The award was presented by Anne Gleeson, a member of the International Women’s Day Honour Roll Committee. The theme of the 2012 International Women’s Day was ‘Connecting Girls - Inspiring Futures’.
Sue lives in Spargo Creek and was captain of Leonards Hill brigade for five years. She’s currently Second Lieutenant in a training officer’s position. Sue shares her time as a volunteer among several other organisations including the SES.
Ann Gleeson said that Sue has shown outstanding initiative as a woman in her community by taking on leadership roles in the once male dominated organisations of CFA and SES.
“Sue has been a powerful and successful role model for local women to follow. She has assisted in opening up service in these organisations to other women, helping to break down the stereotypical perceptions among men and women of what a woman’s role as a volunteer in a rural shire should be,” Anne said.
“Connecting Girls - Inspiring Futures is at the heart of Sue’s beliefs for young people; encouraging them to not hold back on their dreams.”
Sue began voluntary work a teenager with the Spastic Society of Victoria (now Scope Victoria), and through the years has also been a first aider for the local footy club, a committee member of the Korweinguboora Recreation Reserve, and a foster mother.
The people of Hepburn Shire salute her achievement and thank her for being a person who, humbly but truly, lives the theme of International Women’s Day.
About International Women’s Day
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. It has been observed since the early 1900s, celebrating and empowering women the world over. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
A global community of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the planet ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities, networking events and live performances through to local markets, informal get-togethers, fashion parades and more.