Achievement AwardS FOR Young Indigenous WomEn (AAYIW)
Zonta District 24 (NSW & ACT) is working to engage in a more constructive way with our Indigenous community. This District 24 award is designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young Indigenous women currently enrolled in Year 12.
2015 winner Zoe Stewart is completing her Year 12 studies at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School. Picture l to r: Zoe Stewart, Bronlyn Schoer (Zonta District 24 Awards Coordinator).
2014 winner Tiana Edwards was from Rooty Hill High School. Picture l to r: Bronlyn Schoer, D24 Awards Coordinator: Mr Edwards, Tiana’s father; Tiana; and Sue Woodward, President Zonta Club of Cumberland West
District 24 was provided with a grant from the Mercy Foundation to provide a second prize in 2014 and 2015. So our 2014 runner-up was Jennifer Buckley of Cambridge Park High (photo Bronlyn Schoer presenting runner-up award to Jennifer Buckley)
2013 winner Emily Grant from Bomaderry High School – Emily is pictured with 2012-2014 District Governor Kerrie Bigsworth
2012 winner Jordan Ardler – (photo l. to r. Bronlyn Schoer, Jordan Ardler, Kerrie Bigsworth)
About this award: Zonta District 24 commenced development of the award with a pilot project targetting a small number of schools. Its success in shining a light on the often unacknowledged achievements of young indigenous women lead to an expansion across the whole of NSW and the ACT. The Achievement Award for Young Indigenous Women was formallised as a District 24 award at the 2015 Zonta District 24 Conference.