Laurel House sexual violence support service CEO Kathryn Fordyce is one of four people short listed for the Tasmanian of the Year Award.
Ms Fordyce, of North Motton, is also an autism and disability advocate who has expanded inclusive programmes for children living with disabilities across the nation, from playgroups to schools.
She’s also campaigned for high-quality rural services, including early autism surveillance and speech pathologist training in Tasmania.
Two Turners Beach women who run a free surfing programme for women, called the Albert Street Gang Surfers, have also been nominated in the local hero category.
Natalie Potter and Emily [verse-slees] Versluys have seen there Sunday sessions at Turners Beach steadily grow, attracting participants from all over the North-West Coast, including Devonport, Port Sorell and Wilmot.
Tasmanian winners in Tasmanian of the Year, Young Tasmanian of the Year, Senior Tasmanian of the Year, and Local Hero categories will be announced on November 10th, with winners to represent the state in the Australian of the Year awards in Canberra on January 25th.