September 10, 11 and 12 were the dates for our District 23 Conference in Bendigo. District 23 covers the States of West Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria with a total of 37 clubs. Unfortunately after a year or more preparation Covid did not allow us to meet in persons and Victorian Covid restrictions certainly did not allow interstate travel. So in great Zonta spirit the organising committee did a great job of turning our Conference into a virtual event. Business sessions were conducted on both Friday and Saturday along with several amazing guest speakers. Journalist and author Jess Hill joined us on Saturday morning and discussed her book "See What you made me do"and pod casts about coercive behaviour. The theme of the conference was "Creating New Opportunities" and Saturdays speaker Sue Mills, an Engineer (in a very male dominated industry) from Kirkland Lake Gold spoke about the challenges of being a female manager in the gold mining industry.
Whilst it would have been a fabulous experience to see all our speakers face to face Mary Crook's, (Executive Officer of the Victorian Women's Trust) topic in the form of wise counsel, stories and her process on creating effective change were all outstanding and not compromised at all by the online delivery
Tamara Wilson gave us an insightful presentation about Mental Health first Aid (MHFA) The MHFA program is a District 23 project and Tamara helped clarify exactly what MHFA training is all about. Several clubs in District 23 are now delivering MHFA training
We also had a Gender Equity/Climate Action Panel including 1 Million Women founder Natalie Isaacs, and our District 23 Futurist & Leadership Co-ordinator Carol Theobald
For some great photos go to the Picture Gallery