On International Women’s Day Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is incredibly proud to call Associate Professor Faye McMillan – who received two prestigious award nominations – a resident of the electorate.

Professor McMillan was nominated for both the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year and the Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year award.

She attended the ceremony and breakfast in Sydney this morning along with Ms Cooke, Cootamundra’s Local Woman of the Year, Pam Halliburton, Minister for Women Tanya Davies and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

A proud Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) living in Coolamon, Faye is Director of the Djirruwang Program – Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) at Charles Sturt University.

As well as her Doctor of Health Science, Master of Indigenous Health Studies and Bachelor of Pharmacy, Faye has graduate certificates in Wiradjuri language, culture and heritage and indigenous governance.

Faye is proud mother to Kye and Ethan and she runs a business, Australian Patrol Vehicles Pty Ltd, with her three siblings. On top of holding various roles on medical boards she is also an Atlantic Fellow, which is a global community of leaders collaborating to advance equity, opportunity and human dignity.

“Now is the time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls, like Faye, across NSW,” Ms Cooke said.

“It is also a time to ‘press for progress’, as we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women while also calling for greater equality.

“As a Government, we are committed to supporting women and girls to reach their full potential and to address the social conditions that challenge gender equality,” Ms Cooke said.

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