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Manly Daily: Single mum Josie Parata is a finalist in Women of the Year’s community hero category

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

Kat Adamski, Manly Daily, February 26, 2014

BEACON Hill single mum Josie Parata is one of four women who are finalists for the 2014 NSW Women of the Year Awards in the community hero category.

The category showcases women who are local heroes or volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the community.

Ms Parata, a mother of four, described herself as a “woman on a mission” to help other single mums.

She is the chief executive of SMS (Single Mums Support) Lighthouse at Dee Why, a support program which assists single mums.

As a victim of domestic violence and a breast cancer survivor, Ms Parata has dedicated her life to giving women and children a voice when it comes to the fight against violence and emotional abuse.

“My passion is working with women who may be experiencing difficulty as a single parent - supporting them every step of the way,” she said.

“I have been able to help many women find hope to move forward and create a better life for themselves and their children, free of violence.”

SMS is a not-for-profit organisation offering advice and guidance to single mums, connecting them to other services like housing, financial and legal support, and also educating them on how to successfully rebuild their lives.

She was awarded Warringah Council’s highest honour, Citizen of the Year, in 2012.

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