Stars of community celebrated

Zonta Club of Dunsborough’s recent annual International Women’s Day breakfast saw several young women accept awards for their work in the community, commemorated not only by the club, but by guest speaker Forrest MHR Nola Marino.

Five women, all born and raised in Busselton, were given outstanding woman of the year awards, with one, Roxy Ford, recognised as best young woman in public affairs.

The certificate of excellence was awarded to Jamie Graves, a second-year medical student at the University of Notre Dame.

Service committee chairwoman Michele Ratcliffe said the two top award winners were given prize money aimed at supporting them through their studies and extracurricular pursuits.

“Jamie bought a laptop with her prize money and Roxy Ford, who took home young woman in public affairs, was also given $1000 to support her,” Ms Ratcliffe said.

“It was so special to have Nola Marino there – she made a big deal of how she was from a humble beginning and rose to where she is now and it was very inspiring for the girls.”

The Zonta Club of Dunsborough is part of a worldwide organisation empowering women through service and advocacy.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Times.