Finalist in the 2011 Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards, Megan D'Elton.
Finalist in the 2011 Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards, Megan D'Elton.

Local in state awards finals

A SUNSHINE Coast woman who manages a local community not-for-profit aged care organisation is among 18 finalists in the 2011 Telstra Queensland Business Women's Awards.

Megan D'Elton, CEO of NoosaCare Inc, which is owned by the local Tewantin community and has 183 residents living at two sites, is one of five finalists for the White Pages Community and Government Award.

Under the direction of a voluntary board, Ms D'Elton oversees 230 employees from registered nurses and physiotherapists to administration and kitchen staff.

Her achievements include successfully negotiating three enterprise bargaining agreements and a key role in the 2006 amalgamation of two community-owned organisations, Carramar in Tewantin and Kabara in Cooroy to form NoosaCare.

NoosaCare's Carramar site has two dementia units and the business is currently designing a new 32-bed unit that will provide care for younger people with dementia.

Ms D'Elton has spent 11 years in management roles for the organisation and gained a Bachelor of Business Management in 2007. She says it is a privilege to lead and provide career pathways for the NoosaCare team, which continually strives to improve the living and care environments of the residents.

Reflecting on her move into management, Ms D'Elton said: "I decided it was time I made a stand and step up to lead an amazing group of people who take care of our elders every day."

Kris Carver, Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for the Sunshine Coast, said the achievements of entrepreneurs such as Megan D'Elton were an inspiration to the Sunshine Coast community.

"Telstra has run the Business Women's Awards program for 17 years to celebrate the leadership, innovation and hard work of extraordinary women like Megan D'Elton," he said.

Other Telstra Business Women's Awards finalists include Jean Madden, founder and Managing Director of charity Street Swags, and Elena Gosse, a former Russian actress who is director of Queensland chlorine generator exporter Australian Innovative Systems. Both are finalists for the Nokia Business Innovation Award.

Winners will be announced at a gala luncheon on October 11 in Brisbane. The winners share in $200,000 in cash and prizes and become part of an exclusive national business alumni.

The Queensland winners proceed to the national finals of the Telstra Business Women's Awards which will be announced in Melbourne on November 18.

Finalists for the 2011 Telstra Queensland Business Women's Awards are:

Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
Adele Blair Blair Lifestyle Management, Annerley
Vanessa Garrard E3 Style Pty Ltd, Chermside
Janine Garrett Charm Health Pty Ltd, Bardon
Cathie Reid APHS - Your Pharmacy Partner, Mansfield
Lauren Thorne Concenti Academy of Music, Toowoomba
Sue-Ellen Watts Watts Next, Upper Mt Gravatt

Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Award
Fiona Berkin Morris Corporation, Springwood
Susan Buckley QIC, Brisbane
Deborah McKern Seasons Living Australia, North Lakes

White Pages Community & Government Award
Megan D'Elton Noosa Care Inc, Tewantin
Dr Dimity Dornan, AM Hear and Say Centre, Auchenflower
Lynne Foley Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Bracken Ridge
Hetty Johnston Bravehearts Inc, Arundel
Marlene Morison Department of Community Safety, Brisbane

Nokia Business Innovation Award
Elena Gosse Australian Innovative Systems Pty Ltd, Tingalpa
Jean Madden Street Swags Ltd, Upper Brookfield
Melissa Marsden Smith Madden, Carina Heights

marie claire Young Business Women's Award
Vanessa Garrard E3 Style Pty Ltd, Chermside
Tracey Lines Port of Townsville Limited, South Townsville
Jean Madden Street Swags Ltd, Upper Brookfield
Melissa Marsden Smith Madden, Carina Heights
Sue-Ellen Watts Watts Next, Upper Mt Gravatt
 


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