Finalist sets out to inspire success

A MOUNT Pritchard woman is a finalist in the 2014 NSW Woman of the Year awards.

Faten El Dana had been selected as a finalist in the Community Hero category of the awards.

The Community Hero category nominates women who have made an outstanding contribution to the NSW community.

Mrs El Dana is the president of the Muslim Women's Welfare of Australia.

She volunteers in her spare time to organise and implement community projects that target women's needs.

"In addition to that I have two jobs as head of the language department at Al Amanah College, where my responsibility is to oversee and co-ordinate a language program, and design special programs for students who have difficulty acquiring a second language," she said.

"Also, I am the head of programming at 2MFM, the Muslim Community Radio, the medium for linking migrants to the much-needed services that are provided by government and non-government organisations."

Mrs El Dana said she felt honoured to become a finalist.

"I feel my nomination really emphasises the wonderful diversity in this country," she said.

"Being a finalist means I have a good opportunity to win this prestigious award which will represent recognition of my hard work.

"I strongly believe that by winning this award I will be inspiring other women to have the determination towards serving their community and achieving their goals."

Her nomination is the culmination of her extensive work in serving the community.

"For 20 years I have had this strong connection with the community," she said.

"I've successfully established an open channel with my community members especially women, I've listened to them and tried to understand their needs and address their pressing issues.

"Obviously my community appreciates the hard work that I put in because it made a difference in their lives."

To vote for Faten El Dana in her category, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au.

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