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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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Dimitria Papavasiliou

I have worked in community development and humanitarian projects for around 9 years.

From 2009-2012 I had worked in partnership with public housing residents in various positions, including community development and sector capacity building roles in Australia. Since finishing my Masters in International Relations/Public Policy I have succeeded to work in international aid, specifically on refugee and internally displaced humanitarian response in the Middle East, including Jordan and Iraq.

Now based back in Sydney, Australia I have joined a vibrant team of professionals within an Australian international aid organisation who are supporting projects across Asia and Africa, including gender specific programming.
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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.
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