Nominations open for the annual Women of the West Awards


Melissa Radjenovic and Grace Fava, the Young Women of the West and Women of the West for 2015.

Celebrate the many inspirational women in Greater Western Sydney by nominating a friend or colleague for the Western Sydney University annual Women of the West Awards (WoW), which are now open.

The Women of the West and Young Women of the West Awards recognise the significant contributions of women from the Greater Western Sydney region. Winners of each category receive a grant of $5,000 to further develop their leadership and advocacy work in their local community.

Nominations are open until Sunday 13 December 2015, and winners will be publicly announced at the Western Sydney University International Women's Day celebration in March next year.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says the awards are an opportunity for the University to join with members of the private, public and community sectors in recognising the extraordinary achievements and contributions of women in Greater Western Sydney.

"Since the University first established the awards in 2005, they have always received tremendous support from our local communities, and we hope that once again people will consider nominating a woman they know to be doing something truly special for the benefit of the people of Greater Western Sydney," says Professor Glover.

2015 winner, Grace Fava, says receiving the award was a surprise and an honour.

Grace, Founder and President of the Autism Advisory and Support Services, was nominated for her strong advocacy work to help those with Autism.

"The award not only helped lift the profile of our organisation, but also extended our network, allowing us to further our work in assisting individuals with Autism and their families," says Ms Fava.

Nominations are open for both the 2016 Women of the West and Young Women of the West categories. Young Women of the West is for women aged 18-28 years.

To suit the Awards criteria, nominees must live and/or work in Greater Western Sydney; demonstrate leadership in their field of endeavour; and contribute to improving the lives of people in the region.

For a nomination form and more information, visit:


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