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NSW Aboriginal woman of the year


Aboriginal Woman of the Year

From left to right Minister Leslie Williams, Rhonda Radley, Dana Clarke, Premier Mike Baird, Kirstie Parker, Nikita Ridgeway and Minister Pru Goward.

The inaugural NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year was announced this morning at the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards ceremony hosted by the Minister for Women Pru Goward at NSW Parliament House.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams presented the 2016 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year to Worrimi Woman, Dana Clarke.

Dana is a fantastic leader in her community and I am proud to say she is the first recipient of the Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award, said Mrs Williams.

Dana's hard work and dedication is evident in that under her leadership the Burrun Dalai Aboriginal Corporation has grown from a small non-government organisation to the largest rural service provider of Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) and Family Support Services in NSW.

Dana is a deserving recipient and I congratulate her on her positive and ongoing contribution to the community.

The award is for an outstanding leader who contributes to her own community and is well-respected in the wider community for her success and leadership in her chosen field.

Ms Goward said the week of International Women's Day is an excellent opportunity to publicly acknowledge inspirational women who have achieved so much.

The calibre of nominees for this award highlights the number of exceptional Aboriginal women across NSW who are doing outstanding work in their community.

Under Dana's leadership the Burrun Dalai’s Office of Children's Guardian is one of only five OOHC service providers to achieve re-accreditation in NSW.

The other finalists were Kristie Parker, Nikita Ridgeway and Rhonda Radley.

MEDIA: Natalie Heazlewood | Minister Williams | 0419 173 927
Bianca Turai | Minister Goward | 0429 360 271

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