Members will provide advice, advocate and raise awareness of issues that affect women on the Central Coast and promote local networks, activities and events that celebrate women in our community.
The Advisory Group meetings will be held bi-monthly and alternated between Gosford and Wyong Council offices.
Mayor Lisa Matthews will chair the Central Coast Status of Women Advisory Group and will be joined by fellow Clr Chris Holstein, Clr Jillian Hogan, Clr Jilly Pilon, Clr Kyle MacGregor, Clr Doug Vincent and Julie Vaughan as well as members of the community, including:
Danielle Habib, Chittaway Point
Danielle teaches at TAFE NSW and has worked in the Domestic Violence and Community Development sector for a number of years. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers as well as women and families in Africa, including Egypt and South Sudan. Danielle is the Chair of the Central Coast White Ribbon Committee and an advisor on the Multicultural Regional Advisory Committee for the Ethnic Affairs Council.
Margot Castles, Shelly Beach
Margot has worked and volunteered with a number of community organisations across the Central Coast over many years. Through her work and personal experience, she has seen first-hand the resilience and challenges experienced by women of all ages and backgrounds and is committed to working alongside the women of the Central Coast to ensure their life opportunities are maximised.
Monique Tovo, Booker Bay
Monique has worked in project management and design across state government health agencies for a number of years, specialising in patient experience and outcomes, and electronic based solutions. In these roles, Monique also advocates for greater awareness of the challenges women and the LGBTI+ community face. Previous to this, Monique worked in childcare management, and now volunteers across a number of non-profit organisations that support children and their families.
Sally Jope, Umina Beach
Now retired, Sally worked in the community and not for profit sector her entire working life with expertise in public policy and applied social research, community engagement, networking and government relations. Formerly a director of the Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre she is still Chair of the International Women’s Day Combined Committee. She teaches Primary Ethics at her grandchildren’s school, has joined the Catering Unit of Gosford RFS and is politically active. Sally has a strong interest in the global environment and in eliminating violence against women, in women's economic security and affordable housing.
Sharon Walsh, Saratoga
Sharon lectures in Human Services and Community Welfare at the University of Newcastle and her teaching reflects her earlier profession in child protection, family welfare, domestic violence and working with young people. She is passionate about working with women and has a Masters in Women’s Studies and currently studying her PhD with a focus on gender and child protection work.
Sharryn Brownlee, Woongarrah
Sharryn is the Director of her family business, had twelve years as a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, as well as involved in a number of child and family focussed community organisations on the Central Coast. Previously she was also on numerous committees at state and federal level. She currently is the President of the Central Coast Council of P&Cs where she works with parents, communities and their schools. Sharryn is also the President of Coast Community Connections Ltd and is dedicated to ensuring equal opportunities for all members of our community.
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