Dianne Weatherall has been recognised at this year’s NSW Women of the Year Awards breakfast ceremony at the ICC Sydney, on the eve of International Women’s Day.

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said he attended the event with Mrs Weatherall to celebrate her achievements and the inspiring efforts of other trailblazing women across NSW.

“It was a truly inspiring event where women, like Mrs Weatherall were deservedly recognised for the profound and positive impact they have had on their communities,” Mr Evans said.

“The Heathcote community is a better place because of Mrs Weatherall and I was proud to see her represent us in Sydney at the statewide awards ceremony.”

Mrs Weatherall was chosen as Heathcote 2019 Local Woman of the Year for her extensive contribution to the community for 46 years including her active role as the President of the Sutherland Shire Lioness Club. She has been the President 6 times and in the last 20 years they have raised funds over $1,000,000 for recipients and organisations such as disabled individuals, disability groups, cystic fibrosis suffers, Amelie House Women’s Refuge, Sutherland Hospital birthing unit (humidicrib), Youth off the Street, Margaret House and Bear Cottage.

“I am honored to receive this award, it was an extremely inspiring morning hearing from likeminded people serving their community and I thank Mr Evans for attending the breakfast with my husband and myself”, said Mrs Weatherall.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies said there were an unprecedented number of nominations from across NSW for the 2019 statewide awards program and more than 9,000 public votes received.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government are working hard to progress gender equity for women across the State and we are so pleased the momentum of the Awards has grown year on year,” Mrs Davies said.

“The Awards are an important opportunity to acknowledge women who are using their skills and passion to positively shape our society and inspire future generations and I would like to thank all of the nominees, finalists and winners for their contribution”

The NSW Women of the Year awards are part of dozens events being funded by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government for the inaugural NSW Women’s Week (March 3 to March 8). For event photos and a full list of statewide award winners please visit women.nsw.gov.au.