Inspiring women in the spotlight

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Outstanding Young Women of the Year awardees with Sue Flower and Ann Ross of Zonta.
Camera IconOutstanding Young Women of the Year awardees with Sue Flower and Ann Ross of Zonta.

Zonta Club of Dunsborough’s recent annual International Women’s Day breakfast held at Wise Winery Restaurant welcomed WA Hall of Fame inductee Dr Casta Tungaraza as its guest speaker and recognised a number of women for their community work.

Club president Joyce Odom said the club was delighted to host Dr Tungaraza. “Originally from a family of nine children in Tanzania in East Africa, she has held several academic roles in Australia including at Murdoch University in Perth, together with making an enormous contribution to the welfare of young people through her voluntary roles,” Ms Odom said.

Dr Tungaraza’s work in promoting better outcomes for African women in Australia led to the development of the Dare to Dream program for mentoring and coaching African youth in WA.

Dr Tungaraza has been recognised nationally and internationally for her contribution to the prevention of violence against women and children through her voluntary work with the emerging African community in Australia.

“The key theme of her address was loud and clear: Together we can make a difference — a highly fitting message for today’s society and the approach needed for overcoming its challenges,” Ms Odom said.

Guest speaker Dr Casta Tungaraza and Zonta MC Linley Scott.
Camera IconGuest speaker Dr Casta Tungaraza and Zonta MC Linley Scott.

During the breakfast, five young women from local schools received the award Outstanding Young Woman of the Year for their work in the community.

These were Jordan Thomas of Cornerstone College, Caris Lyon of Cape Naturaliste College, Shae Cartledge-Giovinazzo of the Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, Bella Lange of Busselton High School and Hannah Armstrong of St Mary McKillop College.

In addition, Shae Cartledge-Giovinazzo received the special award of Young Woman in Public Affairs.

“We were also proud to recognise the outstanding voluntary work carried out over many years by Jenny Monson of the Busselton Hospice, and Margaret Babb of CWA Ruabon,” Ms Odom said.

“Both these women have made huge contributions in their respective roles and were highly deserving recipients of Zonta’s Service Community Awards.”

The Zonta Club of Dunsborough is part of the global Zonta organisation empowering women through service and advocacy.

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