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2020 WAFA Award Winners
WAFA loves to celebrate the achievements of our members and the great organisations that support us. Although the 2020 Conference was cancelled, and we not able to announce the winners at our Gala Dinner it is still important to celebrate their outstanding achievements.
Congratulations to all the winners and those who were recognised and nominated by their peers.
Outstanding Contribution by a Female Firefighter
This award is designed to show the appreciation, dedication and congratulations to a woman working in the Fire and Emergency Services industry who has:
• demonstrated consistent leadership;
• encouraged and supported the development of women;
• been an inspirational role model;
• given selflessly of themselves in support of their community; or
• shown unwavering dedication to our industry.
Winner: Karmell Frost, Fire and Rescue New South Wales
Honourable mentions: Michelle Engelsman, FRNSW; Christine Whitby, QFES; Robin Weckert FRNSW; Shakira Westdorp QFES.
Youth Leadership Award
This award recognises a young woman (16−20 years) who is a volunteer in the fire and emergency services industry who has demonstrated strong and consistent leadership and a commitment to the safety of their community.
Winner: Kiara Muraca, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.
Male Champion Award
Without our male colleagues supporting and encouraging us, our ability to influence the industry would be a lot harder. This award recognises a male champion within our industry who has:
• consistently mentored and coached women;
• created, provided and actively promoted a work environment that supports the inclusion of women; or
• consistently advocated for diversity and inclusion within their organisation or the industry as a whole.
Winner: Wayne Phillips, Fire and Rescue New South Wales.
Honourable Mention: Andrew Short, QFES
Member Organisation‘Diversity, Fairness and Inclusion’ award
WAFA recognises that all organisations are striving to be proactive in the Diversity and Inclusion space. This award recognises an organisation’s effort and dedication to diversity and inclusion through programs and initiatives which have produced tangible results.
Winner: Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.