Community leaders honoured at 2021 Women's Day Awards

A number of dedicated, community-minded women have been honoured at the annual Fleurieu Women's Day Community Awards.

Winners were announced at the International Women's Day Breakfast, hosted by the Victor Harbor VIEW Club and Member for Finniss David Basham at the Victor Harbor Roos Club on Friday, March 5.

The theme of International Women's Day for 2021 is "choose to challenge" and a packed audience of about 100 people enjoyed a number of inspiring speeches.

Former South Australian Senator Amanda Vandstone was the guest speaker and discussed her career and the challenges faced by women in politics, before handing out awards to three worthy recipients.

Local women were recognised for their work in the community and awards were presented in the categories of Young Female Ambassador, Community Volunteer and Inspirational Business Woman.

16-year-old Alexandra Cervantes-Fuller was recognised as the Young Female Ambassador for 2021, for her dedicated work with Riding for the Disabled. As a volunteer, Alexandra is known to be committed and helpful and possesses a caring nature and can-do attitude, as well as a willingness to learn.

Alexandra also works with the Victor Harbor Council in junior development with the Victor Harbor Horse Trams and was awarded Cadet of the Year in 2019 as a member of the Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club.

In the Community Volunteer category, Jenny Fletcher was given top honours for her many decades of service. Ms Fletcher spent 40 years working at the Ross Robertson Aged Care home, 20 of which were voluntary. She also volunteered at the Christian Fellowship Centre for 17 years, at the former Victor Harbor Youth Club for eight years and with the Meals on Wheels kitchen team for seven years.

Ms Fletcher has also been an active volunteer at the Adare Uniting Church, served as a volunteer attendant with St John's Ambulance and has been involved with the Victor Harbor Probus Club for more than 20 years.

Local personality and Boulevard Cafe co-owner Lisa Jamieson was recognised as this year's Inspirational Business Woman.

Not only is she a successful business owner, but a mother of two and an enrolled nurse who regularly works at the South Coast District Hospital and Mill House Medical Centre.

A dedicated community member, Ms Jamieson has raised about $8000 each year over the last five years through regular fundraisers for charities including Beyond Blue, BlazeAid, the Little Heroes Foundation and the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation.

Ms Jamieson is known for being kind at heart and keeps a regular tab on vulnerable members of the community and is respected as a dedicated, hardworking, and determined individual.

Finalists

Young Female Ambassador:

Rainey Towell for her work advocating for several social justice issues including disability rights, the environment, racism, indigenous self-determination and LGBTIQ issues.

Community Volunteer:

Jill Smith for her work as the first female Churchwarden of the historic Saint Augustine's Church in Victor Harbor and her role in the church's pastoral care network.

Carol Philp for her dedication to several groups in the community including the Women's Cancer Support Group, disability services, Café Crozier and the CWA Evening Branch.

Dr Lucinda Remilton is a highly qualified retrieval doctor with the SA Retrieval Service and a part of SAAS Medstar. In addition to her profession, Lucinda volunteers as the Chief Instructor of Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club.

Inspirational Business Woman:

Kirsten Pitman who owns restaurants Nino's and Loco Mexican has been a local businesswoman for more than 20 years. As a board member of Business Victor Harbor, she has worked to propose and develop and exciting re-branding and promotional opportunity for the town.

Libby Tozer has created a social enterprise business that seeks to inspire women to be confident about themselves. Through 'She is Seen', Ms Tozer has continued to raise funds for charities to assist women impacted by poverty and domestic violence.

Janet Kluske opened Cup a Cake Cafe in 2017 and provides catering with a difference. Ms Kluske's cafe attracts customers of all ages, backgrounds and races and she has provided ongoing employment opportunities for the young, old and disadvantaged.