St John Chief Sharyn Mitten named a 2014 South Australian Business Women Finalist

St John Chief Sharyn Mitten named a 2014 South Australian Business Women Finalist

15 October 2014

The resolve to build community resilience and passion for empowering cultures has seen

St John Ambulance South Australia (STJSA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sharyn Mitten, named a finalist in the Community and Government category at last night’s Telstra Business Women’s awards ceremony.

St John Ambulance SA CEO Sharyn Mitten said the nominations and awards were a tremendous honour for all companies and individual business women named as finalists.

‘It’s an enormous honour to be recognised amongst so many other respected business women, whose leadership, hard work and innovation are positively changing industries and communities around them.”

“Every finalist is worthy of recognition so I congratulate the winners – they are examples of the inspirational and successful women to be found within our state,” said Ms Mitten.

Ms Mitten’s successes were celebrated following a year of achievements including launching the First Aid in Schools program and the creation of the organisation’s first strategic plan.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ms Mitten said, one of her greatest accomplishments was being able to help communities look after themselves, through learning skills in first aid.

‘While this is such a treasured personal accolade it’s incredibly important to collectively celebrate what these awards ultimately symbolise – the promotion of women in business and importantly their outstanding contribution to communities far and wide.

‘This would not be possible without my family and the entire STJSA membership, who inspire me every day with their commitment to benefiting the community; making it a safer, more resilient place in which to live.

‘I also hope this award is an opportunity to place a greater emphasis on achieving our shared purpose of making first aid a part of everybody’s life,’ Ms Mitten said.

Ms Mitten maintains her success stems from her father and mother, role models who instilled the value of hard work, resilience and achieving success from a very young age.

‘A drive to succeed, empower and to achieve lasting outcomes were all valuable lessons taught to me from my early childhood years. As a CEO I endeavor to demonstrate these values and behaviors every day.

‘My resilience is also a driving factor for my successes. I never accept the status quo, and when setbacks do occur, it is this resilience which drives me to push on,’ Ms Mitten said.

In addition to her role as CEO, Ms Mitten serves on the St John's national Chief Executive Committee, and is a member of the St John SA Youth Council. Additionally, she is an elected board member of Safer Communities Australia, Spina Bifida and the Hydrocephalus Association.