2017 ACT Women's Award Recipients

2017 ACT Woman of the Year

Marie-Louise Corkhill

Marie-Louise  Corkhill

Marie-Louise Corkhill is the Executive Director of Karinya House, Home for Mothers and Babies Inc. Marie-Louise was the first staff member appointed to Karinya House in 1997 and is in her 20th year of managing the service. She has been instrumental in developing the organisation from a three bedroom house to a custom designed, purpose built residential complex.

She has been nominated by the Karinya House Management Committee for her extraordinary contribution to Canberra women and their families over 20 years. More specifically under her leadership, she has doubled the service provision which includes a special Mother and Baby Unit as part of the ACT Government’s ‘Strengthening High Risk Families’ Program.

2017 ACT Senior Woman of the Year

Andrea Hotchkiss

Andrea Hotchkiss

Andrea Hotchkiss has been instrumental in establishing and building the ACT Women’s Soccer Association (now part of Capital Football) since 1978. She has been a strong advocate for women and girls to participate and enjoy all areas of football for over three decades.

Andrea was responsible for the development of girls’ football at Belsouth since 1994 which witnessed the growth of girls’ participation from 12 to 4000 girls in junior and senior competitions.

She has coached at Belsouth and continues to be a mentor and advisor to women coaches. She was one of the first women to gain a referee qualification in the ACT and actively promotes referee opportunities for girls and women in Canberra.

She has been the Community Football representative on the Referee Technical Committee for the last three years.

2017 ACT Young Woman of the Year

Francesca Maclean

Francesca Maclean

Francesca Maclean helps women and girls in the ACT pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) education, with a focus on women at university who are looking for tools and support to prepare for the workforce. She mentors several younger women through the Curious Minds program for high school students, the Fifty50 First Year Female Program (Australian National University (ANU) students), and Peer Support Program (at risk female ANU students).

She founded the Fifty50 in 2015 which assists in helping female STEM students actively and equitably participate in STEM careers. This group has grown in the number of female students targeted and initiatives