Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Taking Pride in the Community; Reporter Alina Rylko Talks to Tweed Valley Solicitor Anne Egan

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Taking Pride in the Community; Reporter Alina Rylko Talks to Tweed Valley Solicitor Anne Egan

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A GLITTERY canvas, splattered with paint and messy writing, is hung proudly on Anne Egan's office wall.

The painting, given to Mrs Egan by a child, reads: "Thank-you for getting my dad back".

"I'm good at family law," Mrs Egan reflects, as though some are naturally born with the resilience strong enough to guide a broken family through the court system.

"It's not necessarily because I'm a woman. I have a strong empathy for family law clients," she said.

The solicitor was admitted to the bar in 1978 and has practised in Murwillumbah since 1980.

She's worked in family law exclusively for the past 20 years, at Egan Simpson Lawyers.

Her husband of 35 years, Jeff Egan, whom she met at Sydney University, is in the next room, and specialises in commercial law.

"We're the original tree changers. When we left Sydney our friends farewelled us with seeds for a vegetable patch," Mrs Egan said.

Integrity, charity and love are not qualities synonymous with lawyers, yet overwhelmingly, those are the words used to describe Mrs Egan by those around her.

It's the virtues for which she was awarded Woman of the Year by the Tweed Valley Women's Service earlier this month.

The award recognises outstanding qualities in leadership and community involvement through optimism, generosity and courage.

"My friends who were at the awards took such joy from the announcement that it came over me like a cloak," Mrs Egan said.

The grandmother-of-two has an incredible history of volunteering in the Tweed Shire.

Her contributions range from humble deeds of service to executive management of projects on a global scale.

Mrs Egan was a Murwillumbah District Hospital board member for eight years and a founding executive of Tweed Emergency Refuge for Women.

She was on the interview panel for deputy/principal roles at Mount Saint Patrick's Catholic school. …

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