Forty new Diamonds of Devonport were honoured at tonight’s celebration held on International Women’s Day in the paranaple convention centre.
Devonport Mayor Annette Rockliff congratulated the worthy recipients, acknowledging that the depth of talent and community spirit this year was impressive for the event’s 11th year.
Cr Rockliff said the calibre of recipients was a clear indication that Devonport has some amazing people that do great things for their community and beyond.
“Congratulations to all the 2022 Diamonds of Devonport, how lucky are we to have such community-orientated people in our great city,” Cr Rockliff.
“Looking at the reasons for why these recipients were nominated was truly inspiring and gives us all a little more faith in humanity.
“We know people don’t help others for the recognition, but it’s so important that they realise how vital they are to the ones that are on the receiving end of their kindness.”
This year’s Diamonds of Devonport Ambassador Carla-Pizzirani Rand shared her 38-year journey in business with the attendees at tonight’s event, highlighting the importance of being passionate, having a thirst for education and the need for mentors as the keys to success.
Ms Pizzirani-Rand said being this year’s ambassador was an honour and provided the opportunity for her to see firsthand the amazing examples of how people give back to the community.
“From supporting a local primary school for 20 years as a volunteer, to being a foster carer and supporting survivors of abuse, the care and dedication these women of all ages have given to our community is encouraging,” Ms Pizzirani-Rand said.
“Diamonds of Devonport is a great way for women to be publicly acknowledged for the work that they do and the support that they give, which can often go unnoticed. This event is the perfect way to show these recipients that we see you and we thank you.”
The 2022 Diamonds of Devonport are:
Young Achiever: Marlii Stubbs, Emily Aherne, Arabella Gillies, Emma Evison, Emma Johnston, Maddison Knowles and Alexandra Weeks.
Business Achiever: Romina Shrestha, Jodi Williams, Annette Saunders, Carolyn Dutton, Gail McLaren, Kylie Buchwald and Karen Dell.
Personal Achievement: Liza Chapman, Julie Robertson, Christine Brinckman, Annette Wood, Margaret Curran, Alisha Bull, Eleni Roope, Karen Mahsein and Hannah Blackburn.
Community Achievement: Kylie Russell, Debbie Mayne, Susanne Martin, Janet Edmunds, Renee de Bruyn, Lyn Aherne, Judy Lee, Sharon Murray, Lynn Archer, Felicity Duff, Lucy Cochrane, Leanne Purton, Karen Allen, Marjorie Ng, Sally Nielsen and Mandy Glann.