Hélène Gonski is the Winner of the 2006 CLW Leadership Achievement Award for Women. Mrs Gonski is being recognised for what she achieved on a grand scale in relation to raising and working on the issue of grandparenting, that up till then had not been given any mainstream focus. Hélène's efforts extended over more than a decade and it was at her instigation that COTA (NSW) first took up the issue of grandparenting which subsequently gained support at both the state and national level. In addition to establishing practical support for grandparents through the Grandparenting Association, Hélène advanced the issues with policy makers and wrote two informative books, Grandparenting: a new challenge and A Gong for Grandfathers.
The two Finalists
Melanie Mumford and Louise Bannister
Melanie Mumford's vision was to influence change in refugee and asylum seeker policy by sending a clear message that Australians support the fair treatment of refugees. She achieved this vision by persuading the Bass Coast Shire Council to declare the Bass Coast Shire a ‘Refugee Welcome Zone’. Melanie Mumford is twenty-one years old.
Louise Bannister as the Award's Finalist is being recognised for creating the six month Well and Able program that aimed to be an inclusive, fun, affordable fitness and social inclusion program in the form of a weekly fitness class with an individual program developed for each woman followed by social activities. Well and Able is the first project of its kind in Australia . Ms Bannister is forty-two years old and has impaired mobility due to Cerebral Palsy. Both, Ms Mumford and Ms Bannister receive a complimentary CLW Membership for a year and a 3 month Opal Membership to Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs.
Christina Borisavljevic, Mary Hollingworth and Kathryn Keen
Ms Borisavljevic is being recognised for establishing a Counselling and Support Service in Boambee East, NSW where she together with others, provide free counselling for members of the community and the disadvantaged.
Mary Hollingworth is being recognised for reviving the Glen Innes Show Society Ladies Auxiliary committee of forty-five years standing and achieving outstanding outcomes for the catering/hospitality needs of the Show.
Kathryn Keen is being recognised for providing an online Ozark and Ozbird communications and information network for wildlife carers across Australia .