Local woman of the year celebrated at State Awards

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Ms Silvia Hardy 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 Oatley Mark Coure MP said he attended the event with Ms Hardy to celebrate her achievements and the inspiring efforts of other trailblazing women across NSW.

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

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

Ms Hardy was chosen as Oatley 2019 Local Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership as the Director of Narwee Preschool Kindergarten for the past 24 years until her retirement in December 2018. During those years, Ms Hardy built the preschool’s reputation as an outstanding childcare centre in the local community.

Ms Hardy thanked Mr Coure for the honour of receiving this award.

“Mark understands the importance of giving a young child a positive experience as they begin their journey as a lifelong learner,” Ms Hardy said.

“He is an enthusiastic supporter of the educators at our preschool community. This support has allowed the Centre to maintain and improve its facilities, which provide quality education for all the children in our care.”

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 of 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.