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MEDIA RELEASE - Emerging leader receives state scholarship

28 June 2017

Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith

A Glenelg Shire Council employee has been recognised for her efforts in health promotion after being awarded a scholarship for community excellence at a recent industry award ceremony.

Social Planner Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith was the co-recipient of the 2017 Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award at the Local Government Professionals (LGPro) Women’s Network Dinner last week.

The scholarship fund recognises a significant contribution to the community made by a young woman 35 years and under.

Ms Nagorcka-Smith will share in a $10,000 educational scholarship to undertake a component of a relevant tertiary course on an issue or area of work that will contribute to improve community life.

The 26 year old said she was humbled to receive the scholarship and hoped to use the funds to advance her knowledge and skills in social planning and collaborative community work.

“With so many deserving candidates it was such a pleasant surprise to hear my name called out on the night,” she said.

“I hope that with this scholarship I can continue to build upon Sally’s legacy of providing opportunities and support for members of the community who need it the most.

“In particular, I would love to be able to enhance the great work that has been occurring throughout the shire around issues such as gender equality and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex) inclusion.

“I would like to take the chance to thank all of my colleagues who have been supportive, particularly the women I work with who are so generous with their encouragement and mentoring. The Glenelg Shire Council is a great place to work and I am proud to be part of a dynamic team that is making a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of our community.”

Glenelg Shire Director Community Services Edith Farrell said she was thrilled to see Ms Nagorcka-Smith’s achievements recognised at a state-wide level.

“Phoebe is both proactive and passionate about creating long lasting social change and is a huge asset for the organisation and the Glenelg Shire community,” she said.

“She is a fantastic advocate for LGTBIQ inclusion, youth engagement and gender equality. One of her many notable achievements has been establishing council’s first ever Gender Equality Working Group.

“She has also been instrumental in producing key documents such as the Community Engagement Framework and the Healthy Catering Policy.

“She is currently developing the 2017-2021 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan in consultation with key health agencies and community organisations. This plan will play a vital role in enabling people living in the municipality to achieve maximum health and wellbeing outcomes.

“Phoebe is a well-deserving recipient of the Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award and I look forward to seeing how she will use her scholarship to benefit the Glenelg Shire community.”


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