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03 March 2016

2016 Women of Spirit Awards

Posted in Past Events, Women of Sprit

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.  


Media Release


2016 Award Recipients

2016 Rising Woman of Spirit: Natasha Maguire

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... read more.

2016 Woman of Spirit: Deborah Evans

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... read more.

Click here to find out more about Tjillari Justice


Deborah  Jenni  Tash

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

Carol Boucher - web


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.


We would love to hear from you

If you would like to find out more about the Awards or be informed when 2017 nominations are open, please contact us on 02 6171 6300 or via email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .