Woman of Achievement Award
WOA was established in 1985 and is awarded to a woman who personifies the spirit and humanitarianism of Zonta.
This award is given every two years.
The recipient exhibits commitment through service or advocacy to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women.
The recipient has not previously been recognised at a State or national level for the work she is currently doing but whose contribution has been significant.
Members of Zonta are not eligible.
Prize is $500 towards the winner’s nominated charity.
ZPNS member Chris Tapley, President Wendy Dowling with the 2020 Winner of Woman of Achievement, Jenny Gartrell.
Since 2007, Jenny has been committed to improving the lives of women and children in the village of Bombo, Kenya. She initiated a number of micro businesses which gave the local women financial independence. In addition, Jenny established SCKATE-Southern Cross Kenya Aid To Educate which, in the past decade, has seen a rundown school without running water, sanitation or electricity flourish with the building of 5 classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet block. It now caters for 150 students in primary education and 50 in various high schools Cand tertiary institutions. The $50,000 yearly cost is funded through sponsorship and fundraising in WA.
Jenny’s generosity and compassion has impacted the lives of a whole community. The children of Bombo are provided with a quality education, two meals a day and free access to medical help. Members of the community are gainfully employed and the economy of the village has improved.
The long term status of women in this community has a brighter future. Jenny definitely embodies the ideals of Zonta International.