Fleurieu Women's Community Awards presented on International Women's Day 2019 | PHOTOS

Women of all walks of life have been recognised for their achievements through the Fleurieu Women's Community Awards.

The awards are held at an annual breakfast as part of International Women's Day celebrations.

Speeches were made by the Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink and VIEW Club national councillor Marlene Powell.

Amongst the range of this year's nominees, there were five award winners: Ebony Brackstone, Merridy Jagger, Jodi Connor, Karly Cousins, and Ruth Miller.

Ebony Brackstone was given the Young Ambassador Award for her work in various youth representative roles.

These included the Youth Advisory Committee, Strathalbyn Community Youth, theatre group ‘Wet Paint’, Youth Ambassador at Government for the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council, state government's Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, and United Nations Youth forums.

The Sport Award was presented to Merridy Jagger for her dedication to a long list of clubs and committees.

These included Victor Harbor Sailing Club, Victor Harbor R-7 swimming carnival, Victor Harbor Hockey Club, City of Victor Harbor Rec and Sport Committee, Department of Rec and Sport Field Officer, Victor Harbor Triathlon, and Coach for Shell Age Championships and SAPSASA. She also showed commitment to CFS Victor Harbor Operational Support Brigade, Stitch and Chatter Quilting, Rotary Art Show, and schools and orphanages in Kenya.

Jodi Connor, who owns dairy farms at Nangkita and Mount Jagged, was the recipient of the Agriculture Award.

She has worked in the agriculture industry for many years, having been involved with the Fleurieu Dairy Farmers Collective Bargaining Group for 13 years, plus the Compass Cup event.

She is also heavily involved in the Mount Compass community with the Community Centre, Sports and Social Club, Supper Club, and War Memorial, and has accommodated many foreign exchange students.

The Health Award recipient for 2019 was Karly Cousins for her advocacy around mental health and other community issues.

She has been involved with the Youth Mental Health Forum, Fleurieu Community Foundation’s Homelessness Forum, and City of Victor Harbor's White Ribbon Day and helped create the Christmas Community Lunch on Christmas Day for people who had nowhere to go.

The Outstanding Community Project Award was given to Port Elliot's Ruth Miller for her work creating the Dogs Day Out on the Fleurieu.

She has also been a strong advocate for the Port Elliot Dog Park and is helping with the Victor Harbor Dog Park and is involved with sporting clubs including the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club.

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