Local leaders honoured in Women of Year awards

TWO leading lights have received recognition at the NSW Women of the Year Awards following their sterling efforts in keeping their communities safe and informed during the pandemic and more.

The Granville Local Woman of the Year has been awarded to Randa Kattan in recognition of her work actively supporting the community in her capacity as CEO of Arab Council of Australia.
The Auburn Local Woman of the Year has been awarded to Auburn Local SES Commander Kathy Garancsi who has been volunteering her time to keep the community safe while responding to disasters for over 40 years.
Taking up the leadership of the not-for-profit Arab Council in the 1990s, Randa transformed the organisation into a respected institution that makes key contributions across the policy dialogue in Australia and abroad.
She said it was a nice surprise to win the award but that she never expected to receive such recognition for her efforts.
“I feel humbled by the win,” she said.
“I have been serving the community for a long time now and am pleased with the success I’ve achieved through advocacy.
“I hope I’ve inspired other women and will continue to do my best to ensure Granville is an empowering place for all residents.”
State MP for Granville, Julia Finn, recommended Randa for the honour after recognising her passion and the positive impact she has made in the electorate.
“This is a well-deserved honour for Randa. Her unparalleled commitment and ongoing contribution to the betterment of the local community will shape our society into a greater place,” Ms Finn said.
Joining Auburn SES in 1980, Kathy said felt extremely proud to win the award.
“There are so many amazing women leaders in our community so this is a huge honour,” she said.
“I am very grateful to Auburn MP Lynda Voltz for her nomination and to win is such a wonderful feeling.”