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Hunter trio named in Women Changing The World Awards


Three Hunter residents have joined a global list of innovators after being named at the Women Changing the World Awards in London last month. 

Felicity Cocuzzoli, Kellie Hackney and Lisa Brock are united by their passion and commitment to creating a meaningful difference around the globe.

The trio received their accolades at a gala dinner at London’s St Ermin’s Hotel on 18 April. 

The awards recognise young women and girls inspiring change, companies committed to the elevation and inclusion of women in their organisation, and non-profit organisations, charities and social enterprises demonstrating gender equality. 

Felicity Cocuzzoli, Kellie Hackney and Lisa Brock.

As the coordinator of Reclaiming My Place at the Centre of Excellence for Equity at the University of Newcastle, Ms Cocuzzoli facilitates an eight-week, arts program delivered to encourage women to pursue further learning. 

The initiative was rolled out across Newcastle sites in collaboration with women’s homelessness service NOVA for Women and Children, The Canopy’s Child & Family Services, and community learning partners. 

Reclaiming My Place was awarded silver in the People’s Choice Women Changing the World – Gender Equality category, as well as being named finalists in two other categories. 

Singleton Family Support Service (SFSS) coordinator Lisa Brock also brought home a silver award in the same category. 

SFSS has a motto that states ‘every person and child has the right to feel safe at home and in their community, to feel that they belong and that they matter’. 

Kellie Hackney receives her award in London.

Kellie Hackney won silver for her work at The Canopy; child and family services based in Edgeworth. 

She also represented Kwila Community Based Rehab for people in recovery from substance use disorder, based at Hexham, which was awarded Bronze for Community Impact. 

Newcastle author Lisa Benson was a finalist in the Rising Star Award, recognising women who are changing the World and have been working in their current field for less than five years. 

The Women Changing the World Awards, presented by Dr Tererai Trent, are designed to celebrate and recognise women achieving outstanding success in areas such as sustainability, humanitarian work, leadership, advocacy, tech, product development, education, health and innovation.  

Ms Hackney will also speak at the Hunter Business Women’s Network Dinner on 7 June alongside Serena Ryan – co-author of their book entitled Sacred Promise

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