THE struggle of being a single mother has given Albury’s Trish Cerminara a drive to empower women.
So much so that Ms Cerminara’s work with the Albury Indoor Netball Association and in Aboriginal community has seen her named local woman of the year for the Albury electorate as part of the NSW Women of the Year Awards.
“I love being there for women and giving them a voice to stand up,” she said.
“I come from a huge family — I have 11 brothers and sisters — and struggles back then built a strong character.”
The member for Albury Greg Aplin presented Ms Cerminara with her award yesterday.
“Her forceful personality makes her a great leader,” he said.
“She is caring and an inspiration and mentor for many young people.”
Ms Cerminara also helped establish the Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre at Coleambally, for young Aboriginal boys at risk of detention.
In 2005, she became the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service director and has actively fund-raised for SIDS.
Mr Aplin said people like Ms Cerminara were vital to the community.
“She is an outstanding example,” he said.
“I hope sharing her story inspires others.”