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Congratulations to Paula Westhead, joint winner of the 2022 Kingston Woman of the Year Award
April 22, 2022
Paula Westhead, Executive Officer of Emerge, has been named as joint winner of the Kingston Woman of the Year Award for 2022. Her co-winner is Bronwyn Currie.
Paula has over 25 years’ experience in the child and family services sector. She is a dedicated supporter for women and children and is constantly seeking innovative ways to assist family violence survivors and strengthen the family violence sector through her work as part of the Safe and Equal Implementation Champions Group and Specialist Family Violence Services Leadership Group.
Paula is current chair of the Bayside Peninsula Integrated Family Violence Partnership, and a member of the Kingston Council Family Violence Working Group.
Bronwyn is the Director of the National Board and Convenor of the Animal Justice Party in Victoria, and has been a passionate advocate for animal protection and social justice for many years.
She is also President of the Chelsea Heights Community Centre, a Kingston Residents Association committee member and a mentor for Kingston’s Young Women’s Mentoring Program, and a founding member and organiser of the Melbourne Women’s March4Justice.
The Kingston Woman of the Year Award is now in its fourth year, and provide the community with a chance to celebrate the remarkable contribution of women across all walks of our society, commit to the theme of ‘Break the Bias’ and in turn ensure action is taken to level the playing field, creating a world where difference is valued and celebrated.
The women accepted the coveted award from the Deputy Mayor and member of the State Government’s Gender Equality Advisory Committee in Local Government, Cr Jenna Davey-Burns.