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September 18, 2020

Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, has presented Blue Mountains finalists in the 2020 Altitude Awards with their certificates.


Business networking groups Women with Altitude and the Men’s Altitude Network present the awards each year to recognise the achievements of everyday people across a range of sectors, including small business, social enterprise, individual achievement and contribution to the community.


“Normally, members would come together every month to connect, talk about their challenges and support each other. Not only is the pandemic creating bigger challenges for businesses, but it’s making the usual face to face awards celebrations more difficult too,” Ms Templeman said.


“Women With Altitude founder, Andrea Turner-Boys, found a CovidSafe way to recognise the finalists, by holding several smaller gatherings, and I was really pleased to be able to be in Faulconbridge on September 15 to join other sponsors to present finalists with certificates.”


Ms Templeman sponsored the Soaring Micro Award category, and presented a finalist certificate to Liz Hunter from The Blackheath Creative on the day.


She also presented certificates to Angela Gauci from Total Workforce Solutions who was a finalist in both the Climb Every Mountain and Best Professional Service categories, On My Way Award finalist Cory Webb of Cory Webb Design, and Anne Barratt of Empowering Health who was also a finalist in the Climb Every Mountain category.


“Being a finalist in this year’s awards is no mean feat; there were between 35 and 40 entries in every category,” Ms Templeman said.


“Even just the review process that people undertake to enter the awards has an impact, as it helps people actually realise how far they have come in their business.


“October 2020 would have been my 30th year in business had I not been elected to Federal Parliament, and I started my business in a recession, so I have a sense of what our local businesses are up against right now. I’ve been in their shoes.


“I began sponsoring these awards long before I entered Parliament, as many successful business people do as a way of giving back and supporting newer businesses.


“It’s really important that owners work on their business, not just in their business, and what I loved when I was a member of Women With Altitude was the mentality that the pie was always big enough for us all, and together we could grow that pie, as opposed to a “dog-eat-dog” mentality.


“Congratulations to all the finalists, and hopefully we will be able to come together for the Altitude Ball in November.”