Announcing the winners: Shoalhaven IWD 2018 Awards


On Saturday 10 March 2018, 220 people celebrated the presentation of the Shoalhaven International Women’s Day 2018 awards at Meroogal.

Sydney Living Museums' Nicole Ison, who organised the awards with the local International Women’s Day Committee, said:

Meroogal is part of Sydney Living Museums and we have had the honour of hosting the... awards for the past 21 years. This house was a family home to four generations of women. The women that lived here loved their community. They were always willing to contribute and care by participating in various community and charity organisations.

Aunty Margaret Simoes welcomed us to country. Guest speakers from Civic Disability Services, Demelza O’Keefe  and Ally, spoke together about how important it is for people with disabilities to find work and be independent. Civic works with people like Ally to place them in appropriate employment, and supports them to succeed. Ally was enthusiastic about how her work at Nourish Café in North Nowra connects her socially and provides financial stability. Demelza articulated that there has been little improvement for women who have disabilities in more than a decade, but that the NDIS was a significant opportunity for change. Together Demelza and Ally demonstrated that we can ‘shine our story’ when equality and respect for all abilities is achieved.

The International Women’s Day choir sang ‘Tower of Strength’, an original composition; ‘Perfect Day’ by Lou Reed; and a very special tribute to an award recipient who had tragically passed away.

Shoalhaven Mayor, Councillor Amanda Findley presented the awards, and she spoke about how women’s voices were being heard through the #MeToo and #TimesUp:

When equality is achieved true emancipation is possible for men as well as women.

The 31 award recipients were impressive for their work in health, with seniors through Meals on Wheels, in sporting organisations, education equity, environmental activism, combatting bullying in improving the opportunities for Aboriginal people, and in their work in the arts, heritage and dance. The quality and successes of the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, the Jervis Bay Regional Museum, Country Women’s Association and several health care and sporting organisations was often due to the work and determination of women, many of whom are volunteers. The recipients all emphasised how important it is to give back to the community the support that they have received from others and that their own successes had been made possible by the encouragement of family and friends.

Nominations are encouraged each year for contributions to the Shoalhaven community in the following categories: health and wellbeing, community and social services, the conservation of the environment and heritage, arts and culture, community sporting groups, multicultural communities, business and economic development, and to a local TAFE student.

Award Winners

  • Judy Albany
  • Elaine Apperley
  • Tracey Atfield
  • Sandy Aureli
  • Carolyn Bateman
  • Helen Backhouse
  • Anthea Brumerskyj
  • Sharon Bunyan
  • Kathy Cargill
  • Bronwyn Coulston
  • Eleanor Drury
  • Takesa Frank
  • Rachael Knight-Derkowski
  • Janettte Diane Hoepper
  • Roslyn Holmes
  • Cheryl Hunter
  • Lisa Kennedy
  • Karen Lissa
  • Jenny Lunnon
  • Diana Lorentz
  • Janet Luxton
  • Gloria Liddicoat
  • Diane Moller
  • Aimee Newell
  • Beth Ricardo Hall
  • Suzanne Taplin
  • Jill Turnbull
  • Jen Thompson & Marion Bradley
  • Fiona Williams
  • Denise Wood