Tuesday March 19, 2013
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies said she was delighted that Antoinette Abdelseed of Claremont Meadows was named the 2013 Local Woman of the Year for the Mulgoa electorate.
The award was presented to Ms Abdelseed earlier this month at a special reception in Parliament House with Premier, Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Women, Pru Goward.
Mrs Davies said that Antoinette, who is the current manager of Angels of Mercy in Claremont Meadows, has had a lifelong career in the community service industry.
“Antoinette has given 28 years of her life to community work, she has been involved in home and community care programs, health programs, aged and disability programs and welfare training programs and settlement programs “ Mrs Davies said.
“Antoinette now works as the manager of Angels of Mercy, an African migrant and refugee settlement assistance program that has changed the lives of hundreds of migrants and refugees in western Sydney”
“Her contagious positive attitude and her care for others are admirable and the reason I nominated her for the award” Mrs Davies said.
Ms Abdelseed said that she was honoured to receive the award.
“Through this award, I became increasingly convinced that the ultimate path to human happiness and satisfaction in life is when we step in to help others and address needs in love and a caring attitude.” Ms Abdelseed said.
Mr O’Farrell said he was delighted to be able to celebrate and acknowledge the extraordinary achievements and contributions that women make to the NSW community through the 2012 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
“All the winners are exceptional women who are doing incredible work. Not only do they have outstanding achievements in their chosen field, they have also made extraordinary contributions to the lives of many others in the community.”
Ms Goward said that the NSW Government is committed to recognising the work and dedication of women around our state, ensuring they are well supported to continue their work even further.
“These awards are just one of the many ways the NSW Government is supporting women and working to increase the opportunities available to them,” Ms Goward said.