Gladstone's best women recognised
IT'S the first year that Gladstone has had the opportunity to officially recognise inspirational women in the community.
Gladstone Women's Health Centre manager Natasha Fee is the brains behind the initiative and is proud to be an advocate for women.
Ms Fee said that the awards are aimed at women who have faced adversity in their life and have continued to motivate, support, inspire and advocate for other women within the Gladstone region.
"These 'unsung heroes' represent women who have faced significant setbacks, challenges or obstacles in life and deserve to be recognised for their continued efforts to empower women," she said.
It's been a frantic four months for Ms Fee to organise the event but all the finalists have committed to being present at the event.
"It's hard to believe that it's all come together from a little thought in our conference room," she said.
"When I saw the venue with all the lights on and theme song 'Titanium' playing I had a teary moment because it's come to life."
There will be three categories to be won- Inspiring Young Woman of the Year, Inspiring Woman of the Year and Inspiring Heroic Woman of the Year. Two of the three will be presented on the morning, except for the Heroic award which will be presented at a private ceremony due to the story surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault or cultural sensitivities.
"It's not about winning though, it's about being recognised and letting women know that your good work hasn't gone unnoticed," Ms Fee said.
Ms Fee said that independent judges had come in and made the final decision- one that was difficult as all nominees' stories pulled at the heart strings."
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday morning in the Yaralla Sports Club functions room at 8am with guest speakers Gail Sellers, Glenn Butcher, Liz Cunningham and Honourable Minister Shannon Fentiman.
The breakfast will be a major fundraiser for the centre and Ms Fee is hoping it will be an annual event.