March 10, 2023
Financial Counselling Australia is absolutely delighted that our hugely admired colleague, Lynda Edwards, has been named 2023 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year.
Lynda took out the prestigious award after having won her category, NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award, at a ceremony in Sydney this week.
The award recognises Lynda’s work over the past 40 years as a tireless voice for First Nations people and a passionate and effective advocate for financial rights, inclusion, fairness and resilience of First Nations people – not only in NSW, but Australia-wide.
FCA chief executive officer Fiona Guthrie said Lynda’s work in financial counselling over the past 20 years had resulted in significant improvements in the economic and social wellbeing of thousands of First Nations people and had spared untold numbers of people the stress and anguish of extreme financial hardship.
“Lynda’s contribution has been huge, and this award is a wonderful acknowledgement of that,” Fiona said. “Her knowledge and expertise in financial counselling and capability, her compassion and ability to build relationships have been key ingredients in the creation of fairer and more equitable products and services for First Nations Peoples.
“Lynda has also been instrumental in so many changes in how financial service providers, regulators and governments work with, and for, First Nations Peoples and communities.”
“On behalf of the team at FCA, it is a privilege to work with you Lynda. You are one of the wisest and kindest people we know.”
NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated Lynda on the award, noting that her career has been driven by a genuine sense of purpose and desire to achieve better outcomes for First Nations people.
“This prestigious award celebrates nobility of character, commitment to change and the strength to succeed, all attributes held by Ms Edwards,” Mrs Taylor said.
Lynda said she was incredibly honoured and greatly humbled to receive the award.
“I am surrounded by strong women. This isn’t just about me, it’s a journey of everyone that works in the financial literacy space for First Nations people,” she told guests at the ceremony.
Thirty-four women and girls were recognised as finalists in the NSW Women of the Year Awards, while 84 Local Women of the Year were also celebrated at the awards.
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