Young Women in Public Affairs Award 2017

The Club is very pleased to announce its winner of the 2017 “Young Women in Public Affairs” Award to be Ishka de Silva from the Presbyterian Ladies College.

Ishka is a very impressive young lady and will be completing her International Baccalaureate Diploma this year. She is passionate about human rights as well as fair fashion trade and last year she in work experience with the United Nations in Geneva, where she was exposed to bodies including UN Aids, Medicins Sans Frontiers and the International Labour Organisation, further heightening her passion for human rights.

Currently she spends time as a volunteer with the Sudanese Saturday School in Box Hill, where she tutors primary school students of a Sudanese Refugee background as well as holding leadership roles within PLC as a member of the Student Leadership Team, Aerobics Captain and House Captain.

She certainly has a bright future awaiting her and we wish her every success.

Di Hillman with Ishka de Silva.

UPDATE:  District 23 Award Winner

We are thrilled to announce that our Club Young Women in Public Affairs candidate, Nandini Karthikeyan went on to win the YWPA District 23 Award.

Nandini vied for this award with other young women aged 16-19 from WA, SA, Tasmania, Victoria and Northern Territory. Her application was then forwarded onto Zonta International where she was chosen as one of ten YWPA International winners. This is a truly amazing outcome.

We all congratulate Nandini on her success and are pleased that she has been recognised by Zonta for her outstanding efforts. Nandini was chosen due to her many and varied leadership skills, her commitment to community service both in Australia and in India and Africa, her awareness of conditions of women and girls at home and overseas and her strong commitment to improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Nandini Karthikeyan with our President, Di Hillman, Kim Watkins – a teacher from Presbyterian Ladies College, and our Club Vice President, Robyn Scholes.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award 2016

Our Club has nominated Nandini Karthikeyan (a student at Presbyterian Ladies College) as our entrant for the Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

The Award recognises young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Ten (10) international scholarships of US$4,000 each and up to 32 district/region scholarships of US$1,000 each are awarded each year.