2019 ACT Women's Awards Recipients

2019 ACT Women's Awards

The 2019 ACT Woman of the Year

Yvette Berry MLA and Emma SckrabeiEmma Sckrabei

Emma has played a critical role in delivering “SPARK” (Ginninderry’s Training and Employment Initiative) and the “Women Return to Work Workshop Program”, as well as providing training opportunities into building and construction for girls.

Emma is a true advocate for inclusion in the trade industry, ensuring all participants have the right to learn and succeed regardless of age, gender, culture or background, particularly removing barriers and stigma for women within the male-dominated construction industry.

The 2019 ACT Young Woman of the Year

Yvette Berry MLA and Morgan MarshallMorgan Marshall

Morgan has inspired a new generation of women to pursue STEM subjects and careers through her tireless work with Robogals Canberra. Robogals is part of an international student-run organisation that aims to inspire and empower young women to consider studying engineering and other related fields.

Morgan is also a region mentor in Robogal’s Asia-Pacific chapters where she works to ensure that all chapters receive the same level of support regardless of cultural differences.

The 2019 ACT Senior Woman of the Year

Yvette Berry and Dr Anne MartinDr Anne Martin

Anne a Yuin Aboriginal woman who has worked on the advancement of Indigenous rights and Indigenous people more broadly. Anne has supported and mentored hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students as Director of the Tjabal Centre at ANU.

The Minister’s Award for “Exceptional contribution to raising the status of women in the ACT”

This is a special award this year which was awarded to Marcia Williams from Women’s Centre for Health Matters.

Marcia has improved the status of women and girls in the ACT through her work as the Chair of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council since 2014, as CEO of the Women's Centre For Health Matters from 2009 and in her broader work in the community with non-government and private sector organisations.

Marcia has also successfully brought together government, community and private sectors to collaborate on an improved response to domestic and family violence in the ACT.

Honourable mention

Ms Helen Petrou

Ms Petrou, who sadly passed away on 6 August 2018 following a short battle with cancer, aged 48, received an honourable mention.  Ms Petrou was an intensive care paramedic who epitomised "women can do anything", whether it be succeeding in male-dominated industries or supporting other women and their protection.


Amy Blain

Amy is the co-founder of Young Women Speak Out, which connect young women to social change and feminist activist networks/ events/ campaigns. She also enabled the #JustHumanThings Instagram campaign which involved the young women creating their own images challenging gender stereotypes. She has brought together an intergenerational network of activists working together successfully to change policies affecting young women

Cara Matthews

Cara is a leader in improving the status of women with disability and mental illness through her work as co-founder, Creative producer, actor, and tutor of Rebus Theatre, and through other work in the community. Rebus Theatre is a theatre company of people with and without disabilities that performs theatre as workplace training about employment of people with disabilities, and inclusion in community groups.

Associate Professor Christine Philips

Christine is a passionate and compassionate leader in medicine, who has been drawing on her position as a highly respected educator and doctor to improve health access, experience and outcomes for the most vulnerable individuals and communities. She is an inspiring role model and mentor to emerging women in medicine, and a dedicated advocate for women's health and wellbeing.

Deborah Evans

Deborah is a Gidja/Djaru woman who takes her cultural responsibilities as an Elder seriously. She founded Tjillari Justice some years ago because of her concerns about the rising incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people especially the number of women, many of whom are mothers. She has used her Ministerial appointments in the ACT to raise the issues Indigenous women and children face in everyday life.

Kerry Reed-Gilbert

Kerry is a Wiradjuri woman who has contributed to improving the status and lives of women and girls in the ACT through her work and contribution to literature and the arts in the ACT and nationally. Kerry has mentored emerging writers and produced and published two leadership books which showcase the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in Canberra and nationally.

Liz Lea

Liz is one of ACT's most prominent dancers and choreographers and a national leader in inclusiveness in the arts, particularly for older women, young women, and women living with a disability or debilitating medical conditions. Her work is distinguished by its inclusiveness: she works with artist of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, with deep respect for and collaboration with Indigenous performers.

Sandra Elhelw Wright

Sandra is a PhD candidate at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on domestic and family violence in Australian Muslim communities. Sandra's previous and current research on domestic and family violence in Australian Muslim communities is contributing to ACT based services having a better understanding of the needs of Muslim women experiencing family violence.

Yasmin Poole

Yasmin is an advocate for young women in Canberra who has been prolifically active in both print and digital media.

This year she will be a panellist on YWCA's 'She Leads' Conference for Year 11 and 12 ACT girls.