MAIN: Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year Luz Press, of Lismore receives a kiss from Member for Lismore Thomas George after being awarded the Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year.
MAIN: Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year Luz Press, of Lismore receives a kiss from Member for Lismore Thomas George after being awarded the Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year. Doug Eaton

Inspirational role models

NORTHERN Rivers women were honoured yesterday, with one from each electoral district given a 2013 Woman of the Year award.

On International Women's Day, Luz Press, a Filipine Australian woman, was awarded the 2013 Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year award.

She received it for her service to the community through her role in the local Filipine community and her work as a Red Cross Telecross volunteer, with the Lismore City Library and the Human Book project, her work with Harmony Day and Fusion Festival activities, and her role as secretary of the International Rainbow Club and others.

Lismore MP Thomas George said Ms Press was a very special, selfless and generous woman who deserved this recognition.

"Women such as Luz are fantastic role models within the community," he said.

The 2013 Ballina Electorate Woman of the Year award was presented to Kerry Johnston from Ballina for her work with people with disabilities.

Ballina MP Don Page congratulated Mrs Johnston on her award, describing her as an inspirational and dedicated worker for the disabled community,

Mrs Johnston founded the Riding for the Disabled Association NSW Ballina and District in 1979 and has been a senior coach and assessor with the association for 33 years.

"The work Kerry has done with the disabled over a long period of time has changed lives," Mr Page said.

The 2013 Clarence Electorate Woman of the Year award was yesterday presented to Melva Thompson by Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis at a morning tea held in Coraki Youth Hall.

Camille Stewart was awarded the Richmond Valley Woman of the Year award at the Casino Chamber of Commerce's inaugural International Women's Day Breakfast.



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