Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero


2020 TAS Local Hero Nominee

Betsy Hanson

State: Tasmania

Community choir leader

Betsy Hanson leads the Nourish Women's Choir and two local community choirs. With a belief that anyone can sing, Betsy fosters an atmosphere of inclusiveness and encouragement. Her aim is to inspire choir members with a love of music, helping them feel uplifted and rejuvenated after each meeting. Driven by Betsy's passion for social justice, the choir has performed at the Candlelight Vigil, in support of victims of domestic violence.

Drawing on years of experience as a youth worker, Betsy also volunteers with vulnerable young people at Edzone, an education reengagement program. She has developed a support group of older women to mentor teenage girls, reaching them through her compassion and love for music. She provides friendship, support and musical opportunities for people seeking asylum in Hobart.

In addition, each year, Betsy organises the Nourish You Women's Retreat to help women connect with themselves and each other.


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