I thought on the last Wednesday of the year we would revisit one of this year’s most influential woman with the bonus being its her birthday today! Plus, it’s nice to have a bit of holiday poetry!
Reintroducing Taryn Brumfitt…….
Women around the world take comfort
From the epiphany presented to Taryn Brumfitt
Finding her post baby body hard to face
Taryn resolved it to be a surgery case
She booked in for a tummy tuck
Then, the epiphany struck….
“How can I teach my daughter to love her body
When it’s mine, I need to embody?”
A Body Image Movement started
Her previous life departed
A before and after photo went viral
The movement caught in a spiral
A book launch
A happy body stood staunch
I would just like to say to all the Wednesday’s Woman followers and supporters, thanks for your fantastic feedback and encouragement throughout the year even though there has been a drop off in the last half of the year!
The drop off occurred for a couple of reasons, mainly I have been lucky enough to teach photography on Wednesdays at Uni SA since July and with teaching comes learning and I’ve discovered, I love teaching!! I’ve also done some private teaching sessions and mentoring this year as well.
“Let us be up and doing” exhibition has been on the road travelling too, we went to Renmark, Quorn and Mt Gambier country shows and enjoyed some great feedback.
Please accept my apologies for the irregular blogs and know there are so many new women to feature in the future.
If anyone has any suggestions of people, companies, business etc that would like to sponsor the Wednesday’s Woman blog through selected advertising then please let me know. It will help to keep the page more regular (eg. I would be made accountable!!).
Meanwhile, please enjoy your Christmas and New Year with some inspiration from Mrs Claus…
Helen Skidzevicius loves Christmas! Her partner and her dress up every year, decorate the house, the car and spread the magic of Christmas around their community.
Helen is also known as The Pudd’n Lady because she hand makes chocolate Christmas puddings with liquor, cherries and the recent addition of her secret spiced gingerbread flavoured puddings.
With one child living away from Australia and no grandchildren, Helen buys gifts for people in need and donates them to the wishing tree.
Helen has a lot going on in her life; full time carer for her partner, scorer for softball on Saturdays, sewing, painting and all things craft plus the Christmas puddings! She will be thankful for a quite one on Christmas Day and will be enjoying a traditional lunch, time with her partner and sparkling wine!
As we are currently celebrating National Science week, I thought I would highlight Professor Tanya Monro who I first started photographing at the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing. She is now the University of South Australia’s deputy vice-chancellor of research and innovation.
Since winning her first major award, The Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian university in 1998, Professor Tanya Monro has gone on to become a superhero of science! She has won more awards and has more letters after her name than any early forty year old woman I know, including the prestigious Eureka Prize one year ago for her breakthrough cancer research. She was also the 2011 South Australian of the Year.
Not only is Tanya a smart physicist but she is a fantastic role model for women, young and old, encouraging them to embrace science.
As part of Science week, this Friday there will be a display of women in science projected on the Flinders University Building in Victoria Square where I’m lucky enough to have my photos of Tanya on show.
If Paula Nagel looks or sounds familiar to you, it’s because she has been deeply involved with journalism and eduction in Adelaide as well as interstate for many years. Her first public exposure was on ABC Television’s current affairs program “This Day Tonight” as the first female reporter in 1967.
Paula stayed with the ABC for 21 years fulfilling a number of different roles, in particular producing education and arts programs. Every so often you can hear her on Adelaide ABC radio with Peter Goers.
Life after the ABC saw her being head-hunted for many executive roles and Boards. Ironically for a time she had her own headhunting company, NBC Resources specialising in and Board appointments. Paula has been involved with more than 15 Boards and Committees and is still active with many including the University of South Australia and recently became the first non-Muslim, on the Board of the Islamic College of South Australia.
I first met Paula in 2004 when she was Chairman of Eduction Adelaide and thus started a long tradition of my photographing this elegant silver haired lady who stands out from across the room at many and varied events, including when she was awarded the “Woman of Distinction in Education” in 2006 at the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council. This is my all time favourite photograph here of Paula Nagel!
Now, in her later years, Paula is embarking on a new education in elegance and make-up aimed at 60+ women, stay tuned for further developments!
Shivani Gupta is a Passion Activator, she helps you find your true passion and ways of bringing it into your working life. With first hand experience at changing professions to accommodate her passion, Shivani knows the keys to unlock a more fulfilling future.
Shivani has a Bachelor of Engineering and started her working life as an engineer for BHP. As a leader at BHP, she became instrumental in encouraging women into leadership roles and consequently won the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award. This soon became her passion and eventually she started her own business mentoring, coaching and public speaking, gathering an MBA and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) along the way.
Shivani says there are seven key areas in life and we should be satisfied mastering just three of them, most people have family as their number one passion in life but like me, Shivani is happy to admit work is number one but it doesn’t mean she loves her family any less. Shivani’s message to women is it’s ok to love your work!
Shivani along with five other business women in the Hunter Valley Region established Friends of Barefoot College Australia (FBCA) in Tilonia, India.
A quirky thing I discovered about Shivani, which I love, being into numbers and all, her birthday is on the 24th of July, ’24/7′ and this is her husband’s nickname for her as she in ON 24/7 and I doubt he would ever forget her birthday!
Last night I attended the 2016 Election Q+A hosted by Women in Media at the Advertiser and listen to the above women speak on politics and being a woman in politics. You may know that this topic is close to my heart and my recent work so I just had to feature them as today’s Wednesday’s Women.
The panel of women was diverse with two women running for the Senate and two for the House of Representatives and across the two major and the two (major) minor parties.
My recent exhibition “let us be up and doing” showcased women from South Australia who are former politicians but had achieved a major milestone, like first or longest. Last nights panel, if all elected, would still be ground breaking; Rebekha Sharkie would be the first woman to win the seat of Mayo; Kerrynne Liddle would be the first Aboriginal woman from South Australia to enter the Senate; Kate Ellis will continue as an MP, her 13th year and Sarah Hanson-Young will continue on as a Senator, her 9th year.
I chose last night as a good night to start my petition, “A Plead to Lead by example, Respect from the top down. Politicians quit bully behaviour.” In the footsteps of Mary Lee who travelled the colony (SA) in 1894 gaining 11,600 signatures for her petition to give women the right to vote, I plan to do the same with the above petition as I travel my exhibition around SA in the coming months. I was very pleased our leaders last night started off the handwritten petition with many of the media women signing on too. If you would like to sign the petition which will be presented to State and Federal Parliament, you can either catch me on the road or sign the digital petition here….
I had just finished photographing a building in Stirling last week when I saw Natasha delivering milk into the cafe I was in. “Yay” I thought “a woman doing a job I had only ever seen men doing”. I watched her and the staff in the cafe have a friendly chat, like I imagine they would every morning. I then seized the moment and asked to photograph her to show women around the world the variety of work choices they may not have considered.
Natasha started working in the Milk industry 14 years ago with her partner at the time but she was mainly in an administration capacity. They were contracted to Lion Nathan delivering all things dairy and juice into an array of businesses in the Adelaide Hills area.
Over the past 6 years things have altered, the partner has moved on and Natasha has fought to keep going on her own. Now days she packs, drives the truck and delivers herself with the help of two young lads.
When asked by her friends why she didn’t just sell the contract on, she says “I can’t really think of a good reason to give it up, I’m certainly not sick of it yet”. In fact, she quite enjoys the physical challenge and she appreciates the friendly contact with all of the different shop keepers. She is the first to say she doesn’t have the muscle mass of a man but she works very hard and gets her job done, enjoys it and brings smiles to the faces of the Hills folk.
If you believe good food shouldn’t go to waste, then you will appreciate Ronni Kahn’s mission.
I had the privilege of meeting and photographing Ronni for an exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in Canberra in 2011. Ronni and the whole crew were moved to ‘feel good’ tears as she told us her story.
In the process of questioning the purpose of her life, Ronni visited a friend and mentor in South Africa, and went to visit an aids clinic in Soweto her friend had set-up. As they travelled through the city her friend mentioned she was responsible for electricity in Soweto. To this news, Ronni thought “Wow, what must it feel like to know you have made an impact to over 1 million people?” Once she saw the Aids Clinic, Ronni knew her life would never be the same, she knew she wanted to make a significant contribution to society.
Ronni had been in the event industry and experienced first hand the food wastage from events. On occasions, she would hand deliver her left over food to charities and always felt good about doing so but with the concern about food wastage and people going hungry in Australia she thought there must be a better way. She then set-up the food rescue charity OzHarvest and had food legislation changed throughout the country enabling her to do this.
Food rescue is not the half eaten sandwich, it’s the food that has never touched the plate! The food which is left over in the kitchen or on the shelves that wasn’t sold before closing time or the excess food left over from an event, meeting in a boardroom or catering on a film shoot for example.
“Food is so much more than just filling our tummies, it’s about nutrition, it’s about nourishment, it’s about caring, it’s about support”
The second impact of OzHarvest’s contribution to Australia and the world, Ronni could never have imagined is for every kilogram of food OzHarvest rescues, saves 2kg in methane gas and 143 litres of water. To date they have saved over 15 million kilograms of food that was destined for landfill.
OzHarvest collects good quality food from over 2000 commercial outlets and delivers it to over 800 charities with their fleet of 30+ highly visible yellow vans and has fed more than 45 million meals to people in need across most of Australia.
“In our society and our wonderful democracy of Australia, I think that individuals have the opportunity every single day to find a way in their lives to make a difference” stresses Ronni. This week is National Volunteer Week and Ronni knows only too well the value of volunteers in our society and the unlimited personal rewards volunteers receive when they volunteer.
“Not a day goes by where I don’t feel moved or blessed by the impact OzHarvest has had.”
It’s no surprise Ronni Kahn was named ‘Australian Local Hero’ in the 2010 Australian Of The Year Awards.