Zonta awards recognise wonderful women

Zonta Club members presented Leila Alsabak, right, with her award outside Howick College.

By Gay Gallagher

The Zonta Club of East Auckland’s Annual Awards Night is always a special event on our calendar.

Although lockdown changed the look of our Annual Awards ceremony, it didn’t affect the line-up of women and young women we could celebrate in our recent online awards evening on November 2.

The prestigious Zonta Young Woman in Public Affairs award was presented to Wei Tian Teo of Macleans College for her volunteer service and commitment to others.

Leila Alsabak of Howick College was chosen by the school for the Yr 12 Female Empowerment award for her leadership, mentoring others and her positive influence on others.

Leila has led the Howick College Z Club, whose membership has grown to 70 students on her watch.

Members presented her trophy at school after the ceremony.

The Zonta Founders’ Day Award was presented this year to Wendy Spiller, former District Commander Manukau Police, for her ongoing and significant contribution to our local community.

NZ Zonta Governor Desirae Kirby joined us online to present two Long Service awards to Jenny Phillipson (31 years) and Marion Jones (25 years).  Both ladies have served Zonta and our club well in many roles.

Finally our club recognised Sue Miller with the Service Appreciation Award for outstanding services to our Zonta East Auckland Club.  Sue, a charter member of the club in 1987, continues to be a very active member and current treasurer.

What a wonderful celebration of amazing women in our community!

  • Gay Gallagher is the president of Zonta Club of East Auckland.