House debates

Monday, 18 March 2024

Statements by Members

Swan Electorate: International Women's Day Awards

6:10 pm

Photo of Zaneta MascarenhasZaneta Mascarenhas (Swan, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

'Count Her In' was the theme of International Women's Day, and we certainly did that in Swan. There was an electric buzz in the room at Mineral Resources Park, the home of the mighty West Coast Eagles, on 8 March. This was because I cohosted the Swan International Women's Day awards and breakfast with Jacaranda Community Centre. The breakfast brought together over 230 local women and allies from all across the electorate. It was incredible. It was an inspiring morning, and we held this because we wanted to celebrate the amazing achievements of women in Swan.

Congratulations to Swan Woman of the Year, Maryann Tsai from Como; Swan Young Woman of the Year, Chloe Perez from High Wycombe; Swan Scientist of the Year, Dr Parwinder Kaur from Queens Park; Swan Senior Woman of the Year, Joan Sutherland from Redcliffe; and the Swan Sportswoman of the Year, Michele Burton from Kensington. The Swan Social Cohesion Award went to Sobia Shah from Victoria Park. It took a village to make the day a reality, and thanks to each and every person, in particular Hall and Prior, who made the event more of a fundraiser for Jacaranda; Alicia Curtis from 100 Women; Professor Colleen Hayward; the Chordial Tones community choir; Freda Ogilvie, for her welcome to country; and also the selection panel and presenters.