West Moonah mum’s hard work recognised

LOCAL West Moonah mother Denisa Woolley has been recognised for her hard work and dedication to not only her own children, but the numerous children she has cared for as a foster parent.

Ms Woolley was recently listed as a Tasmanian finalist in the Barnardos Mother of the Year Awards during a small ceremony that was held to honour Tasmania’s three finalists in the Premier’s Reception Room.

The awards recognise inspirational women in the community and acknowledge the contribution that mothers make in shaping Australia’s future.

Ms Woolley was nominated for the Tasmanian accolade by her stepdaughter Chantelle.

“I nominated my stepmum, as not only has she been committed to raising her own children but she has provided foster care for children in need of a home,” Chantelle said during the ceremony.

“She is always busy looking after the needs of her both biological and foster children so it is great to be able to nominate her for the award and have her hard work recognised.”

Member for Elwick Adriana Taylor, who attended the Tasmanian award ceremony, said as a mother she knew firsthand the enormous self-sacrifice that many women made for their families.

“These awards acknowledge just some of the many mothers out there who go above and beyond for their families,” she said.

Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer also attended the event and said all three finalists were incredibly inspirational women.

“I was deeply moved by the stories of each of the three women and wish to congratulate them all for providing outstanding role models, not only for their own families, but for the whole community,” she said.

“I am so pleased that the Premier’s Discretionary Fund was able to provide $5,125 to Barnardos Australia to help fund the 2016 award and event.”

Amanda Richter, from Huonville, was announced as the Tasmanian Barnardos Mother of the Year for 2016.

Barnardos Australia is a non-government, non-denominational charity that has been at the forefront of child protection for more than 130 years.

Caption: Back row, from left, Jason Woolley, Adriana Taylor MLC, Denisa Woolley, Jamie Woolley, Leo Mundy, Renae Woolley, Judy Munday and Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer. Front row, from left, Sharni Woolley, Mahalia Walters and Chantelle Woolley.

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