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Local Women Celebrated At Bowen Event

Guests had a fantastic time at this years’ International Women’s Day High Tea hosted by The Zonta Club of Bowen on Sunday.

A crowd of 85 attended the event held at Wangaratta Bowls Club in Queens Beach.

Attendees reportedly had a whirl and said the food was amazing.

Numerous guest speakers attended the event, including Associate Professor Carmen Parter who spoke about her family life, work life and her strong belief of standing together united.

Suited to Success representative, Emma Galligan gave a presentation by dressing Zonta employee Nan, in three different outfits with varying accessories to create four different outfits for different scenarios.

Suited to Success provides free styling, clothing, and career support services for people in need throughout Queensland. 

Final guest speaker was Katrina Smith, she is studying Bachelor of Nursing through Central Qld University, while also working at Bowen Hospital and she won the 2024 Bursary Award on the day.

Other awards at the event were the Community Recognition Awards and this year more categories were added.

The Agent of Change award is given to a local lady or ladies who are recognised for their tireless work towards bettering the community.

This years’ winners were, Chris Storrie, Anne Steen, Jenn Honnery, Dee Jastremski, Shelley Tait and Kasie Lane.

Mover of Mountains award is given to the local lady or ladies who have achieved big things for the Bowen community with Christine Coventry and Julies Jurgens winning the award this year.

The Group Greatness is awarded to a local club or group that has proved themselves numerous times to be pillars of the community and this years’ winner was The Bowen Community Op-Shop Volunteer Ladies.

Susanne Gaffney; Sharyn Stoessel; Cheryl Throssell; Carmen Lynch; Heather Johnston; Christine Prosser.

1: L to R: Chris Storrie; Anne Steen; Jenn Honnery; Dee Jastremski; Shelley Tait; & Kasie Lane with Zonta President Jacintha Nawia

2: Christine Coventry; Julies Jurgens with Zonta President Jacintha Nawia

3: L to R:  Susanne Gaffney; Sharyn Stoessel; Cheryl Throssell; Carmen Lynch; Heather Johnston; Christine Prosser, with Zonta President Jacintha Nawia

4: Associate Professor Carmen Parter  

5: Emma Galligan from Suited to Success

6: 2024 Bursary winner Katrina Smith

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