Electorate's Woman of the Year

GREAT Lakes Mayor Jan McWilliams has been announced as the Local Women of the Year for the electorate of Myall Lakes as part of the 2013 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead said the NSW Women of the Year Awards showcase inspirational stories of commitment, sacrifice and extraordinary achievement.

“These awards are important as there so are many wonderful women making an outstanding contribution to the NSW community,” Mr Bromhead said.

“These include the local heroes and volunteers who deserve to be recognised. Women such as Jan are fantastic role models and I hope by sharing her story it helps to inspire others to realise their potential.

Mayor McWilliams has been a councillor on Great Lakes Council since 1995 and Mayor since September 2008. 

In 2011 she was awarded the Women in Local Government Award in the category of elected representative - rural and regional council and in September 2012 was awarded the Emeritus Mayor Award from the Local Government Association (LGA) for her service as Mayor from 2008-2012. She has also received a Service Recognition Award from the LGA for her 17 years of continuous service in local government as councillor, Deputy Mayor, Mayor and also council's representative on MidCoast Water.

Mayor McWilliams has lived in the Great Lakes area for 27 years, has two daughters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren and has previously worked as an administrator, in the private sector.

"Jan is a well respected, very popular Mayor of this community.  People relate to Jan as she is well grounded and kind hearted with only the very best interests of the community in the forefront of her mind,” Mr Bromhead said.

The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell will officially announce all winners tomorrow at a special reception at Parliament House.

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