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Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives in business and the professions, working together, to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health, and professional status of women at the global and local level t...
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Julian Oldfield Citation for the Denis Bateman Award 2016 presented at the Rotary Dinner, Thursday 3 March 2016, by BAF Life Member Val Sarah
Val Sarah A.M. - 2013 Winner of the Denis Bateman Award
Val was born in the UK and raised and schooled there before arriving in Australia in the early 60's.
was one of two siblings born and raised in Britain and Canada. Schooled
in Norwich and Brighton being Head Pupil of both institutions attended.
received a Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Award, and Speaks French and German.
has a wide variety of interests including:
has two daughters, Virginia Sarah and Olivia Sarah-Le Lacheur who is married to Gregory Le Lacheur.
Prior to her coming to Australia, Val was Private Secretary at Anglia TV, UK and became Anglia's First Woman Announcer, Producer, Presenter and Newsreader.
Val repeated her TV pioneering by being the first Woman Announcer, BTV6, Western Victoria (now WIN TV), Producer.
Presenter of "The Midday Show", "Wednesday Magazine
" & other Documentaries.
After Val left the world of TV she was well occupied in other areas.
From 1989 -2004 Val was the Community Liaison at CAFS (Child and Family Services Ballarat inc) being responsible for Donor Acquisition, Fundraising, Media Promotions, Publications.
Public Relations, Management/Volunteer Personnel, Archivist.
has been widely recognised for her
achievements from Best Actress Awards, Community Service Awards, Entry in numerous publications including, "Who's Who of Australian Women" and the Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2006
In 2001 Val
was awarded Member, Order of Australia
in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to women internationally, and to the community through cultural, social welfare and youth organisations.
In February of 2012, Val
was invested as a Dame of Honour of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller.
Val was the Coordinator of the 30th Anniversary Exhibition "Walking In Their Shoes" celebrating 30 years of service and advocacy by the Zonta Club of Ballarat. (2008)
During 2009, Val MC'd the District Conference in Old Parliament House Canberra for ZI District 24 and also the DC in Ballarat
for District 23.
At present Val
is on the Zonta
International Executive and has & will be flitting off to HQ in Chicago where she
is greatly involved in the archiving of the history of Zonta amongst many other activities.
Val Sarah AM, PIP, Centennial Anniversary Celebrations, Consultant
Val Sarah AM (PIP)
District 24 Conference
MC for the Conference - Val Sarah, Past International President of Zonta International
District Governor of District 16
in 1986-1988 (when it encompassed all of Australia and New Zealand) and a member of the Zonta International Board for 8 years from 1992, Val
is known to Zontians all over the world from her
time as Zonta International President for the 1998-2000 Zonta Biennium.
It was a momentous time, embracing the celebration of Zonta's 80th birthday in 1999, the end of a century and the dawn of a new millennium.
During this time, emails revolutionised the way Zonta
conducts business, manuals needed to be revised, a legislative awareness and advocacy program came into being and a history of the organisation was written as a prelude to the centenary of Zonta in 2019.
tells us she
is honoured to have been invited to participate in the District 24 Conference, and is looking forward to renewing friendships and listening to Zontians with enthusiastic ideas to share!
Val Sarah (PIP) ...
Val Sarah (PIP)