Local woman, Mrs Paula Nicolas, has today been named Strathfield Woman of the Year in recognition of her tireless efforts in assisting the most vulnerable in our community through her organisation, the St Merkorious Charity.
Paula was presented with the Award as part of the annual International Women’s Day celebrations at Darling Harbour, which recognises the outstanding contribution women across NSW make to industry, community and society.
Paula is the Founder and President of the St Merkorious Charity, an organisation based in Strathfield South. She has a team of more than 100 volunteers who cook, pack and deliver over 2000 nutritious meals a week for the homeless, elderly, sick and newly arrived refugees.
Through her work, Paula partners with organisations such as OzHarvest, SecondBite and Food Bank who help supply ingredients, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
“Paula is an extraordinary person, who lives each day to help those in need”, Ms McKay said.
“Our local community is a richer because of the efforts of community leaders like Paula. She thoroughly deserves this prestigious award”, Ms McKay said.