Below are the amazing winners from our annual International Women’s Day and Western Sydney Women 2018 Awards. What a spectacular night!  Congrats to all our fantastic nominees and very worthy winners, and a huge thank you to our major sponsors KPMG and Club Marconi.

OUTSTANDING SOUTH WEST WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Catherine Cannuli

Catherine has many hats!  She is Director of Washrunners (mobile app Laundry and Dry-Cleaning), Womens Technical Director Southern Districts Football Association and SD Raiders Football Club, Western Sydney Wanderers Assistant Coach and Club Ambassador, SD Raiders u14s and U17s Head Coach and she sits on the WNPL Standing Committee.

OUTSTANDING GREATER WEST WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Larissa Paegle

With over 15 years’ experience working in sports marketing and fan experience, Larissa is responsible for the club’s consumer revenue streams, including the development of strategies to provide exceptional experience for Eels members and fans, retaining and acquiring new members and generating new revenue. Larissa has held senior consumer business and marketing management roles across some of the biggest sporting brands in the country. She is passionate about female participation and recognition in sport, and has been actively involved in championing female engagement through the L[email protected] at the Sydney Swans, Eagles Angels at the Sea Eagles and the establishment of Parramatta Eels Ladies Coterie. Larissa and her family live in Sydney’s North West.

OUTSTANDING NORTH WEST WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Linda Gunek

Linda has been operating businesses in the Hills district for more than 21 years and launched Sydney Hills & Hawkesbury Living magazine in March 2015. Linda supports her community as a director of She Connective. She loves living life in the West!

OUTSTANDING INNER WEST WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Nicole Kastner

Founder of Ashbury Service Centre Nicole has transformed the stereotype of a local mechanic in the Inner West. Ensuring that every customer, (especially females) are welcomed into her workspace to ask questions, including a Ladies Car Care Course, the only one of it’s kind in Western Sydney. It is a course designed by a woman, for women. Attendees gain confidence learning how to maintain their own vehicle.  Nicole spends her spare time raising a family and donating thousands of dollars to local schools, day cares and community groups.

OUTSTANDING  WESTERN SYDNEY COMMUNITY WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Maria Silvestri

Maria is the owner of the Multi-Award winning business started in 2009 called “Heavenly Curves”, who have a bricks and mortar Specialist Bra, Swimwear & Breast Form Fitting store in Wetherill Park and also an online store. Maria is also an Accredited Breast Form Fitting for those ladies that have had breast cancer surgery, lumpectomy or mastectomy, needing Post Surgical, Compression Belts, Lymphoedema Bras or Breast Prosthesis or partial forms, a specialist fitter for those that have had breast augmentation, or for those that are uneven or have lost a lot of weight.

OUTSTANDING WESTERN SYDNEY YOUNG WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Natalie Wadwell

Natalie is a writer and creative instigator with a passion for Western Sydney. Co-Founder of State of the Arts Media, a digital publication focusing on Arts in Western Sydney. She also works in the in-between spaces, creating opportunities at the intersections of community, business and social change including the crowdfunding platform Start Some Good.

OUTSTANDING WESTERN SYDNEY BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Holly Kershaw

Holly is passionate about science, education and impact through great storytelling. She is the Education Director of Fizzics Education and Co-Curator of TEDxParramatta. Holly is bringing STEM to the hearts and minds of young girls across Western Sydney.

OUTSTANDING WESTERN SYDNEY EXECUTIVE WOMAN AWARD 2018

Winner: Gina Field 

Gina is the Managing Director of Nepean Regional Security, a business she started from scratch 20 years ago from the bedroom of a home to now employing over 50 Full-time staff and 16 cars. The business is in Penrith and currently provides manpower security services across in South West & Western Sydney areas. Gina has won over 25 industry awards. She is extremely involved in community projects and is advocator of small business and was the face of the “Small business too big to ignore” campaign.

Western Sydney Women
Western Sydney Women is the first and only organisation to advocate for women from all walks of life whom come from the Inner West, Greater West, North West and South West of Sydney.

We raise awareness and promote conversation; we supply the tools, membership, support and information on a range of issues that impact women in order to facilitate positive change and economic independence. With regular surveys, inspirational events and campaigns, we are determined to ensure all women have the opportunity for personal success and empowerment.