Noosa Mayor launches WomenKind

Amelia Lorentson and Clare Stewart.

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart recently launched a for-purpose organisation established to empower women to become leaders in the community at new venue, Bounce Noosa.

More than 60 supporters attended the launch of WomenKind Australia, including Noosa MP Sandy Bolton, Noosa Councillor Amelia Lorentson and power-couple Joe Natoli, Division 4 Councillor for Sunshine Coast Regional Council, and well-known news presenter and journalist Rosanna Natoli. Leigh McCready, WomenKind’s Treasurer, was MC.

Founder of the new organisation, local businesswoman Josanne Falla said, “We were overwhelmed by the level of support for WomenKind, with many new members signing up on the day.”

“Our members and guests were treated to delicious canapes which included ingredients from local producers who exhibited their products at the launch – Beyond Honey which produces sustainable and cruelty-free local honey, Cooloola Berries which is now also growing stunning sunflowers and Noosa Chutney, a new business featuring gourmet tomato relish and mild mango chutney.

“Our guest speakers spoke from the heart about the journeys which led them to join WomenKind as supporters. Fizzi Reynolds, board member of Bendigo Bank spoke of the challenges faced as a female lawyer in a male-dominated career path in both Australia and New Zealand.

“Naomi Todd, board member of Domestic Violence Action Centre, spoke of the importance of addressing abusive behaviours at their outset and as early as possible to change them before they cause serious harm.

“Catherine Molloy, author and body language expert, spoke about how conscious leadership and Kathleen Hope, SunnyKids General Manager, explained what the $280,000 raised by WomenKind this year has already achieved for women experiencing domestic and family violence.

“Our upcoming projects include running workshops for members which build skills for women in areas such as financial literacy, superannuation planning and public speaking for business, with a mentoring program to be launched to help women build their capacity to succeed in all areas of their personal or business lives.”

For more information and to purchase membership, see WomenKind on Facebook and Instagram.