Kiama MP Gareth Ward has today announced Sharon Parker of Kiama Downs as the 2018 Kiama Electorate Woman of the Year.
Mr Ward said that Ms Parker was being recognised for her many years of dedication and hard work in our local community, as the community development manager at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre.
“Sharon is a well-known and respected identity who has been a strong advocate for so many community groups and local people,” Mr Ward said.
“Sharon has been a champion for the upgrade of amenities at the North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre to help maintain its status as a vital community hub for everyone from young people who use the skate park to seniors who attend group activities including Kiama U3A who regularly use the centre.
“We have many extraordinary women across our community doing wonderful things. Sharon is not just a deserving recipient of this award but she is a tremendous example of someone who is passionate about helping others. She is universally respected and this award is deserving recognition for her awesome efforts.
“This award has gone to some amazing women across our community in the years it has been running. I am proud Sharon is joining these past winners in recognition of all she has done and continues to do for our community.”
Ms Parker and her mother Ruth Gudgin will join Mr Ward at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards Ceremony in Sydney on International Women’s Day on March 8, alongside Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian.
The NSW Minister for Women Tanya Davies said the NSW Women of the Year Local Awards celebrate the contributions and successes of women who are often quiet achievers.
“The Local Awards are designed to acknowledge women who are making a significant impact in the places where we live and work, and in the lives of people around them. Local award winners exemplify the spirit of their communities,” Mrs Davies said.