ACT Woman of the Year Awards
2018 ACT Woman of the Year
Ms Ashleigh Streeter-Jones
Ms Streeter-Jones began volunteering with Ardoch Youth Foundation where she assisted with educational supply programs for children. Ms Streeter-Jones has been Director of Future 21 Young Australians in International Affairs, which aspires to get more young people involved in international affairs; was part of the task force behind the official recognition of trans inclusion; and co-organised the Girls Takeover Parliament program to inspire and equip the next generation of female leaders.
2018 Senior Woman of the Year
Ms Cathi Moore
Ms Moore has contributed to leadership positons in key community service organisations and government boards for over 30 years, including serving as the President of YWCA Canberra and Board Member/Treasurer of YWCA Australia where she successfully campaigned for the introduction of the 30% quota for young women under 30 in governance positions in the YWCA both nationally and locally. She is the founding member of My Coaching, My Future, which provides pro-bono coaching services for women who have left violent relationships.
2018 Young Woman of the Year
Miss Caitlin Figueiredo
Miss Figueiredo is an international champion for gender equality. As the Alannah and Madeline Foundation Ambassador, she has helped transform the lives of girls in the ACT by supporting the foundation to end violence and bullying. As Director of Lake Nite Learning, Miss Figueiredo helps women develop skills, find employment, build a community and follow their passion. Miss Figueiredo co-founded the world’s largest political takeover, which reached 10 million people and trained Canberra women in leadership, public speaking and Indigenous rights.
2018 Women of the Year Finalists
Mrs Jayanti Gupta
Mrs Gupta works across the multicultural, interfaith and women sectors. She has worked with Government, individuals, committees and organisations, and is a member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women, Executive Member of the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum, and Executive Member and Media/Publicity Secretary of the Canberra Interfaith Forum. Mrs Gupta is also an active and dedicated volunteer in the community and in 2017 was named the 2017 ACT Volunteer of the Year.
Mrs Caroline Hughes
Mrs Hughes is a proud Ngunnawal woman who has made a significant contribution to women and girls in the field of education for over 30 years. As Director of CIT’s Yurauna Centre she has made an outstanding contribution to both Indigenous and Non-indigenous communities as a practitioner, manager and leader of educational programs in community development and client support services. As Director at Yurauna she has increased the enrolments at the centre and works with Indigenous women to help them gain qualifications to enter the workforce.
Ms Lana Read
Mrs Read is an innovative and passionate secondary school principal who has worked in public education for nearly 20 years. She is an inspirational role model for girls and women and coaches and mentors at the school and system level, and presents professional development across the country. Mrs Read has a passion for working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with complex and challenging needs and behaviours.
Ms Julie Tongs OAM
Ms Tongs has been the Chief Executive Officer of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service for over 20 years. She has been instrumental in growing the organisation from 10 to 70 staff servicing a client base of over 7000 clients serving 75% of the Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. She has prioritised the specific and special health needs of women and children in service delivery. She is a strong advocate and has provided leadership for Aboriginal women in the community.