Who we are
The Southern Highlands Association of Women is a community based not-for-profit aiming to open a Women’s Wellbeing Centre in the Southern Highlands.
Sadly, the fact is that women in the Southern Highlands who experience adversity, including domestic violence, homelessness, mental or physical illness generally must travel to receive support, or pay. This is something that SHAW are working to change.
We believe that all women facing adversity should be able to receive high quality support in their own communities, and that access to these supports should not be dictated by ability to pay.
SHAW was founded in 2017 and, with the hard work of a Committee of dedicated women, was given charitable status by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission in 2018.
In 2019 our journey continues as we work to empower local women, and raise funds to open a centre that will see vulnerable women in our community supported for generations to come.
Laura Day – Chair
Laura joined the Southern Highlands Association of Women in 2018 as a member of the board and is now Chair. Laura completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (0-8years) at Wollongong University in 2010 and has worked in a variety of educational settings in the Southern Highlands including preschool, daycare and primary school settings. She is currently working at Moss Vale Public School as a Special Education Teacher. As a teacher Laura has worked with children and families from a wide range of circumstances and is passionate about supporting those in need. Laura has been a member of the local community her whole life, growing up in the Southern Highlands and would love to see an increase in locally based support services for women experiencing difficulties.
Sandra McCue – Secretary
Sandra has been a member of the Southern Highlands Association of Women since the establishment of its committee in 2018. Sandra comes from a background in finance and administration with multi-national corporations. For the last 17 years Sandra has worked in the Community Care sector completing a Diploma in Community Services and is currently Senior Case Worker for Anglicare Southern Highlands. Having lived in the Southern Highlands since 2002, Sandra is also an active member on a number of other committees including SHHACS (Southern Highlands Homelessness and Community Services), Emergency Relief Interagency Committee and Moss Vale High School P&C Secretary.
Lauren has been a practicing Social Worker since 2003. She has always had a passion for working with women and began her career as a domestic violence court support worker. Since then she has worked in the areas of mental health, sexual assault counselling, domestic violence and more recently with children and adolescents as a school counsellor. Lauren has worked in both government and non-government agencies, and has been a member of the SHAW Committee since 2018.
Lauren has been a resident of the Southern Highlands for 10 years and enjoys cooking, bush walking and spending time with her family.
Wendy has over 30 years experience working in community services both in the government and not for profit sectors in NSW and Victoria and has had the opportunity to work across many domains in both public policy and service delivery. Prior to commencing with Argyle, Wendy was CEO of a medium sized organisation in Wimmera, Victoria. Throughout this time, Wendy was instrumental in securing funding and services for rural and remote areas. Wendy has been with Argyle for five years. Throughout this time she has worked with each team to establish tenancy connected programs and has led some small new affordable housing projects.
Kate van Eimeren
Kate is a proud mum with a background in the legal and policy arenas and consequent exposure to a broad range of issues specific to women, particularly with respect to family law and violence. Kate joined the SHAW Committee in 2018 and is motivated by her frustration at the vast numbers of people seeking help and not being able to find it, or access it. Kate is a community minded individual, passionate about sport and its administration, she is a dedicated and active member of her local soccer club. Kate believes that we all share a responsibility to improve, resource and educate our communities to deliver a better world for our children.
Erin Nichols – Project Manager
Erin co-founded the Southern Highlands Association of Women in 2017, and has been volunteering as a project manager for the Association since the establishment of its committee in 2018. Erin studied a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology) and a Post-graduate diploma in Psychology at the University of Wollongong, and has over 10 years experience in the community services sector working in Out of Home Care, Youth services, Early Intervention and Child Protection. She is a serving committee member for the Shoalhaven Womens Health Centre and the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum, where she was Chair in 2017 and treasurer in 2018. Having grown up in the Southern Highlands, Erin is passionate about building a local organisation driven by the needs of local women.
We are so grateful for the continued support from our community! We would like to thank the following supporters for their incredible generosity in helping us achieve our goal.