Soroptimist International Bayside member, Jacky Burkett, recently received the Florence Drury Award for Excellence as a Soroptimist. Initiated by SI Gold Coast, this award honours Florence Drury who turned 100 earlier this year and who has been an active Soroptimist since 1962.

8xnIjIPQ CopyThe award is designed to recognise those club members who work tirelessly behind the scenes and whose efforts often go unrecognised. Jacky was selected from a number of other worthy nominees from clubs in the Region of South Queensland: Jackie Benton (SI Beenleigh), Wendy Lihou (SI Logan), Jenny McDonald (SI Gold Coast) and Chris Knight (SI Moreton North).

Jacky has served in various positions within the Bayside club from President through to her current role as Programme Convenor. Beyond the club level, she has also taken on roles as Region Delegate and Programme/United Nations Liaison as well as SI Australia Secretary.

This year, she chaired the committee which organised the highly successful and sold-out event, Women’s Voices, with Dr Jeannette Young as the key speaker, ensuring the event complied with Government regulations for COVID Safe practices.

Late last year, Jacky liaised with members of the local Zonta club of Wynnum Redland and Redland City Council to assist in organising the Walk the Talk – Redlands Coast Unites against Gender-Based Violence event through the streets of Cleveland in December. She also coordinated the ceremony at the end of the walk with women sharing their stories to those in the audience, thus raising awareness of the impact of violence on the women involved.

This year, she is also involved in preparing for the 16 Days of Activism to continue our pledge to unite against Family and Domestic Violence.

Jacky has also served as the Soroptimist representative on the Diner en Rouge organising committee for a number of years. This event, coordinated by Redlands City Council, raises much needed funds to support Redlands Coast residents affected by family and domestic violence.

Jacky has also recently taken on the role of President of the Maybanke Association Incorporated after having served as treasurer this year. Maybanke supports the emotional, mental and physical wellbeing of women and their children who are escaping domestic and family violence.

SI Bayside President, Sue Myers, who wrote the nomination, described Jacky as “epitomising the Soroptimist Mission of transforming the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities. She is the glue that holds our club together.”

Pictured: Soroptimist international Bayside member, Jacky Burkett, was presented with the Florence Drury Award for Excellence as a Soroptimist by South Queensland President, Vicki Bailey.

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(l to r) Jackie Benton, Chris Knight, Jennifer McDonald, Sue Myers (SI Bayside President accepting in Jacky Burkett's absence), Florence Drury and Wendy Lihou.