Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, today met with Ms Hayley Bellamy to present her with the 2014 Woman of the Year Award for Penrith.
The NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of women across our state and acknowledge inspirational role models, women who have demonstrated excellence in their careers and women who have made significant contributions in their local community.
Diagnosed at 18 months of age with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Hayley is reliant on an electric wheelchair and needs assistance for most of her physical needs.
Hayley was an Ambassador for the 2012 Don’t Dis My Ability Campaign and worked towards breaking down some of the obstacles in the area of employment, by encouraging equal employment opportunities for all those with a disability.
“Hayley is an inspiration to the people within the community by not accepting physical limitations whilst in pursuit of her goals,” said Stuart Ayres.
Hayley has completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Design Visual Communication/ Information Technology. She has also completed telephone support training at Lifeline, committing 92 hours volunteer telephone support for the first 12 months following training. Hayley also participates as a volunteer with Anglicare, assisting with administration.
Hayley has completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and applies the leadership skills she learnt to her life and work. Hayley is employed at Price Waterhouse Cooper in the Information Technology Team and her current studies complement the position.
“I congratulate Hayley on her dedication to achieving her goals and in encouraging others to strive for theirs. This award is an expression of the appreciation the people of Penrith have for everything she does.” added Stuart Ayres.