TWO Kwinana women are finalists in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
City of Kwinana chief executive Joanne Abbiss and former Kwinana councillor Tanya Dupagne, who now works in the Wheatbelt, are among six women shortlisted for the government and academia award category.
Ms Abbiss said she was thrilled to be in the running for the prestigious award.
At one point, she was the only woman to hold the role of a local government chief executive in Perth.
“It’s a real honour to be recognised alongside other great women in business and I’m delighted to be flying the flag for the City of Kwinana,” Ms Abbiss said.
City Mayor Carol Adams praised Ms Abbiss for her achievement and said she was a strong leader.
“Joanne’s academic background and leadership skills speak volumes,” she said.
“She’s an obvious choice for the awards.”
Ms Abbiss was shortlisted alongside Kwinana-born Ms Dupagne who was recognised for her work as manager at Camp Kulin.
Ms Dupagne said the camps were for children who had experienced trauma such as domestic violence or abuse and helped participants to learn leadership, trust, respect and self-confidence.
The winners of the Telstra Business Awards will be announced on October 9.