Cath News report: The head of St Vincent de Paul in the Northern Territory has been named as Australia's top young business woman in the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Awards, said a media release.
As CEO of St Vincent de Paul, Janet Buhagiar almost doubled revenue and increased services to remote communities and in-housing, training and employment, and youth mentoring.
One of her major business achievements was winning private developer support and government funding for a $5.8 million project to build two-bedroom units on Society land to house 20 families. In addition, Ms Buhagiar raised more than $60,000 through a corporate 'sleeping rough' fundraiser to fund whitegoods for the units.
Telstra Chief Marketing Officer and Telstra Business Women's Awards Ambassador, Kate McKenzie, said Ms Buhagiar's career achievements made her an outstanding choice for the prestigious Award.
"Janet Buhagiar is an inspirational role model for other business women in Australia and an example of the extraordinary talent that the Awards program has recognised since its inception sixteen years ago," she said.
"She is an engaging, confident, articulate and personable woman with achievements spanning both the public and not for profit sector. She has demonstrated a high level of risk in her career and had a positive impact on St Vincent de Paul on both a business and cultural level."