The Zonta Club of Bundaberg will shine a spotlight on local women and their journey through education as part of the annual International Women's Day breakfast next month.
The theme for the breakfast is the transformative power of education, which will celebrate global achievements, agitate for change and raise funds to support the world’s women and girls.
Attending the breakfast is a fantastic way to show support for the world’s largest movement for gender equality.
Zonta Club of Bundaberg President Le-Anne Allan said the club had been running International Women’s Day events for many years now and was looking forward to this year’s event.
“International Women’s Day is a much-loved event for the Zonta Club of Bundaberg which we have been running for over 20 years,” Le-Anne said.
“It is an event in ladies’ calendars where they come along and have a breakfast on a Sunday morning, and we have some amazing speakers
“This year our speakers are three recipients of our STEPS bursary, and they are going to speak about their transformational journey through education.”
The panel of local women will discuss their journey after completing the STEPS program at CQUniversity and how they went on to further their education.
“In a world where Zonta says no to domestic violence, we are now also looking at how can we say no and actually change the outcome, which is through education for women and young girls,” Le-Anne said.
“Also, by looking at opportunities in the Bundaberg area, we are continuing to support the local community through education.
“This year’s theme looks closely at how people become transformed through the role education plays in their lives.
“Our symbol for the event as people will notice is a butterfly which symbolises the emergence of a younger or older woman and how they have become empowered after education.”
International Women's Day event speakers include:
Oke began STEPS with CQUniversity in 2006 and after was accepted into Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Accounting in 2007.
During her undergraduate studies, Oke was also a CQUniversity Student Mentor.
After a year of her dual degree, Oke was privileged to attend a pacemaker insertion by Dr Conradie and felt her calling was into the medical field so in the eleventh hour she just made it into Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2009 and graduated in 2014 with Distinction.
Oke went on and completed the Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound and graduated in 2020.
Kristie-Lee began STEPS with CQUniversity in 2015, then moved into the Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2016, graduating with First Class Honours in March 2020.
In July of 2016, Kristie-Lee also became a student member of the Motivation of Health Behaviours (MoHB) Lab and has since been involved in numerous research projects, scientific publications, and research presentations.
In July 2020, Kristie-Lee began her PhD with a focus on the role of identity in behaviour change and maintenance, and has stepped into a RHD leadership role within the Appleton Institute and the Centre for Research in Equity and Advancement of Teaching and Education (CREATE).
Raven was accepted into the STEPS program at the Bundaberg campus in 2015 and was then accepted into the Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2016.
During her undergrad studies, Raven was a student mentor and worked within the university as a Participation Assistant, supporting inclusion and equity students.
Raven completed her bachelor’s degree in 2019 and a Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence Practice in 2020.
Raven was accepted into the Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours in 2021, completing it this year, she also holds a Life Skills Coaching Diploma, and a Cert 3 in Information Technology and Digital Media.
Le-Anne encouraged people to purchase their tickets to the event and said there would be a chance to hear from inspiring guest speakers while supporting a great not-for-profit organisation.
“This is one of our major fundraisers for the year and we also have some other great projects coming up,” she said.
“It is a wonderful event for ladies and gentlemen of Bundaberg to catch up and network and enjoy each other’s company.”
You can purchase tickets for the event here.
What: Zonta Club of Bundaberg International Women’s Day Breakfast
Where: Rowers on the River
When: Sunday 6 March 2022
Time: 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Cost: $35 per ticket; $350 table of 10
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