Women of the West Award Winners
Congratulations, to our 2022 Women of the West Award Winners
Each year, Western Sydney University publicly celebrates the outstanding leadership 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.
Three Winners and a Highly Commended were recognised for their community work on Friday 29th April at a Women in Business Forum event.
For more information regarding all Women of the West Nominees for 2022 please view handbook.
If you have any questions, please email Engagement@westernsydney.edu.au.
Woman of the West (Business)
Vyvienne Abla (Winner)
Vyyienne continues to gradually build a worldwide infrastructure and platform for HipHop in Australia as a member of several committees, which has led to her being honoured at multiple award ceremonies.
Woman of the West (Community)
Rachel Haywood (Winner)
Rachel believes that we all need to have one thing that we do in life that is selfless, one thing that takes empathy, sympathy and understanding to the next level, volunteer, donate, be involved with the community, help another, and be the change
Sharon Robertson (Highly Commended Winner)
Sharon also co-founded the Macarthur Storm Chasers in 2015 with a small team to inform locals on current storms during the high-risk weather seasons, which helped serve the community during recent bush fires and floods.
During Covid, Sharon went above and beyond to support her community during the multiple lockdowns in NSW. She supplied 50 meals a week to locals who had no way of feeding themselves. Sharon even went as far as providing meals paid out of her pocket.
Young Woman of the West
Surma Subedi (Winner)
After graduating from Western Sydney University (WSU) with a Bachelor of Nursing degree, Surma has worked in different capacities across multiple settings at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD).
Surma is a proud member and a leader of the Nepali community in the western Sydney region and has volunteered in multiple community-based projects via her affiliation with the Nepalese Community of Western Sydney (nCOWS) and Penrith Gorillas Soccer Club