Justine Russell named Rotary Urban Inspirational Woman of the Year

19 May 2022

Ms JODIE HARRISON (Charlestown)—It was my pleasure to attend a reception at Sydney's beautiful Government House for the launch of the 2022 Rotary Australia Inspirational Women's Awards, which recognise service to the community across all sectors.

Unfortunately, the 2021 ceremony was cancelled due to COVID, so the 29 April event honoured last year's winners as well. Amongst those honoured was Charlestown's own Justine Russell, who was recognised as an Urban Inspirational Woman of the Year for her amazing work with PCYC NSW.

Justine joined PCYC in 2012 and utilised her extensive experience in program design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation to deliver evidence-based programs which meet the individual needs of young people and their communities.

Justine heads up the PCYC Youth Resilience and Social Impact team, which works with young people to build youth agency and increase the tools and strategies available to help young people navigate life's challenges.

Justine has dedicated so much time, effort and energy to helping vulnerable young people turn their lives around with mentoring, education and support, going above and beyond to ensure they have a safe place to play sport, create art and socialise.

Congratulations Justine!

A Community Recognition Notice is an opportunity for an MP to submit a short statement praising the work of an individual or group in the local community. If you have any ideas about people I can recognise with a Community Recognition Notice, please email and let me know!