NAROOMA and Bermagui GP Jenny Wray was on Friday night named the 2013 Telstra NSW Business Women Business Owner of the Year.
The awards were presented at a gala event at the Sydney Hilton.
Dr Wray began working as a doctor in Narooma in 1977 in a solo general practice before becoming a partner in a group practice with a hospital attachment 11 years later.
In 1994 she co-founded Lighthouse Surgery and later became sole owner, expanding it to a second practice in Bermagui.
She is active in her community with sponsorship of events like the Narooma Oyster Festival and the Four Winds Festival.
In 2003, she founded the Lighthouse Scholarship Fund to assist rural students undertaking tertiary studies away from home.
She’s not only been treating her own patients but taking a lead role in educating and mentoring medical students and registrars..
She maintains a special focus on caring for Indigenous patients.
"I pride myself on creating leaders from my team members, each with his or her area of expertise," Dr Wray said.
It was no surprise to many who knew her when Dr Jennifer Wray was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for her services to rural medicine.
Two years earlier, she was named the General Practitioner of the Year by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, recognising her personal achievements and community service.
Judges said they were impressed by Dr Wray’s determination to bring her childhood dream to fruition and recognised her ability to tackle large issues such as attracting young doctors to regional areas.
Jeannine Biviano, a former nurse who is now Deputy Director General of the Department of Trade and Investment based in Orange, was named
the 2013 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year.
Kate McKenzie, Group Managing Director Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, said: “The NSW winners are inspirational business women with extraordinary achievements.
The state winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on November 14.
For winners across Australia, the awards offer a share in $200,000 in cash and prizes.