AN ENVIRONMENTALIST and community volunteer have been rewarded for their tireless efforts in the region in the 2016 Local Woman of the Year Awards.
Tamworth woman Stephanie Cameron and Glen Innes woman Jan Sharman are the region’s women of the year.
Mrs Cameron said she is humbled to have received the award and encouraged more women to become involved in community volunteer programs like Landcare.
“I care about the environment and care about the state for future generations, so I decided I need to do something about it,” Mrs Cameron said.
“Landcare and Sustainable Northwest have helped me make a contribution.
“All of the small things that we do add up, so I encourage others to become involved by getting in contact with the Tamworth Regional Landcare Association.”
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said Mrs Cameraon was passionate about the community and the environment.
“Caring for the environment is important and I’m thankful that we have local people like Stephanie who are able to lead the way in protecting and improving our local environment,” he said.
“Stephanie is a role model for women, not just in this region but also to women right across country NSW, and I am proud to award her the Local Woman of the Year Award.”
Mr Anderson was joined by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Women Pru Goward this week to congratulate Ms Cameron at the NSW Regional Women of the Year Awards in Sydney.
Mrs Sharman is a member of numerous community groups in Glen Innes and works tirelessly as a volunteer.
Mr Marshall presented Mrs Sharman with a certificate at a special surprise morning tea in Glen Innes, attended by mayor Col Price and community members.
“Jan was an obvious choice for this award,” Mr Marshall said.
“She is highly respected and loved in the community for her more than 40 years of community service to a wide range of organisations and causes.
“At 78, Jan is still an active member of the Anglican Parish Council, for which she has worked tirelessly for more than 40 years.
“As head of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church catering committee for over 30 years, Jan ensured that no-one who attended a church function went away without a cuppa and a scone.”
Mrs Sharman is also a committee member of the Corinya Retirement Village, the Community Information Centre and the Glen Innes Hospital Auxiliary for more than 40 years, and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospital to purchase much-needed equipment to support the work of the hospital staff.
“Her most recent campaign has been to spearhead the push for a helipad to be built at the Glen Innes hospital,” Mr Marshall said.
“When we achieve the helipad, it will be another tangible reminder of Jan’s determination and a wonderful legacy.
Mrs Sharman has previously been acknowledged with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013 and as a Glen Innes Citizen of the Year.