OPA Community Visitor named Kingston Woman of the Year
A tireless advocate for the vulnerable in the community has been named Kingston’s 2020 Woman of the Year, at a ceremony celebrating International Woman’s Day.
OPA Community Visitor June Rea accepted her award from Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley at the special event on Friday 6 March at Kingston City Hall.
June is the second winner of the prestigious annual award that was launched last year to recognise the outstanding achievements of women making a positive difference in their local community.
Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said choosing a winner among the 18 exceptional women nominated for this year’s award had been incredibly difficult, but June Rea stood out as someone who has worked tirelessly for her community.
“Once again, we have been overwhelmed with the quality of the nominees, said Cr Oxley. “June won because of her tenacious advocacy that has resulted in positive impacts on the lives of so many Kingston residents, in terms of both living conditions and lifestyle.
June Rea said she was extremely honoured and grateful to have received the Woman of the Year Award.
“I am hoping this award increases awareness about the great work the Office of the Public Advocate's Community Visitors program does in safeguarding the human rights of the most vulnerable in our community and encourages others in Kingston to volunteer as well,” said Ms Rea.