2016 ACT Women’s Awards Recipients


2016 ACT Woman of the Year

Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley has become one of Canberra’s best known female entrepreneurs and is the Founder and Director of HerCanberra. The HerCanberra website, magazine, direct mail and social media channels are platforms for discussions on issues impacting women today, including domestic violence, equal pay, disability and homelessness.

Amanda supports local business, with a focus on businesses owned by women, by helping them get in touch with the local community through exposure on HerCanberra. She also facilitates connections and friendships between local women through regular ‘Click and Connect’ events. Amanda promotes Canberra to the world and creates an inclusive community for all Canberra women.

2016 ACT Violence Prevention Woman of the Year

Mirjana Wilson

Mirjana Wilson

Mirjana, as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS), has led her team into the changing landscape of domestic and family violence, rising to the challenge of the increased public profile afforded to DVCS and supporting staff to cope with the increased workload and pressures.

Mirjana’s contributions extend well beyond the expectations of her paid role.

2016 ACT Senior Woman of the Year

Krishna Sadhana

Krishna Sadhana

Over the years, Krishna has voluntarily organised numerous social events for women in the community, including the annual Fruit Tingles Women’s Dance as a part of SpringOUT Pride Festival.

Krishna is a retired social worker who uses her many skills to support women who have experienced sudden death, domestic violence, mental illness and other traumas. She freely gives her time to support women and assist them to gain confidence and reach their potential.

Krishna’s constant desire for women to feel connected, cared for and supported is a driving force. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate who always remains humble.

2016 ACT Young Woman of the Year

Rachael Stevens

Rachael Stevens

Rachael is an author, artist, advocate and mentor, encouraging and inspiring women and girls who are struggling with mental illness. Rachael courageously shares her personal experiences to open up communication and improve the lives of young women and girls, particularly those impacted by eating disorders.

Her book, The Skeleton Diaries, her mentoring of young women and her presentations at high schools and various forums across Canberra, have touched the lives of countless women and girls across Canberra.