Coffs Harbour Local Kirsten Howton has been named the 2018 Local Woman of the Year for Coffs Harbour.
Joined by family and friends, the Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser congratulated Ms Howton on her amazing work for the region through various activities.
“Ms Howton is well known for her passionate devotion to the Coffs Coast and for her hard work in making this community an even better place to live,” Mr Fraser said.
“She gives her time and energy to improving the lives of others and is a formidable advocate for the causes close to her heart.”
Ms Howton has, in particular, been a long-standing supporter of Cancer Council NSW and has hosted many successful Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events for cancer research.
She has served on the Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer Committee since inception in 2011.
Last year, Ms Howton danced with her husband Russ Holland in the inaugural Couples Event, winning the Judges Choice Award.
Ms Howton was inspired to fundraise for the NSW Cancer Council after losing her former husband to cancer.
“I am proud to have women like Kirsten Howton living in my community,” Mr Fraser said.
“Thank you for your spirit, drive, compassion and vision.”
Mr Fraser today presented Ms Howton with a NSW Government certificate signed by him, and Minister for Women Tanya Davies.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 8 March, 2018.