APP Media Release
Date: 21 July 2021
Today’s announcement replaces the proposed celebration of the 2021 Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards – RIWA - at Parliament House, Sydney, and is presented by Press Release due to COVID restrictions. 
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, as Patron, has presented a message to celebrate and support the announcement of the finalists today.  Please click on the link below to see The Governor’s message.
The NSW Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, The Honourable Bronnie Taylor MLC, today announced the 20 NSW 2021 finalists for RIWA, proudly presented by the Rotary Clubs of NSW.
Mrs Taylor said the Awards are a fantastic opportunity to shine a light upon the enormous contribution of women in both urban and rural communities across New South Wales.
Mrs. Taylor thanked all who submitted nominations this year, which are increasing each year.  The judges, comprising panels of Rotarians from across the State of NSW, have expressed how the high quality of nominations have made their task very challenging and a wonderful honour. 
“Each and every finalist is fully deserving of recognition for the tireless and generous work they do in their communities. They give so much and ask for nothing in return and I congratulate them on their nomination,” Mrs Taylor said. 
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Ms Lynda Voltz, MP, Member for Auburn and the NSW Legislative Assembly said “We have endured some challenging times over the past few years and in many cases, it has been women who have stepped up to hold both their families and their broader communities together.”
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RIWA Chair, Rae-Anne Medforth is joined by our Awards Ambassador, Louisa Hope and the RIWA committee in extending their congratulations to each of our finalists.
Finalists come from country locations, including Dubbo, Casino,  Sawtell, Cessnock, Batemans Bay, Bega, Millingandi and Bermagui. Urban finalists include those from the Sydney area, Newcastle, and Wollongong.  
The RIWA committee is currently organizing an Awards Ceremony to be held on 19 September 2021.  Full details will be announced and circulated as soon as they are confirmed.
Enquiries can be made to:
RIWA Chair:  Rae-Anne Medforth
Phone: 0411 054 119
Inspirational Woman
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Local Government Area
URBAN over 30DeborahGersbachBlacktown City
 FifiHazzouriInner West
URBAN 18-30 yearsBoe MehBirdWollongong
 RoseLewisBlacktown City
RURAL over 30SarahBancroftBega Valley
 CherylMcCarthyBega Valley
RURAL 18-30 yearsGemmaCampionDubbo
 FionaLaneCoffs Harbour
 EmmaPeatCentral Coast
 CaitlinPyke-NottRichmond Valley
HEALTHDr DanielleMcMullenInner West
 IsabelleMoutiaBlacktown City