Annabelle Daniel – Hornsby’s 2015 Woman of the Year

For her work establishing Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter

Hornsby’s 2015 Local Woman of the Year has been confirmed with Womens Community Shelters’ CEO Annabelle Daniel taking out the award.

Ms Daniel has overseen the establishment of the Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter which we first discussed last July and was opened in December last year.

The Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter mandate is to provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence.

In late 2013, Ms Daniel along with Women’s Shelter Chairman and co-ordinator, John Lockyer, helped find a suitable location and work with local residents to fundraise over $100,000 to open a 10 bed facility in just over 12 months.

The achievement has earned plenty of respect and admiration from local residents who were keen to help establish a much needed facility for women living in the Hornsby Shire and along the North Shore.

Hornsby MP Matt Kean presented Ms Daniel with the award saying she was a very worthy recipient for her countless hours of dedication to help some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

“Annabelle was the first person to come to my office and raise her vision to create a Women’s Shelter in Hornsby,” Mr Kean said.

It was an ambitious plan, but Annabelle is a very successful and ambitious woman.

“It was an ambitious plan, but Annabelle is a very successful and ambitious woman. With the community’s support she was able to make this vision a reality.”

Dick and Dot Babb receive a community service award.
Dick and Dot Babb receive a community service award.

Mr Kean also presented a Community Service Award to both Dick and Dot Babb for their vital work on the Hornsby Women’s Shelter Steering Committee.

“This award is due recognition to Dick and Dot Babb who are always the first to help in our local community and are heavily involved with a number of charities,” Mr Kean said.

Mrs Babb was also recognised for her leading role as deputy co-chair of the Reconciliation Network for Northern Sydney region and her efforts for helping refugees settle in the area.

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