Who won the 2016 Inspiring Women's Award?
GLADSTONE might have a smaller percentage of females in the population than the rest of Australia but the ones here make their presence count.
On Friday, at Gladstone Women's Health Centre's Inspiring Women's Awards Breakfast, the tireless work and strength of women in the region was celebrated by more than 200 people.
The centre is in the ideal position to present the award after offering more than 3,000 counselling hours (125 days), 30 workshops and programs and monthly wellbeing clinics last year - just to name a few of its services.
Judy Whicker held the large audience at Yaralla Sports Club and kept them entertained over the clattering of cutlery.
Judy spoke about the finalists and the challenges they faced with clarity leaving the audience fully aware about what they overcame and what they were dealing with.
Like Lyn Sanderson, the owner of ShoeLuxe, who stood in front of the crowd with a big smile on her face even though she had a full mastectomy last Thursday.
Lyn found out two weeks after opening the business she had cancer.
"Even when she has been really sick she has just got on with things, being a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister," Judy said.
"Lyn brings joys to everyone she spends time with."
The Inspiring Woman of the Year award went to Sherradean Stringer who was heralded for work as supervisor at Roseberry Community house and Roseberry Shelter.
"Sherradean arrives everyday to work pumped and motivated. She gets to fight for a young person's rights, the right to have a safe place and a better home, a right to have food in their belly," Judy said.
Delaney Burke, 15, won the Inspiring Young Woman of the Year award for her insatiable appetite for music, speech and drama.
"Delaney is most comfortable on the stage and loves every minute of it," Judy said.
She is a proud Chanel College student and will perform all around the region at any opportunity.