government and Community Sectors International Women's Day Luncheon

Tasplan International Women's Day 2020 Award Winners Announced 

Thank you to everyone who supported the Tasmanian Government, the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT)'s luncheon for International Women’s Day.

The event featured the 2020 Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence, providing a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of their peers and recognise and give visibility to outstanding contributions by women in Local Government, the Tasmanian State Service and the Community Sector.  

LGAT wishes to congratulate all award winners and finalists. In particular LGAT wishes to highlight our Local Government winners: Alderman Heather Chong and Tracey Bradley. A full list of Award winners are below:

  1. Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Elected Member) – Heather Chong, Alderman Clarence City Council
  2. Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Officer) – Tracey Bradley, Director Corporate and Community Services, Waratah Wynyard Council
  3. State Service: Inspirational Leader – Priya Jose, Director of Nursing Campbell Town Health and Community Service
  4. State Service: Aspiring Leader – Lisa Caswell, Manager Government Relations and Strategic Policy, Department of Health
  5. Community Sector: Inspirational Leader – Sue Leitch, Chief Executive Officer, Council on the Ageing (COTA)
  6. Community Sector: Aspiring Leader – Amanda French, General Manager, Dress for Success Hobart

The judging panel noted the calibre of nominees in 2020 were outstanding with Award winners demonstrating they had gone above and beyond their expected roles to make a significant contribution to their employer, their community and the Tasmanian community.

Also featured at the Luncheon was Guest Speaker, sponsored by the University of Tasmania, Trisha Squires, CEO of AFL Tasmania. Trisha was founder of the Broadbridge Fund and was awarded the Young Australian of the year (2006) and was the 2019 Tasmanian Telstra Businesswoman of the year (Medium and Large Business). 

The theme for this International Women’s Day was ‘Each for Equal’. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

And the awards designed to recognise the work Tasmanian women are doing across sectors to help us create a gender equal world.

 IWD 2020 award winners

Photo from left to right - Priya Jose, Director of Nursing Campbell Town Health and Community Service, Amanda French, General Manager, Dress for Success Hobart, Deb Mainwaring (Finalist) Circular Head Council (accepting on behalf of Tracey Bradley), Sue Leitch, CEO COTA, Harriet Close (accepting on behalf of – Lisa Caswell) and Alderman Heather Chong, City of Clarence

Hear from 2019 Tasplan International Women's Day Awards for Excellence winner

Need some inspiration to enter? Hear from Erica McKinnell, Community Services Project Officer Break O’Day Council a 2019 Tasplan International Women's Day Awards for Excellence winner in the category of Local Government, Inspirational Leader (Officer). 

Did you know you were being nominated?

I had no idea I was being nominated by our General Manager. So it was a huge surprise to attend the awards and have absolutely no idea until the moment where it was announced.

What was the best part of the awards for you?

Being in a room full of inspiring women

What did you do with your winning funds?

I enlisted into Event Management, where I realised post One Night Stand, my passion lies

How has winning the awards benefitted you?

Standing on the stage and publicly speaking in front of 300 inspirational women, really placed me out of my comfort zone, yet gave me a huge sense of achievement and empowerment all at the same time.

IWD winner erica small

International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme

- #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let's all be #EachforEqual.

 

International Women's Day 2019

LGAT, TasCOSS and the Tasmanian State Service proudly hosted an inaugural Women’s Award Luncheon in early 2019 to recognise and give visibility to outstanding contributions by women in the Local Government, State Government and community sector in Tasmania.

To see highlights from the day, please see video below:

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