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Business Leader Named Port Stephens Local Woman of the Year

February 20, 2018


Tomaree Business Chamber President Leah Anderson has today been named the 2018 Port Stephens Local Woman of the Year.

Leah Anderson had been nominated for the title by Port Stephens MP Kate Washington, who presented Ms Anderson with the award at a Salamander Bay Rotary Club meeting this morning.

The Local Woman of the Year competition, conducted by Women NSW and sponsored by First State Super, culminates in a gala breakfast on International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March 2018.
Ms Anderson was elected Tomaree Business Chamber President in 2017 and has previously led Nelson Bay Town Management, Port Stephens Women in Business and the Salamander Bay Rotary Club.

Leah remains an active member of the Salamander Bay Rotary Club which raises desperately needed funds for local community groups including Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services, the Yacaaba Centre, the Port Stephens Women’s Cancer Support Group and the Tomaree Breast Cancer Support Group.

A former Westpac branch manager who now runs her own financial advisory business, Ms Anderson has used her time with the Business Chamber to advocate for local retailers and to build ties with local government agencies.

The recipient of the Premier's NSW Woman of the Year and other award categories will be announced on International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March 2018.

Quotes attributable to Kate Washington MP

“I was delighted to present Leah Anderson with the 2018 Port Stephens Local Woman of the Year award. Leah is a successful and accomplished business leader in Port Stephens who has worked over many years to support our community and empower local businesswomen in particular.

“This annual award recognises the important work of women across NSW in a variety of fields, from charities to businesses and community groups. Leah ticks every box.

“Not only is Leah an accomplished business woman, she also gives her time generously to support community initiatives. Through her hard work and compassion for others, Leah’s already made a big difference in our area, and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so.

“The award is well-deserved recognition for the enormous contribution Leah has already made, and of her ongoing commitment to our local community."


This item was distributed as a media release on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

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