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Local sectors unite for International Women’s Day

THE achievements of Council of the Ageing (COTA) chief executive officer Sue Leitch in supporting elderly Tasmanians has been recognised at the Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020.

Ms Leitch was one of six award winners in the local and state government and community service industry across Hobart and Glenorchy that were announced at a celebratory luncheon hosted by the Tasmanian Government, The Tasmanian Council of Social Services and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT).

 

The award category winners were:

Clarence City Council Alderman Heather Chong for Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Elected Member).

Waratah Wynyard Council director of corporate and community services Tracey Bradley for Local Government: Inspirational Leader (Officer).

Nursing Campbell Town Health and Community Service director Priya Jose for State Service: Inspirational Leader.

Department of Health manager of government relations and strategic policy Lisa Caswell for State Service: Aspiring Leader.

Council of the Ageing (COTA) chief executive officer Sue Leitch for Community Sector: Inspirational Leader.

Dress for Success Hobart general manager Amanda French for Community Sector: Aspiring Leader.

Ms Leitch said she was thrilled to receive the Inspirational Leadership in the Community Sector award.

“I lead a small team of staff at COTA Tasmania and a group of volunteers that support our work as well, but the people we represent are a very important part of the Tasmanian community who contribute so much to our society,” she said.

“These awards highlight to younger women the ‘possible’ of future roles where they can influence government and society in general.”

COTA Tasmania is the peak body for older Tasmanians and sees ageing in Australia as a time of possibility, opportunity and influence.

“Older people have a significant role to play in all areas of society – in workplaces, in unpaid roles such as caring and volunteering, and in influencing the futures of all Australians,” Ms Leitch said.

“They are also very diverse and part of our role is to ensure that these diverse voices, which can often be the quieter voices, can also be heard.”

LGAT chief executive officer Dr Katrena Stephenson said the International Women’s Day Awards supported the wonderful work women were doing across sectors.

“The theme for this International Women’s Day is ‘Each for Equal’,” she said.

“Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

“These awards are an excellent way to recognise the work Tasmanian women are doing across sectors to help us create a gender equal world.”

Guest speaker at the luncheon was AFL Tasmania chief executive officer Trishia Squires.

Caption: From left, Campbell Town Health and Community Service director of nursing Priya Jose, Dress for Success Hobart general manager Amanda French, Deb Mainwaring (accepting on behalf of Waratah Wynyard Council director of corporate and community services Tracey Bradley), Council on the Ageing chief executive officer Sue Leitch, Harriet Close (accepting on behalf of Department of Health manager of government relations and strategic policy Lisa Caswell) and Clarence City Council Alderman Heather Chong.