Women of the West Award Winners

Congratulations Again to our 2019 Women of the West

Each year, Western Sydney University publicly celebrates the outstanding leadersip and diversity of women who live and work in Greater Western Sydney.

Our Women of the West Awards honour these women and formally recognise their contributions to the development of the region.

If you have any questions, please email WomenOfTheWest@westernsydney.edu.au.

Woman of the West (Business)

Azita Abdollahian  (Winner)

Azita is Director of Bebe’s Hair and Beauty; an Iranian refugee and self-made business woman who actively works to address homelessness and domestic violence.  Azita holds senior leadership positions in three community organisations, and was a recipient of the 2018 Mayoral Commendation as The Hills' Citizen of the Year.

Woman of the West (Community)

Padmini Howpage  (Winner)

Dr Padmini Howpage is the Director of Psychiatry Services at Mind Connections and the Founder of the Positive Vibes Foundation.  She has a special interest in community-based prevention programs.  Her work is focussed on addressing the stigma attached to mental illness.
Jodie Amor  (Winner)

Jodie is the founder of PinkFinss Charity, set up to educate and provide tailored assistance to women and families dealing with cancer in the Hawkesbury.  Through PinkFinss, Jodie has raised over $1.2 million in support for her community.  She was the Hawkesbury Australia Day Local Volunteer of the Year in 2018.

Young Woman of the West

Matilda Harry (Winner)

Matilda is a current Western Sydney University student and a recipient of the Vice-Chancellors leadership scholarship. She an Aboriginal woman from the Hawkesbury region, an Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) mentor, an ambassador/member of the Ngarra National Park Aboriginality Program, and a volunteer for Anglicare Australia and Riding for the Disabled Australia. Matilda has also been a mentor and volunteer in a wide range of other capacities, including Western Sydney University’s Reading Ambassador and Pathways to Dreaming Programs.
Naomi Kroll (Highly Commended)

Naomi is a current Western Sydney University student and founder of the Plastic Lid Project, an art initiative which engaged over 4,000 community members to recover over 20,000 plastic bottle tops from waterways.  Naomi was also co-founder of the Sock Syndicate, a social enterprise which donated a pair of socks for each pair sold to people experiencing homelessness and made a difference to over 540 community members in Western Sydney.