• Winner, ACT Telstra Business Women's Award, Samantha Kourtis and her husband Dimitrie Kourtis

    Winner, ACT Telstra Business Women's Award, Samantha Kourtis and her husband Dimitrie Kourtis

  • Sonny Wright, Mark Backhouse, Business Owner winner Tammy Garratt and Stevie Wright

    Sonny Wright, Mark Backhouse, Business Owner winner Tammy Garratt and Stevie Wright

  • Sharon Sloan and Award's finalist Laurie McDonald

    Sharon Sloan and Award's finalist Laurie McDonald

  • Greg Smith, Award's finalist Jan Mason and Anni Chilton

    Greg Smith, Award's finalist Jan Mason and Anni Chilton

  • Inese Kingsmill and Layne Beachley

    Inese Kingsmill and Layne Beachley

  • Time check for Ashleigh Nicholas and Jodie Shepherd

    Time check for Ashleigh Nicholas and Jodie Shepherd

  • Karen Nicholas and Janine Yokom

    Karen Nicholas and Janine Yokom

  • Rowena Martin, Award's finalist Margo Andrae and Shannon Crick

    Rowena Martin, Award's finalist Margo Andrae and Shannon Crick

  • Anne McGregor and Janet Higgins

    Anne McGregor and Janet Higgins

  • Brian Kildea and Award's finalist Vanessa Little

    Brian Kildea and Award's finalist Vanessa Little

  • Leanne Elliott, Penny Lucas and Sue Jellis

    Leanne Elliott, Penny Lucas and Sue Jellis

  • Katie Habcock and Angela Power

    Katie Habcock and Angela Power

  • Helen Calderwood, Awards finalist Riana Van Rensburg, Francois Van Rensberg and Debra Beerworth

    Helen Calderwood, Awards finalist Riana Van Rensburg, Francois Van Rensberg and Debra Beerworth

  • Allan Worsnop, Award's finalist Sally-Anne Clark and Trish Johnston

    Allan Worsnop, Award's finalist Sally-Anne Clark and Trish Johnston

  • Susie and Alex Hoitink

    Susie and Alex Hoitink

  • Chris Johnson, Gail Morgan, MC Andrew Daddo, Liesel Wett and Catherine McGovern

    Chris Johnson, Gail Morgan, MC Andrew Daddo, Liesel Wett and Catherine McGovern

Telstra Business Women's Awards ACT

28 October 2014

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards for the ACT, 2014 were once again a celebration of women, their determination, tenacity and unique skills in creating, maintaining and growing their business with most combining the ‘triple treat’ of business, family and home with all the stress and strain that brings to the lives of so many women. All we need is a ‘wife’ is the cry of so many women.

Have we become better at coping. Are the demands too much for most of us and what are the solutions to what is euphemistically called work life balance for hard yakka.

We salute them. We support what they’ve achieved and wish all the ACT winners the best of luck for the finals this year to be held in Melbourne.

On this night in Canberra, Andrew Daddo is his most charming and witty as the MC for the Telstra juggernaut that travels the state capitals to present and applaud the state’s winners. He’s the consummate professional with an informal touch doing the rounds of the tables and getting to know the guests. That touch is what Layne Beachley, the keynote speaker for this year did with style too. Motivation, Inspiration, Determination was the subject of her address and we were left in no doubt of that she has those attributes and more, all part of the Layne method that saw her incredible achievement of seven world championships. The bumps and hazards along the way demonstrated that it takes her unique kind of discipline to find the success she believed in. Stunning in her orange dress, taut, tanned and terrific she had kicked off the heels for dinner and wasn’t the least bit fazed to do the bare-foot Contessa look for the photograph I took. And she has pretty feet. My theory is that sand sea and sun is the best pedicure of all.

ACT finalists and winners came from a wide range of endeavours. The Business Owners Award had finalists from hairdressing, Apps Learning, events management and furnished accommodation, while Community and Government Award was as diverse as a librarian with a vision, a deputy secretary with business acumen that would be daunting for most managing directors and a CEO trying to give osteoporosis a new profile.

But there was a shining star among this constellation with Samantha Kourtis from Capital Chemist Charnwood winning two category prizes and the overall Telstra Business Women’s Award for the ACT. Her achievements have come with her husband’s support, a vision for this local pharmacy and results. She is a woman who like all these wonder women will be a role model for her children and her staff and will break down barriers for what she wants to achieve in her impressive work, home and life balancing act.