Zonta Club of Port Lincoln celebrates local women

The Zonta Club of Port Lincoln honoured local women as it hosted a Celebration of Women event late last month at Boston Bay Winery.

Club board director Jodie Sawley and club president Rosii Pedler paid tribute and read respective citations for the Women of Achievement awardees Jolene Miller and Kellie Taylor, who are both champions in their respective fields of work and within the community.

A Wirangu, Mirning and Kookatha woman, Ms Miller has lived in Port Lincoln most of her life and worked in education for a long time - she is currently the manager of the Workabout Centre program which connects Aboriginal secondary students with education and employment pathways - and she said helping young people around the West Coast develop kept her going.

Giving talks and getting young people together for glamour days and sports events is something she enjoys.

Ms Miller was responsible for initiating the Weena Yarns program, which is currently being supported by West Coast Youth and Community Support and facilitated through Mentally Fit EP, to inspire and empower young women to develop confidence and skills.

She continues to make a positive impact on the lives of many young women and is a professional leader in her field, and her ability to inspire those around her is why Ms Miller was celebrated as a Woman of Achievement.

Fellow awardee Kellie Taylor has completed a Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology in the Chemistry/Biology stream.

Her background has enthusiastically merged scientific fields and industries in applied sciences and her training includes drilling fluids engineering, contaminated site assessments, asbestos assessor, mould technician and auditing.

She has enjoyed following her curiosity through universities to the Kalgoorlie goldfields, to the oil rigs in the North Sea, Cooper Basin, Bass Strait, to the high-paced major environmental testing laboratories in Sydney, and then back to Cummins.

She is currently the managing director of EP Analysis, an environmental sampling and testing laboratory she co-founded with her husband in 2009.

Ms Taylor is passionate about using scientific detail and education to encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism in youth and regional environments.

She was recognised as a 2020 SA Agrifutures Rural Women's Award finalist, and the 2020 Regional Showcase Lifelong Learning Award winner, while her dream is to revolutionise how science is taught in schools in regional areas.

Those attending the outing were treated to a delicious lunch, raffles, wonderful company and guest speaker Jenny Podorozhnaya, who shared an insight into her life and career as a psychotherapist and owner of Positive Future Self.

Professionalism and genuine care for people, and an innate sense of empathy and humour, makes her a natural in her field of work.

Funds raised on the day will go towards purchasing birthing kits, an initiative of Zonta and the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia, to help provide equipment needed for safe delivery in childbirth for mothers and babies.

The next Zonta Club of Port Lincoln meeting is on Tuesday, July 27 at the Grand Tasman Hotel meeting room, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

The guest speaker will be author, counsellor and life coach Cari Schuster.

All are welcome - RSVP to Pam Carmody on 0400 644 480.

The next birthing kit assembly workshop is on Sunday, August 15 at 2pm, at St Joseph's School boarding house meeting room, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Rosii Pedler 0428 767 749.