International Women’s Day acknowledges the achievements of women today and throughout history. In Boroondara there are many women making their mark.
Celebrated on Monday 8 March 2021, this global awareness day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of all women.
This year’s theme is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’. To mark the occasion, we asked four leading Boroondara women to share their stories and advice for future leaders.
A voice for youth
A passion for politics led Sophie Chiew and Rino Suwa to participate in Youth Parliament, giving the pair an opportunity to learn about parliament and politics, operations, and have a chance to be heard.
“Try your hand at whatever you’re passionate about, even if you make mistakes in the process. You can’t become a leader if you don’t back yourself and give things a go,” Sophie said.
Rino’s advice was “don’t be afraid to try new things”.
“Stepping outside your comfort zone and overcoming challenges will give you confidence for the future," she said.
Encouragement, support and a drive for excellence
Eliza Roxborough-Judd is a leading young sports club ambassador in our community. Representing Camberwell Hockey Club, Eliza was a finalist in the Boroondara 2019 Young Clubperson of the Year awards. She’s contributed to the development of the junior programs, and also continues to volunteer and assist the club in activities which promote participation and a drive for excellence.
“I believe that the most effective way to guide and lead people through sport is by being adaptable, approachable and enthusiastic, through bringing a positive energy to the sporting environment and people around you,” she said.
“By encouraging and supporting the involvement of all individuals, you can guide them to be passionate and motivated about the success of their teams’ and individual performance."
Lifelong commitment to volunteering
Amanda Mandie is the Volunteer Program Director at Koala Kids Foundation. As a passionate leader in her field, volunteering has been a lifelong commitment and her work has extended across schools, football clubs, community groups and charity organisations.
In 2006, Amanda was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and although she previously experienced very poor mental health, once she became medically stable, she devoted her life to her family, friends and her voluntary work.
“I feel very privileged to spend my time to benefit my own mental health and the wellbeing of others.” Amanda encourages others to volunteer “to create challenges for one’s self in a non-professional environment and use one’s professional skills to benefit those who are who are disadvantaged."