COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Melita Chilcott

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:58): Congratulations to Melita Chilcott, Maitland's 2021 Local Woman of the Year. Melita is a role model to her children, her grandchildren and her community. Her passion for helping others, her dedication to community service, and her voluntary work for charities including Meals on Wheels and Share the Dignity is well known throughout Maitland. Melita fulfilled a lifelong passion by becoming a qualified hairdresser at the age of 60, and chose to dedicate her skills and passion towards helping the homeless and disadvantaged, as well as survivors of domestic violence. Melita's work as a member of the Community Hair Project group restores dignity, pride, and confidence to those going through a tough time and preparing to rebuild their lives. Melita now stands alongside previous alumni of the award Karen Stackman, Tara Dever, Amorelle Dempster, Naomi Rees, Pennie Kearney, Yvette Cavanagh, Michelle Davis and Samantha Meyn. Thank you to these women for their incredible contributions to Maitland.