13 October 2009: Veronica Wensing , a student at Australian Catholic Universitys (ACU) Canberra Campus has been named 2009 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year.
She was recognised for her role as Executive Officer of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.
Veronica oversees the Centre which provides 24/7 phone support for people affected by sexual violence, legal and medical advocacy services, face-to-face counselling for women, children and men, community education and input into government policy and reforms.
She joined the Centre in 2006 and has since increased its core funding base by $200,000 a year, and attracted more than $195,000 in one-off grants.
Veronica also took out top honours in the Community and Government category for demonstrating passion and enthusiasm in her role.
Currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Services (Leadership) at ACU, Veronica plans to begin a Master of Social Work in the coming year.
These awards are an opportunity to highlight the work of people, like myself, who work tirelessly to improve the way of life for victims of sexual assault, she said.
I am not in this job for the money or the profile. I am involved because I feel passionately about the topic and believe in the rights of all humans to live freely from violence, she added.
Telstra Business Women's Awards ambassador Holly Kramer said Veronica demonstrated all the qualities of an inspirational leader.
The judges described Veronica as genuine and honest, and said she was a passionate and visionary leader who stood up for important issues.
Veronica will now progress to the national finals of the awards.