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Council of Women Members

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Judy Daunt – Chairwoman

I am a Mum, step Mum, wife, daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, friend, mentor, colleague and a professional educator.

I am a qualified early childhood teacher with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and I am currently completing a Masters of Educational Leadership.

I have worked for the past 35 years in positions associated with the education and care of young children and their families in the early childhood education sector, and in the boarder child and family service sector. My professional roles have focused on identifying, realising and supporting opportunities that extend and enrich the lives of young children plus those who love and care for them. I am passionate about developing strong partnerships and relationships as I believe it is through these connections change can happen.

I have been on NGO Boards and management committees all my life. I have also been employed as Program Manager and Manager in several early childhood education and child and family NGOs, demonstrating I have a very strong commitment to social justice and building social capital within our community. 

I have been a member of the Council of Women for 4 years, 2 as Chairwomen. IWHC provides me with an opportunity to continue governance responsibility and community connection in regard to programs specifically for women and girls. As Chairwomen, a recent highlight was the 2017 strategic planning process for the organisation in which the vision for the IWHC was confirmed; a community in which “women and girls are respected, safe and healthy, and experience full participation and equality in their lives”.   

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Vi Blazevska - Treasurer

Vi has worked in the banking sector in the Illawarra for nearly 18 years. Her strong communication and relationship skills are instrumental to her rise through the ranks of the banking industry over the years and she is one of the most respected Business Banking Managers. Vi is committed to her job and her customers; hardworking, focused, strong attention to detail and goal driven.

Vi brings to the Board expertise, which include her strong analytical skills and theoretical practice ,this includes gathering all required information, completing capacity to service, analysing financial statements, identifying adverse trends, performing sensitivity analysis and recommending appropriate course of actions.

Vi is actively involved in the local business community via her networking associations with Illawarra Business Chamber and also being one of the judges for Illawarra Women In Business annual awards and active supporting member of their networking events. Vi is also involved in numerous charitable activities such as the Leukaemia Foundation, Light the Night, and Angel’s at Work.

In her spare time Vi enjoys spending quality time with family & friends, travelling, reading mushy romance novels and helping stimulate the local retail economy.

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Tanya Sainty – Secretary

Tanya’s background is electrical engineering and project management. She attained her electrical engineering degree at University of Wollongong while working as a trainee for some of Wollongong’s local metal refining and manufacturing plants. She has consolidated that knowledge recently with her project management CAPM accreditation and her Masters of Business Administration.

Tanya has spent a number of years working for women’s causes, from being a Playgroup leader as a young mum, to Regional Coordinator for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Women’s Minister for Wollongong Church of Christ. She is passionate about women’s issues and empowering them to have greater choices in life, especially those who may feel disenfranchised, such as older women, single mothers and LGBTIQA+ women.

Tanya enjoys combining her people management skills, developed through many years working in leadership in not-for-profit organisations, with her engineering and project management skills, where she can make a real difference with her ability to understand trade-off situations and solve complex problems for the best long term strategic solution.

Life Motto: Be the best person you can be and empower those around you to be their best.

Jessica Koot - Vice Chairwoman

I am a Senior Associate Family Law Solicitor based at the Access Law Group Wollongong office.

I assist clients with family law issues including divorce applications, property settlements, defacto relationships and parenting matters. I also prepare estate planning documents including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship documents.

Being a mother myself, I have a keen interest in parenting issues. I am passionate about building relationships with my clients and finding solutions that are in the best interests of the children concerned.

I am also on the panel of approved Legal Aid lawyers for Family Law matters.

I have strong passion for supporting local women and am the Vice Chairperson on the board for the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Emma Rodrigues

Passionate and accomplished health care professional : consumer advocate and change agent with reputable leadership skills and acumen : people and project management, strategic planning and communication expertise developed over 20 years of service across government and non-government sectors.

Christine Donayre

I am a workplace relations specialist, currently working for Woolworths and have a HR background. 

I have worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service as a paralegal, and have worked at a number of unions as an Industrial Officer. 

I have also dabbled in politics, having served 1 term as a local government councillor on Burwood Council. 

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws at UTS and am Vice Chair of Our Bodies Our Choices which is a community group that successfully campaigned for abortion law reform.  I was also on the Board of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the NSW Ethnic Communities Council. I am also a domestic violence survivor and am passionate about women’s rights and social justice issues. 

I am keen to give back to the community and look forward to working with you all.

 

Pavla Stupkova

I came to Australia in 2004 and started from scratch, knowing no-one. I successfully completed a Diploma in Community Services in 2014 and also have a Bachelor Degree in Education from overseas which has been recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework.  

I am a skilled professional with 10 years of working experience with children, young people and families as a family referral worker, early intervention and placement prevention, residential-out-of-home care, foster care and Brighter Futures caseworker and with women and children escaping domestic and family violence and/or homelessness, and have developed strong advocacy skills, casework and am continuously motivated to make real difference and change in the lives of vulnerable children, young people, families and communities.

I am passionate about children’s welfare, wellbeing, trauma informed practice and working with individuals and/or communities from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds and have established a variety of networks ranging from both Federal and State members of Parliaments, Wollongong City Council, government and non-government organisations, schools, welfare services etc. in the Illawarra, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven areas.I have been an active member of the Council of Women since August 2019 and Community Member of the Illawarra/South East NSW Regional Advisory Council Multicultural NSW since February 2016. I am also an active member of the Neighbourhood Forum 7 and  member of the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners since 2015.

Rachel Dyer

Rachel has extensive experience in private enterprise and local government bringing well rounded skills and knowledge of marketing and management. 

This experience includes Business Development, Communications, Leadership Development, Mentoring and Coaching and Community Engagement. Having run her own business and been an independent consultant, Rachel has a keen understanding of small business, contract management, and the challenges, performance, expectations and responsibilities in business.

Rachel’s quest for continuous development is demonstrated by her Master of Business Administration and and technical skills.

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