Zonta gives young women a chance to shine

At the Young Women in Public Affairs Awards evening recently were (rear l-r) winner Eleanor Fleetwood (Richmond River High), Georgia Urquhart (St Johns College Woodlawn) and Rebecca Sproule (Kadina High) with (front l-r) Ashleigh Radford (Alstonville High), Rebecca Buckland (Ballina High), guest speaker Cathy Henkel, Jessica Barton (Mullumbimby High), Emily Alexander (Lismore High) and Sasha Hunt (Lismore High).

The Zonta Club of Northern Rivers recently conducted the 2008 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awards at Invercauld House.

The guest speaker, local filmmaker Cathy Henkel, spoke of her arrival from South Africa, her early years with community theatre and the last two decades spent producing, writing and directing award-winning documentaries.

The essay-based YWPA competition for young women 16-20 attracted the usual high standard of applicants with the eight finalists presenting a short talk on the subject Resistance, Adaptation, Activism. How can young women respond to climate change?

The winner was Eleanor Fleetwood from Richmond River High, who received $200 and a chance to progress through to district, national and international levels of Zonta. The finalists each received $25.


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