Debbie Higgison was the winner of the NSW Community Hero Award at the 2017 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Debbie Higgison has been volunteering in a vast range of areas for the past 19 years. She is particularly skilled in community networking and is a highly respected member of the Chain Reaction Foundation team at Learning Ground. Through her paid work at Learning Ground, she mentors teenagers for whom formal education has failed.
Debbie is a volunteer advocate for improved local transport, a volunteer basketball coach and umpire. Over the past 19 years, she has built a network of festivals and community events including Reconciliation Walk and Concert.
A qualified social worker/community worker, Debbie is also a proud mother of three daughters and grandmother of one grandson. She has always had particular interest in developing strong values and attitudes within families. She is a well-known and appreciated community leader across Western Sydney.