2017 District 22 Young Women in Public Affairs Award Winner
Many human rights issues are inherently gendered, which is why Linden Peacock’s greatest passion is working to solve gender inequality on a global scale. Currently in her second year of a Bachelors of Arts/Laws at the University of Queensland, she hopes to specifically tackle violence against women upon graduation. In addition to her studies, Linden volunteers as Human Resources Director for UN Youth Queensland, a youth-led non-for-profit organisation that educates young people on the United Nations’ mission and goals, and mentors a team of high school students in gender advocacy at the One Woman Project. In her spare time, Linden can be found practicing Korean for her Diploma in Languages and admiring Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits. Linden was nominated by the Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc.
2016 District 22 JM Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Winner
The 2016 District 22 winner is Ms Georgia Grayson, nominated by the Zonta Club of Noosa Inc. Georgia is a student at the University of the Sunshine Cost, studying Tourism, Leisure and Event Management.Georgia may describe herself as an ‘idealist’ but she is realistically mapping a pathway forward. She believes that we can eliminate ‘poverty’ by enhancing and forging connections through tourism and international development.
Her passion for her study and her work as a Research Assistant at USC in both marketing and international development has further sparked her ambitions to undertake an honours degree to study tourism’s potential to alleviate poverty. A very real concept noted by the United Nations.
Further ambitions: Georgia would like to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship which would allow her to study at Oxford University, along with the ultimate ambition to work at the United Nations.
2016 International and District 22 Young Women in Public Affairs Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs District 22 Winner, Phoebe Frederick.
Phoebe is currently studying a Bachelor of Law/Arts at the University of Queensland, majoring in Public Policy and International Relations. With this degree she learns about global issues International Relations and then about the solutions with Public Policy. Her degree allows her to feed her curiosity and fulfills her moral obligation to make positive change in the world. With law, she learns about legal institutions of change, not just political structures. In her spare time,she volunteers at Boe Williams Anderson, a boutique human rights law firm, where she researches legal issues and completes administrative tasks.
After graduation Phoebe would like to work in policy development, in the NGO sector, with a think tank or with an intergovernmental organisation. In 2016, she will be volunteering with the not-for-profit, UN Youth Australia, 180 Degrees Consulting, the Women’s Collective and the UQ Law Society.
Phoebe was the Zonta Club of Brisbane East Inc winner.
2015 District 22 JM Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to our 2015 District 22 JM Klausman Winner
Dr Maria Tyler is a Certified Practising Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), a Bachelor of Information Systems, a Bachelor of Business (Honours First Class), and a doctorate in Carbon Emissions Disclosure. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate and a Graduate Diploma in Management, as well as a Diploma in Finance Services (Conveyancing). She is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia. She is the immediate past chair of the Mackay Branch of Certified Practising Accountants. She has also been a Queensland Justice of the Peace (Qualified) since 2001.
Maria currently works as the Finance Manager for a medium size community health organisation, and also lectures in business at CQ University (Mackay Campus). She has experience in taxation, superannuation, audit, financial accounting, management accounting and non-profit accounting.
Maria is active in the community with a number of volunteer roles (both related and unrelated to her profession). In 2015, Maria celebrated 10 years of marriage to her best friend, Rob, and together they are raising their young family in Mackay, Queensland.
2015 International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Winner
Congratulations to our District 22 YWPA Winner, Sophie Ryan, who has gone on to become a Zonta International Award winner.
Sophie is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws program and concurrent Diploma in Languages at The University of Queensland, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and Studies in Religion. Sophie is passionate about public affairs and issues of both domestic and international concern—she is a part of numerous university-based groups including Oxfam, the Red Cross Society, Oaktree, Amnesty International, the Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition, United Nations Student Association, Debating Society, Justice and the Law Association, Australian Legal Philosophy Student Association and Law Society. Her high school record reflects a similar depth and variety of involvement in a wide range of service groups. Sophie is particularly interested in the growing intersection between religious issues and conflict globally, as this is reflected in her role as the Multi-Faith Multicultural Centre Youth Ambassador. In this position, Sophie addressed UNESCO in Paris in 2014 on the role of youth in inter-faith dialogue and cultural understanding. She also spent time in Bihar, India, in 2014, where she stayed with and learnt about diverse faith groups. The pinnacle of this trip was living with the Yacoob family, the custodians of the Nakhoda Mosque, the principal mosque of Kolkata. Sophie became the first woman to climb one of the minarets of this mosque.
The advancement of women is at the heart of Sophie’s ambitions. Earlier this year she represented Australia at the Harvard World Model United Nations in Seoul, South Korea, on the Third General Assembly, addressing the issue of violence against women. The YWPA award will help Sophie to give back more to the community in helping her to continue her studies at The University of Queensland. She also hopes she will now be able to attend the 2016 Harvard World Model United Nations, a prospect which, without this award, she would have been unable to consider. The Zonta Club of Brisbane North were very impressed with Sophie’s achievements when they selected her as their nominee, and believe she is a fine role model and potential mentor to many in the future.
2015 Amelia Earhart Fellow
Congratulations to Elyse Fahy on being awarded one of our Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships. Elyse is a post-graduate student at the University of Queensland studying in aeropsace engineering.
Elyse’s research is aimed at increasing the knowledge of extreme conditions experienced during spacecraft re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, she is concerned with a vehicle’s thermal protection system, which is critical for surviving the extreme velocities, heat and radiation experienced in the vehicle shock layer during re-entry. Her project aims to recreate the flight spectra from a trajectory point on the recent flight of the Hayabusa spacecraft re-entry in expansion tubes, and also using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Matching flight data will validate ground testing methods and enable a more robust design process, refining the thermal protection system through results of expansion tube experiments and CFD. She has recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the European Space Agency on a project on ablation-radiation coupling. Elyse is passionate about encouraging others to seek careers in science and engineering. She plays the violin in an orchestra and also enjoys netball, dodgeball and skiing.
2014 District 22 JMK Women in Business Scholarship Winner
The District congratulates our 2014 JMK Scholarship Award Winner, Rebecca Cuzzabbo Rebecca is currently enrolled in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Arts and will pursue a further year in Economics (Honours). Her goal is to maintain a high GPA throughout the final years whilst remaining involved in the community and achieving a balance between studies, employment and personal life. She thoroughly enjoy Economics due to its relevance and applicability in everyday live – from individual decision-making to international trade and finance and is particularly interested in the impact that government economic policies (both in Australia and overseas) have on individuals. Rebecca believes that enhancing public policy can significantly improve welfare in the community, especially for women. Whilst more women are studying Economics, the top management and board positions are still largely male-dominated she believes this is something that believe must change. After completing my studies, she hopes to work for the Reserve Bank of Australia or a consulting firm advising on public economic policy. In addition to Economics, her majors in International Relations and Psychology will provide her with an invaluable foundation for pursuing her goals The ability to interact effectively with people provided by these fields is a vital skill in any career. Having lived overseas in South Africa and Singapore, she has already enjoyed the opportunity to gain insight into different cultures, lifestyles and ways of thinking. She completed two years of schooling in South Africa, where she learnt to speak Afrikaans and was also moved by the prevalent, severe economic disparity. Her last three years of schooling were aat the Australian International School of Singapore, where again she was exposed to a multicultural environment that developed her international focus. She hopes ultimately to work for an international organisation aimed at improving welfare on a global scale, such as the United Nations, World Bank or International Monetary Fund. Whilst studying and working as a tutor at The University of Queensland, she has remained passionate about her involvement in the community and making improvements locally. During the past 18 months, she has volunteered with Red Frogs on a weekly basis in universities, colleges, conferences and at “Schoolies”. In 2013, she was part of a team of four Red Frogs supporting school-leavers on Mana Island,Fiji. She also volunteers at her local church as a Young Adults Leader, serving at conferences and welcoming new people into the church and has attended Citipointe’s Women’s Conference over the past two years and shall do so again this year. Rebecca says that the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship will provide greatly appreciated assistance as she completes her degree programs. Because she is a student living out of home, this scholarship will contribute to academic costs such as textbooks and supplies as well as general living costs. This financial support will be highly valued as she forgoes another year of full-time work to invest in further studies. Rebecca believes this extra year in Honours will not only be challenging and personally rewarding, but also provide a competitive edge in attaining her career aspirations.