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SSI Quality and Exit Coordinator Nasiba Akram was the joint winner of the Zonta International Woman of Achievement award, presented at a dinner event at the Killara Golf Club on September 11.


Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organisation of executives and professionals working to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. It has more than 30,000 members in over 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 65 countries. Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects.

Also in September, Nasiba was invited by Soroptimist International to present to the Hornsby group about her personal work in the community as well as her work at SSI. Ninety-thousand women belong to Soroptimist International, a worldwide service organisation committed to a world where women and girls together reach their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities. Both organisations have expressed great interest in and support of SSI, and donations of blankets, pillows and crockery have already been gratefully received by our clients.

Success stories

SSI Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Vile

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenSue Vile was among the first to be inducted into the SSI’s Armidale volunteer program, bringing with her a wealth of experience and existing training gathered from her time in aid work, in Australia and abroad.

A retired school teacher and nurse, Sue has dedicated an enormous amount of her time in recent years on the front line of humanitarian services, helping refugees at many stages of their journey to safety.


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