Dedication, teamwork and a whole lot of love are behind Lyn Connolly being named Business Person of the Year at the recent Liverpool City Local Business Awards.
The secretary director of Clovel Childcare Centre said she was "honoured and privileged" to receive the award which was a culmination of many years in the childcare industry.
"A lot of hard but passionate work goes into the role but it is all very much worthwhile," Ms Connolly said.
"I am blessed to have cultivated great staff and a supportive management team who are equally as passionate as I am to ensure we provide an excellent service to the children and families who attend our centres.
"I firmly believe that 'if you get the loving right the rest will follow' and this goes to our clients - the children and families - because families will be happy if they feel their children are truly loved as they are being nurtured, developed, educated and cared for in their early learning environment."
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A passionate childcare advocate Ms Connolly has spent many years in voluntary roles as president, vice president or as a board member of industry associations at both a state and federal level, including lobbying federal politicians for better funding for families, a measurable Assessment and Rating System and at state level for sensible regulations.
"I was also instrumental in joining with a colleague to create The Australian Childcare Super Fund tailored to child carers and, as president, I have initiated a joint venture with a training college to ensure high quality Certificate 111 courses and Diploma Courses are available to child care educators."
Ms Clovelly said the awards presentation was a "fabulous night".
"It was great to see all of the other winners on stage receiving their awards in recognition of the work they do," she said.
She thanked her "dedicated team of educators" as well as her husband Ron for his ongoing support over her 42 years in business.
"These awards bring the local small businesses together in celebration of their passion and provide an opportunity to promote Liverpool," she said. "It is a fantastic experience."