03 March 2016
2016 Women of Spirit Awards
presented by Bond Hair Religion and Icon Water
About the Awards
Each year, for the past ten years, Lifeline Canberra has recognised outstanding women in our community; women who have overcome adversity, given back to the community and inspired others to do the same. The Women of Spirit Awards is one small way to thank these amazing women, and to remind them just how special they are.
There are two Award categories; the Rising Women of Spirit Award which recognises women who have only recently overcome personal adversity and the Women of Spirit Award which recognises the incredible contribution to our community after triumphing over personal adversity.
The 2016 Women of Spirit Awards Luncheon was held on Monday, 5 September at the National Gallery of Australia. All finalists received a complimentary ticket to the luncheon, as well as beautiful gifts donated by local organisations.
2016 Award Recipients
2016 Rising Woman of Spirit: Natasha Maguire
Tash’s daughter, Maya was born with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of childhood cancer, and for the next two years, Tash and her family fought for Maya’s life through chemotherapy, surgery and radical radiation. After Maya’s death, Tash wanted to make the lives of seriously ill children better and established Warming Beautiful Souls, which accepts donations of clothes and toys for children of all ages to enjoy during their hospital stay. Tash and her husband also developed “Maya’s Rest” a privately funded, purpose built respite home for families of children undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses.
2016 Woman of Spirit: Deborah Evans
Deborah is a Gidja/Djaru woman and a survivor of the Stolen Generation. Growing up in a non-Aboriginal household, she was treated very badly. Deborah has devoted her life to educating Aboriginal people in schools, prisons and in the community, particularly championing Aboriginal causes in the justice system. Concerned about the increasing ratio of Aboriginal incarceration, Deborah established Tjillari Justice, a child advocacy and rights organisation and early intervention and crime prevention initiative.
Deborah Evans with Jenni Tarrant of Bond Hair Religion and Natasha Maguire at the 2016 Women of Spirit Awards
2016 Award Finalists
In the Rising Women of Spirit Award category, our finalists were:
- Stefanie Lowe
- Natasha Maguire
- Nicole Raine
- Trish Reeves
- Natalie Rimlinger
In the Women of Spirit Award category, our finalists were:
- Yvonne Anthoney
- Fiona Austine
- Rose Beard
- Regina Bowers
- Deborah Evans
- Dulcie Hughes
- Lisa LaMaitre
- Dana Lim
- Jennelle McAppion
- Melinda McCabe
- Delia Quigley
Guest Speaker - Carol Boucher
2015 Vinnies Clemente Program Graduate, Carol Boucher is a single mother of four beautiful children. Ms Boucher is a domestic violence and homelessness survivor who is passionate about education and creating a better world for the next generation.
“I believe by sharing my story of overcoming obstacles, such as domestic violence, I can help inspire others to achieve their potential,” says Ms Boucher.
Lifeline Canberra Patron and Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, recommended Carol as our guest speaker for the 2016 Awards after hearing her speak at the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
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