TWO INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN FINALISTS IN 2021 WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

 

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today congratulated social-justice campaigner Dr Cynthia Briggs and rural health advocate Nicole Scholes-Robertson, both from Armidale, on being named finalists in the 2021 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

 

Mr Marshall said the influential women had committed their lives to improving social and health outcomes for rural and regional people.

 

“The purpose of these awards is to shine a spotlight on the ground-breaking work being done every day by inspiring women across the State,” Mr Marshall said.

 

“For her dedication to improving education, health and welfare in local Aboriginal communities, Dr Cynthia Briggs has been named a finalist in the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year category.

 

“A secondary school and TAFE teacher, Dr Briggs has had input into educational support initiatives to improve literacy, numeracy and retention rates of Aboriginal students.

 

“Dr Briggs is a strong voice on a number of important committees, including the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Gamilaraay Aboriginal Legal Services and the DV NSW Board.

 

“I thank Dr Briggs for her drive to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people everywhere.”

 

Mr Marshall said NSW Regional Woman of the Year finalist Nicole Scholes-Robertson was being recognised for her advocacy on behalf of patients with chronic kidney disease.

 

“Following a kidney transplant herself, Nicole launched the Rural Kidney Association to support others from the bush suffering from kidney disease,” he said.

 

“Nicole has raised $23,500 for the renal unit at Armidale Hospital and the RPA Transplant Institute by walking 525 kilometres in 21 days, and also launched the ‘Norm Bourke Box’ to supply essential health items to rural home dialysis patients.

 

“In what has already been a very big year for Nicole, she was named Armidale Citizen of Year on Australia Day for 2021.

 

“Just being nominated for these awards is a huge honour and I wish both Cynthia and Nicole the greatest success.”

 

There are seven award categories in the 2021 program, including the new ‘NSW Woman of Excellence’ which highlights women who affected lasting change in her field.

 

Winners will be announced on 10 March during NSW Women’s Week, at an awards ceremony at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

Find out more about the Awards and finalists at www.women.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/women-of-the-year

 

 

 

Recent Articles

$925,000 RESTORATION OF OLD URALLA COURTHOUSE UNDERWAY

27th May 2022

Restoration works are underway on the 133-year-old former Uralla Courthouse, thanks to a $925,000 grant from the State Government,... Read More

$8.5 MILLION NEW AMBULANCE STATION ON THE WAY FOR GLEN INNES

27th May 2022

Celebrating the good news today of a new $8.5 million ambulance station for Glen Innes, to be built on... Read More

WORK ‘POWERS UP’ ON NEW ENGLAND SOLAR FARM 50MW BATTERY

24th May 2022

Turning the first ceremonial sod of soil today to commence construction on the 50 megawatt/hour battery at the 720... Read More