In nominating Helen the Western Australian ELAG said
“Helen is nominated as a founder of EMILY’s list, a political and Union Leader and activist, a former Co convener of EMILY’s list. Helen has played a crucial role in the effective establishment of, and amazing growth of EMILY’s list.
Helen has chaired inclusively and effectively most of the National Conference, Workshop and Committee Meetings of EMILY’s list from 1996 - 2000; been an effective advocate for EMILY’s list on all EMILY’s list issues from childcare to equal pay to affirmative action; been instrumental in the creation and development of the Western Australian ELAG; provided an essential link between EMILY’s list and the National ALP, particularly as an influential delegate at ALP National Conferences; strengthened the Partnerships between EMILY’s and the union movement; been a great and constant friend and mentor to many in EMILY’s list as well as women in the union movement.”
In accepting her award, Helen Creed said,
“Thank you for honouring me with the 2000 Emily award. It has been a pleasure to work with so many talented and committed feminists to achieve our aim of electing great labour women into parliaments around the country and ensuring that EMILY’s list is a dynamic and inspiring part of Australia’s political landscape.
While I am no longer able to undertake the same role organisationally for EMILY’s list as I did previously, please be assured that my heart and commitment will be with you as we get to the next 100 women elected.”
Helen is continuing to work for women and workers and the union movement as National President of the LHMU, Vice President of the ACTU and Chair of the Women's Committee of the ACTU.
We thank you Helen - we look forward to your continuing partnership with EMILY’s list.