WILMA Women's Health manager Michelle Mays named Campbelltown Woman of the Year

Deserving: WILMA Women's Health manager Michelle Mays receives her award from Campbelltown MP Greg Warren.
Deserving: WILMA Women's Health manager Michelle Mays receives her award from Campbelltown MP Greg Warren.

International Women's Day is one of the most important days on the calendar for Campbelltown's WILMA Women's Health organisation.

And this year the day was even more special - manager Michelle Mays was named the 2021 Campbelltown Woman of the Year.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren presented Ms Mays with a bouquet of flowers and her award today.

Ms Mays said it was an unexpected honour to be named the Woman of the Year.

"It was a bit of a shock but I'm very honoured," she said.

"It's amazing to get the award. I did wonder why I was getting it - I don't know if I deserve it.

"But it's not just for me, it's for the centre and it's for our community.

"I don't just think it represents myself, it represents us as a service."

Ms Mays' work with WILMA helps countless women across Macarthur every day, in various aspects of life, from counselling, physical health to natural remedies.

She said International Women's Day was so important for shining a spotlight on the issues that are important to women.

"Women's Health has been around for 41 years and our centre has been here for 33 years," Ms Mays said.

"I love that women are starting to get recognised for their achievements. But we've still got that inequality in pay.

"The more we can advocate for women and get that out there, the better. Women, being the child-bearers, are often the ones who have to sacrifice their careers.

"We can still be in the workforce and raise children and be valued and paid as much as men."

Ms Mays said WILMA celebrated International Women's Day on Friday with a fundraising event at Campbelltown Catholic Club which was attended by almost 250 people. The centre also handed out cakes to clients on Monday.

Mr Warren said Ms Mays was a very deserving winner of this year's accolade.

"We are truly lucky to have a centre like WILMA, led by Michelle, in our local community," he said.

"The centre offers a range of services and assists women during extremely traumatic times.

"Managing the centre is an extremely important job but not an easy one, yet it is a role Michelle has excelled in for a long, long time.

"This award is way of saying thank you to Michelle for her dedication and passion over the course of many years."

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