International Women’s Day Breakfast at Strathfield Council

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Strathfield Council together with members of the local and wider community, will celebrate International Women’s Day with a breakfast on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

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The outlay for this event is $30 per person and while Council is hosting the event free of charge to attendees, we encourage all attendees to keep this in mind and make a donation (to the amount of their choosing) to Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre. WAGEC is an organisation that supports women and families in crisis and advocates for social change in community.

We will be joined by speakers Virginia Judge (Former Australian politician and Mayor of Strathfield (2000 to 2003)) and Nicole Yade (Director of Client Operations at WAGEC | Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre).

You can make your donation by clicking here. All proceeds are donated directly to Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre.

For more information about WAGEC, please visit their website.

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EVENT INFORMATION

When: Tuesday 8 March 2022, 10am – 12pm
Where: Strathfield Town Hall, 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield

Breakfast will be provided.

The outlay for this event is $30 per person and while Council is hosting the event free of charge to attendees, we encourage all attendees to keep this in mind and make a donation (to the amount of their choosing) to Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre. WAGEC is an organisation that supports women and families in crisis and advocates for social change in community.

You can make your donation by clicking here. All proceeds are donated directly to Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre.

For more information about WAGEC, please visit their website.

Nicole has over 20 years’ experience managing, designing, and delivering services for marginalised people in the NGO sector. Much of this work has involved working across cultures with traumatised populations, including extensive work with victim survivors of violence, refugees, and Aboriginal communities.

Nicole is the Director of Client Operations at WAGEC (Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre). Most recently, Nicole has led Lous Place as General Manager helping to raise $5 million in a Capital Campaign to support service transformation. Nicole has established the Group Work Program using dialogical approaches at Lou’s Place. Further she has established an innovative service offering – Always Mum, supporting women who have children in Out Of Home Care to strengthen their relationships with their children and bring them home. Always Mum was recently awarded a Bright Sparks Community Services Award by the Women’s Legal Service NSW.

Nicole has held management roles at Department of Communities and Justice, Relationships Australia, and the Australian Red Cross, and Board roles with DVNSW and Host International.

Nicole holds expertise in change management, strategic planning, and service development. As a victim survivor, Nicole combines lived experience expertise, an intersectional feminist lens and a passion for social change to partner with stakeholders across sectors.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, Certificate in Executive Management and Development, Diploma of Management, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is currently completing her MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Nicole values the strengths, resilience and expertise of all people and communities she works with.

Virginia Judge is a former Australian politician, who was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Strathfield for the Labor Party from 2003 until 2011. Judge taught in primary and secondary schools in both Sydney and Canberra. She also worked as a volunteer abroad for the Overseas Service Bureau in Tonga and as a project officer for small non-government organisation, The Australian Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific, now known as Action on Poverty.

While working in Tonga as an overseas volunteer she was employed as a teacher at Queen Salote College, a very large high school in Nuku’alofa in Tonga. After her work in Tonga, Judge returned to Sydney and resumed her teaching career, including at Evondale Special School for students with intellectual disabilities

Judge was elected to Strathfield Municipal Council in 1995, and was reelected with overwhelming community support, enabling her to serve as Mayor of Strathfield from 2000 to 2003, the first woman from the Australian Labor Party in this role.

On 23 March 2003 Judge was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales as the first woman to represent the NSW seat of Strathfield.

In May 2007, following the re-election of the Labor Government led by Morris Iemma, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Education & Training, Industrial Relations, and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance.

In September 2008, when Nathan Rees became Premier, she was appointed Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts, Minister for Citizenship, and Minister for Fair Trading. Judge also served as Minister for the Arts, the first woman to hold this portfolio in NSW.

In her post political career, Judge has been very active in supporting major cultural institutions in New South Wales, such as the Riverside Theatre Parramatta, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of NSW.

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