Search for inspirational women

Launching the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards are winner from last year Bertha Jansen, Susan Stanley, Bernice Pembleton and Bridgette Seymour with Fiona Simpson (rear).
Launching the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards are winner from last year Bertha Jansen, Susan Stanley, Bernice Pembleton and Bridgette Seymour with Fiona Simpson (rear). Warren Lynam

SHE never asks for praise, yet she does more than the many who boast about what they've achieved.

You've seen her, but you've probably never noticed her.

When she goes away, you know something important is missing.

The search is on for the women who form the backbone of the Sunshine Coast for the second Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women awards.

And their prize is sometimes the very thing they ask for the least: recognition.

Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson and a host of local companies launched the award in Mooloolaba

"There are so many amazing women who dedicate their time and skills to help and support others and they deserve to be recognised," Ms Simpson said.

Last year's awards attracted more than 100 nominations.

"Volunteers are the back-bone of the many sporting groups, charities and community organisations which help to build a more vibrant and connected community and many of them are women, who often work quietly behind the scenes to make things happen."

Ms Simpson said the award particularly targeted women because they were often the last to want to receive any praise.

"Women don't put their names forward," she said.

"Good women seem to simply think 'I don't deserve this' when their name is put out there.

"But when you look at what they have achieved you can't help but wonder why they haven't received recognition before."

Whites IGA's Roz White, one of the major sponsors, said it was inspiring to acknowledge the amazing work the unsung heroes in our community did.

Women, like 91-year-old Bertha Jansen who won last year's Carer Award, were also at the launch.

Ms Jansen has cared for her severely disabled son for over 35 years. When the time came, she also cared for her husband who had dementia for two years .

The Award winners would be honoured at a Gala Presentation Dinner to be held as part of International Women's Day celebrations on March 3, 2017.

Nominations can be sent to

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