PADDY FIRSTENBERG MEMORIAL AWARD 2018
Congratulations CARIS COLLARD of Geraldton
Thank you to those who had an application submitted on their behalf for the Paddy Firstenberg
Memorial Award. There were a number of outstanding applications from Perth, Geraldton and the Pilbara.
The Paddy Firstenberg applications were asked to address the selection criteria of
•demonstrated leadership ability
•service as a role model or mentor
•commitment to the empowerment of women
•how the business industry or community has benefited from the nominee's contribution
A small NCWWA selection committee met recently and awarded the 2018 Paddy Firstenberg
Memorial Award to Caris Collard, a young aboriginal woman from Geraldton. Caris has
initiated and manages a program for local indigenous girls in Geraldton and is committed to
empowering young women and is very active in the local community in Geraldton and in the
Caris is a vocal member of a large number of associations in the Midwest of Western Australia
and is committed to the advancement of other women.
Caris will be invited to receive her award at the NCWWA AGM or at the earliest opportunity after
NCWWA STEM BURSARY 2018
The Hon Simone McGurk MLA, the Western Australian Minister for Women, hosted a Morning Tea at Parliament House for members of the NCWWA Executive and Life Members at Parliament House recently. The Morning Tea included the presentation to the NCWWA 2018 STEM Bursary winner and runner-up.
Congratulations to Laura Harris, a first year Bachelor of Engineering student studying Mechatronics at Curtin University who is the NCWWA 2018 STEM Bursary winner.
(Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical
engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems
engineering and control engineering…..Robots)
Congratulations also to Dana McMullen who is currently studying Mechanical Engineering
(Honours) at Curtin University who is the NCWWA 2018 STEM Bursary Runner-Up.
Thank you to Cassie Rowe MLA Member for Belmont who stepped in to represent the
Minister at the last minute and made the presentations.