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WiDA News and Updates

Women in Defence Association Launches Awards to
Create Recognition to Diversity

08 March 2024

With the generous support of our WA Defence Industry International Women's Day partners; 

Henderson Alliance, Defence West, VESPIIA and Novel Management,

the Women in Defence Association was launched.

Our mission is to create a lasting impact within the industry, and to kickstart this journey, we introduced two prestigious awards:

The Wendy Angela Award, recognises organisational commitment to diversity.
The Sarah Taylor Award, celebrates individual efforts towards genuine diversity.

Congratulations to our two Wendy Angela Award finalists:

  • Magnetic People - Winner

  • Barrett Communications/Motorola Solutions - Finalist

Congratulations to our Sarah Taylor Award finalists:

  • Nola Pearce of TraumaSim - Winner

  • Sherry Baxter - Working Spirit - Finalist

These outstanding organisations and individuals have gone above and beyond policy and reporting, exemplifying a true commitment to diversity in the defence industry.


Join us in celebrating their achievements and the impact they have made.

*Event Photos are now available here*


ID Picture: Photo of WiDA Board, featuring left to right: Colleen Yates, Reena Strehle, Sarah Thomas, Shamsa Lea, Rachel Falzon, Shannon Hennessy and Judi Irvineon the balcony of the ANZAC Club during the WA Defence Industry International Women's Day event. 

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