This year women comprised 40% of recipients across all tiers of the awards – the highest percentage of women recipients in the history of the awards – and included ABC Chair Ita Buttrose, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Jane Caro, Carrie Bickmore, former union boss Sharan Burrow and 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons.

Locally two women associated with WCHM were recognised for their work.

WCHM has worked with Mary Kirk (featured in above photo) over many years in her role as Director at the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre. So we were very pleased to see that she received recognition in this years list. Read a Canberra Times article about Mary here.

WCHM also congratulates Jane Dahlstrom for being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Jane has been a long term member of WCHM and served on WCHM’s Board for several years. Read a RiotACT article on Jane here.