Leadership leads to award


Award reward: Frankston High School acting senior campus principal Simon Cameron, left, and Mornington Peninsula Regional Group’s Helene Bender, Allan Pizzey and Brian Stahl congratulate Danai Harawa, right, on winning the Roy Ward Leadership Prize. Picture: Supplied

A FRANKSTON High School student has been recognised for ambassadorial and mentoring achievements as the winner of this year’s Roy Ward Leadership Prize.

Danai Harawa, a year 12 student, was declared the winner of the 2017 Roy Ward Leadership by a selection panel impressed by “n ability to manage change, which is one of the most difficult challenges of leadership”.

The award was presented by the Order of Australia Association, Mornington Peninsula Regional Group, on 18 August at the Safety Beach Sailing Club and Community Centre.

Nominations were invited from schools throughout Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

“Danai is passionate about human rights, justice and being a voice on behalf of others,” Mornington Peninsula Regional Group school awards programs convener Allan Pizzey said.

She is an ambassador for Project Rockit, an anti-cyberbullying program, and Share The Dignity, a campaign to provide homeless and at-risk women with sanitary products.

“Danai aims to be a positive influence for the people around her and to continue making change for the rest of her life,” Mr Pizzey said.

“She hopes to study international relations and law so that in the future her voice will not be limited to Australian communities, but the world around her.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 11 September 2017

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