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Annette Rockliff (Chair) - North West
I believe, having lived my whole life on the North-West Coast, my life experiences, my work roles, my community commitments and most recently my role as Alderman on Devonport City Council, give me insight into a wide range of issues facing women in regional Tasmania.
I have served as Treasurer of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Local Government Women's Association for the past five years. As part of my Alderman role, I have served on several committees which focus on the needs of women and families including Chairing the Building Families Committee, membership of the Maritime Museum Working Group, Arboretum Management Committee and several other committees, all of which work to understand the needs and improve the facilities and services in the city. In the past I have served on various community organisations which eventually led me to standing for Local Government.
My current working role (eight years) is Office Manager of a not for profit organisation which offers counselling, specialising in suicide prevention training, suicide intervention counselling and post-vention support, so I have a very realistic view of the challenges facing women in our regional community.
Amanda Quealy (Deputy Chair) - South
As President of the Tasmanian Private Hospital Association, I represent Tasmania on the National Council. I am Chair of the Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Tribunal, Member of the Ministers Health Services Establishment Advisory Committee Council and Vice President of the Australian College of Health Service Managers (Tas Branch).
In 2010, I won the Telstra Business Women's Award and in 2013 was named in the 'Top 100 Women of Influence' by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac. I am currently completing my Master's in Business and Corporate Governance.
Christine Hepburn (Independent Expert Member) - North
As a trainer, speaker, consultant, mentor, author and an online TV/radio show host, I see and hear of the challenges met, opportunities for, and achievements of, many wonderful women.
It is a belief of mine that we can all achieve outstanding success, in whatever form that means to us, both personally and professionally. Being a part of the Tasmanian Women's Council is something I see as an honour and I look forward to being an advocate for effective support, recognition and outcomes for our region.
Alywn Friedersdorff - North West
I am proud to become a member of the Tasmanian Women’s Council knowing that I have much to contribute having been an educator, a local government elected member, a mentor, and an advocate for rural and remote women.
Dr Nicola Goc - South
I see compassion as the greatest driver of change and I have a fundamental belief that the media has a social responsibility to fairly, effectively and compassionately inform society on all issues of inequality and injustice. I am also an advocate for the ethical use of social media as a tool of citizen empowerment in the global digital age.
My research is focused on media history, ethics and representation, particularly female representation. I was a 2014 Fellow at the National Sound and Film Archive researching post-war migrant media. My current research project received a 2015 Tasmanian Community Fund Grant to research Tasmanian migrant women and their use of family photography as social media in the pre-digital era.
I have a passion for telling women’s stories, particularly stories about disadvantaged and marginalized women, and have written several social history books as well as academic texts. I am founding President of Convict Women’s Press Inc., a not-for-profit publishing company dedicated to publishing histories of convict women.
It is indeed a great honour to be given the opportunity to contribute to addressing the issues facing women and girls in Tasmania today, in particular those pressing issues outlined in the Tasmanian Women's Plan 2013-18.
Heidi La Paglia - South
In recent years, I have pursued this interest in my university studies. I am currently completing an Arts degree majoring in Gender Studies and Sociology. I am proud of my achievements and love taking the opportunity to chat about feminism and social issues. In addition to this, I've had a lot of involvement with social justice organisations and feminist movements. I am currently on the State team of VGen Tasmania, working on empowering youth to take action on Global Poverty.
I also write articles for online magazines about social issues and I am the Women's Officer for the Tasmanian University Union. Through this role I have a lot of contact with other female students as well as organisations such as the Women's Shelter and Women's Health Centre.
I am looking forward to contributing to the Tasmanian Women's Council.
Dr Suzanne Martin - North
I am a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and the Australian Rural Leadership Program and have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Australian Rural Leadership through James Cook University. I have held roles on the executive committees of the Australian Veterinary Association (Tasmanian Division) and Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and am a current member of the Legal Profession Disciplinary Tribunal.
Having worked all my professional life in rural and remote Australia I have a practical understanding of the vital role communication, medical and educational services are to the survival of these communities and the industries they support and the challenges (and rewards) of living, working and raising children in rural areas.
I am excited to have the opportunity to make a contribution towards addressing some of the issues of relevance to women in Tasmania and have a particular interest in the areas of education, literacy, community development and resilience, environmental issues and youth mentoring and support.
Julie Marsaban - South
I worked in aid projects in the aftermath of the Aceh "Boxing Day 2004" tsunami with Soroptimist International of Jakarta and also with an AusAID tsunami recovery project (2005-2006) ensuring that women are included in the reconstruction planning. Before moving to Tasmania in 2010 I was the Communications Advisor the to Indonesian President's Special Envoy on the MDGs.
Over 35 years I have worked throughout the Indonesian archipelago mainly in health education and advocating for women's and girls' right to education and reproductive rights.
I am now President of Soroptimist International of Hobart and the Honorary Secretary of The International Wall of Friendship and The Tasmanian Indonesian Business Council.
Holly Mason - White
It was always my hope, however, to return to Tasmania, as I believe that our state offers unique opportunities and a high quality of life.
I currently work within policy at the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS), turning my mind to a large variety of gender-based issues including legal reform, policy formulation, social change and advocacy. I also work as a consultant for the peak national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family services organisation, focusing on family support and early childhood education. I am currently completing a Masters in community development and anthropology, specialising in gender studies.
Through my work for the not-for-profit sector I have gained experience across a range of social policy sectors. I am passionate about utilising my skills and experience to give a voice to vulnerable and marginalised groups within our society.
Alison Overeem (nee Smith) - South
I am currently community development officer at Leprena, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC Tasmania). I believe we can walk together as
Kate Beer - North West
I love community development work, advocating and facilitating the opportunity for people to work together to deliver change in their local area. I enjoy participating in statewide forums and am currently President of Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania and a representative on the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association. I am also a member of Soroptimist International Devonport participating in advocacy, fundraising and awareness of female rights in line with Soroptimist’s ethos of aspiring to realise potential. I am excited to be a part of a group of women working towards equality and participation for all women.
|Leonie Stewart - North West|
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All correspondence to the Chair to be addressed to:
Tasmanian Women’s Council
GPO Box 123
HOBART TAS 7001