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Zonta International was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919. Five women attended a social meeting of Kiwanis, an established all male service club, and conceived the formation of a new service club, to be composed of women who were recognised leaders in ... more

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Employment History

District Governor

District 16


Board Member

National Committee Member
United Nations Development Fund for Women

Community Liaison

Order of Australia

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Val Sarah AM, PIP, ... [cached]

Val Sarah AM, PIP, Consultant

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Val Sarah AM, PIP, Centennial Anniversary Celebrations, Consultant

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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.
Val was one of two siblings born and raised in Britain and Canada. Schooled in Norwich and Brighton being Head Pupil of both institutions attended. She received a Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Award, and Speaks French and German.
Val has a wide variety of interests including:
Val 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.
Val 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.

International Committee Members 2012-2014 [cached]

Val Sarah, Chairman Past International President Zonta Club of Ballarat Inc., Australia

The Ballarat Independent. | International Women's Day Today! [cached]

Past Zonta International President Val Sarah quotes the Executive Director of UN Women Australia in observing that "increasing women's access to quality education, meaningful employment, land and other resources contributes positively to gender inclusion, sustainable development and growth in prosperity.

Val says that "for over a century, since 1911, women have celebrated the day-to-day contribution made by women in communities great and small around the world - to their families, to their communities, in their workplaces, and to their nations.

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