Written on the 8 March 2018 by Kevin Conolly


Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly MP today announced that Rissa McInnes of Glenwood is the Riverstone electorate Local Woman of the Year for 2018.

The Local Woman of the Year Awards are designed to recognise inspiring female role models and to profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and women who make significant contributions to their community.

"I congratulate Rissa on her outstanding achievement and thank her for her exceptional example as an energetic and motivated volunteer in our community," said Mr Conolly.

Rissa McInnes is an inspiring volunteer in her local community. Rissa has worked tirelessly to grow the Lions Club presence in the local area. She has held various positions on various non-profit organisation boards such as a director of the PCC (Philippine Community Council), 1st Vice President of Blacktown City Lions Club, was instrumental in the creation of Blacktown Ponds Lions Club Inc., where she currently serves as Membership Chairman, and is a Director of Aguman Kapampangan Australia Inc.

Rissa has organised a 'Family Fund Day' in the local community which raised about $20,000 in donations that went to Caritas for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She helped raise another $20,000 through the Lions Club which was used to help restore 3 schools in the same affected area, and she has assisted in other charitable programs intended to help malnourished children in the poorer parts of the Philippines also. 

As a Lion, she continues to help raise funds for local schools, hospitals and Lions foundations such as Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation, Hearing Dogs, Children's Cancer Research and donating toys to the sick and under privileged children of the Blacktown Local Government area.

"I am very proud to nominate Rissa McInnes as the Riverstone 2018 Local Woman of the Year and it is truly a privilege to be able to acknowledge the great work she has done and is continuing to do in our community" said Kevin Conolly.

Rissa McInnes and other local Woman of the Year award winners from across the state will be invited to join the Minister for Women, Tanya Davies at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year award ceremony to be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on the morning of Thursday, 8 March 2018.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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