15 February 2010

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George provided a morning tea to recognise and congratulate those who have contributed immensely to the benefit of our whole community.

Mr George specifically choses to use the Electorate Woman of the Year Award to commemorate the achievements and leadership of women, in business and volunteers, within his electorate.

The event was held at Goonellabah and recognised the following nominees -

The Electorate Woman of the Year, Betty Saunders is the driving force behind the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary foyer stalls, which raises thousands of dollars to purchase equipment for patients. She is a member of the Alstonville-Wollongbar View Club and for 7 years she has been a delegate and is on the organising committee and also a member of the new Lismore Integrated Cancer Centre Planning & Development Committee.

Mrs Saunders holds fundraising events at her home to raise money for the Smith Family in “Learning for Life” to give underprivileged children a chance at education from primary school through to university if necessary – any achievements such as sport or music is also encouraged.

Mrs Saunders will be invited to attend the Premier’s Reception for International Women’s Day to be held on Monday 8 March 2010 in Sydney.

“There are so many women whose successes and achievements encourage and inspire. I enjoyed the opportunity to join with the communities they represent, their peers, family and friends to celebrate and recognise their huge contribution.

“It was my pleasure to honour these women and their achievements, as they are important means of building the confidence and pride of all women, as well as encouraging other women and girls by publicly presenting mentors and positive role models. Congratulations to all nominees and Betty Saunders,” Thomas George concluded.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.