Celebrating our local leading ladies

As we celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March 2024, the theme this year is ‘Inspire Inclusion’. 

Our three local state members presented “Woman of the Year” awards to leading ladies in their respective electorates.  

Penrith MP Karen McKeown OAM said it was exciting to announce the recipients of the Penrith Local Woman of the Year and the Local Young Woman of the Year.

Penrith’s Local Young Woman of the Year 2024 is Lucinda Harvey.  Pictured with Karen McKeown MP OAM.

“There were 15 nominations received for local Penrith women this year, it was a hard task to award just two local women from all the talent that we have here in Penrith,” Mrs McKeown said. 

“The recipient of the Penrith Local Woman of the Year 2024 is Julia Parashko. Julia is a local teacher at Penrith Selective Highschool and works as a singing tutor after hours. Julia volunteers her amazing skills at various charity events by acting as event MC and singer at no cost. She is also involved with the committee for ‘Relay for Life’, as well as volunteering for the various ‘Pink Up Penrith’ events, the Emu Plains Christmas carols, and Christmas Tree Lighting. Julia also undertakes fundraising for the Cancer Council, and has offered years of service to the RSL, singing the national anthem.

“Our Penrith Local Young Woman of the Year 2024 is Lucinda Harvey. Lucinda founded the organisation “Saving True Blues” at the age of 19 after the tragic loss of a close friend to suicide. Saving True Blues is a state-wide initiative, that through programs such as the ‘4WD & CAMP 4 MENTAL HEALTH’, provides people a platform to have those important and difficult conversations about mental health. Saving True Blue also sells clothes, and every month, 10% of the profit is donated directly to Lifeline Australia.

Tanya Davies MP with Badgerys Creek Local Woman of the Year, Leisa McGivern OAM.

“It was an honor to present Penrith Woman of the Year to Julia while acknowledging Lucinda as the Penrith Young Woman of the Year at our Annual International Women’s Day event at Penrith RSL.”

In the Badgerys Creek electorate, Tanya Davies MP spoke of the importance of recognising International Women’s Day. 

“We celebrate the achievements and recognise the value of all women,” Mrs Davies said.

“I congratulate the exemplary service of Badgerys Creek Local Woman of the Year, Leisa McGivern OAM, to over 60 foster children over the past 24 years.”

Penrith Local Woman of the Year 2024 Julia Parashko with Karen McKeown MP OAM.

Deputy Premier, Londonderry MP Prue Car announced that Sharon Le Ban had received the Woman of the Year for the Londonderry electorate. 

“Sharon’s leadership at Claremont Meadows Public School has been nothing short of remarkable,” Ms Car said. 

“Her efforts took the school to new heights, transforming into a thriving hub that has become integral to the communities of Caddens and Claremont Meadows.

Londonderry MP Prue Car with Sharon Le Ban, the Woman of the Year for Londonderry.

“Under her guidance, the school’s support unit has also developed a strong reputation with local families. 

“Congratulations Sharon, I cannot commend you enough for all you do.”

Nepean News would like to congratulate all of our our local leading ladies. Well done!