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Women’s Community Shelters CEO, Annabelle Daniel, receives Medal of the Order of Australia in Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List

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Annabelle Juliet Daniel, OAM

Photo Credit: Edward Mulvihill

Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) is delighted to announce that Chief Executive Officer, Annabelle Daniel, has received the The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) GENERAL DIVISION “For service to women through social welfare initiatives”.

On 7 June 2020, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia announced the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, recognising 933 Australians.

“Each and every day, it is the many endeavours of the Australian people that make us the compassionate, ingenious, resilient and harmonious country we are so proud to be. There are some whose contribution goes beyond the ordinary, who make an exceptional and remarkable difference to the nation, to their communities and to the lives of others.” – Chancellor of the order of Australia

As CEO of Women’s Community Shelters, Ms Daniel has worked tirelessly with local communities, corporates, philanthropists and with all levels of government to address the growing scourge of domestic and family violence.

Chair of WCS, Kris Neill, said the award was greatly deserved recognition of Ms Daniel’s achievements. “Annabelle joined Women’s Community Shelters as its first CEO in 2013 and with her team, has opened seven shelters in NSW providing emergency accommodation for women and children. WCS has also opened accommodation for older single women – the fastest growing homelessness cohort.

“In addition, under Annabelle’s leadership, WCS has expanded its services to include transitional housing for families leaving its shelters and an education program, Walk the Talk, that reached over 2500 high school students in 2019,” Ms Neill said.

In 2019, the WCS network provided vital services to 370 women and children and 20,211 additional ‘bed nights’ to the sector.

WCS is currently working with two local communities to expand its shelter network and increase the number of bed nights available to women and children in need.

Photo Credit: Edward Mulvihill for Stellar Magazine

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