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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.

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My name is Hameed Cina. My life in Australia today is the life of a normal citizen, ordinary by any standard. I’m married, I have two young daughters and I have a good job that I love. I also volunteer a lot of my free time for my community. But the way in which I arrived at this point in my life was definitely not ordinary.

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