2022 Recipients

Inspiring South Australian Women 2022 Recipient

Liz Habermann

Embarking on a campaign to change the law on voluntary assisted dying requires determination, courage and commitment.

Already an outstanding citizen in her local community where she has contributed unselfishly for more than a decade to the advancement of her district and its environs, Liz is also widely acknowledged for her efforts in bringing about the introduction of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021, following the death of her 19-year-old son Rhys from terminal bone cancer.

Inspiring South Australian Women 2022 – Emerging Leader Recipient

Bianca Nilsson

Bianca has never allowed adversity to stand between her and success. In the space of a few years Bianca has gone from working graveyard shifts in a northern suburbs potato factory to become a worldwide phenomenon in the music industry.

Following multiple start-ups and a number of setbacks, Bianca has turned her passion for music into a thriving business based in Adelaide, but with global reach. Bianca has retained the essence of what drove her to strive for ever greater triumph over adversity  – her love of people and a deep-seated desire to help wherever she can.

Inspiring South Australian Women 2022 – Commendation

Farida Ayubi

Farida Ayubi, is the founder and joint owner of a spectacularly successful restaurant in Torrensville specializing in Afghani cuisine that has hosted sold-out fundraising dinners in aid of those left behind in Afghanistan.

Tickets and donations from this and subsequent fundraisers have provided emergency relief to hundreds of thousands of displaced Afghans and even to our own homeless people here in Adelaide.

Inspiring South Australian Women 2022 – Commendation

Melanie McHugh

Life in a country town can be challenging for teenagers looking for ways to spend their leisure time, and sometimes it can lead them astray.

Recognising and doing something about the issue in Pt Augusta is Woolworths Store Manager, Melanie McHugh, who is leading the way in engaging local youth in innovative programs aimed at keeping local youngsters out of strife.

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