C2C winner strives “to make a difference”


Maree Adams [pictured] is a winner of the Country to Canberra (C2C) leadership competition. The 17-year-old Nhulunbuy High School student will participate in a scheme empowering regional, rural and remote teenage girls through education, leadership and mentorship.

Maree’s response to the question COURAGE TO CHALLENGE: what is the role of rural women in driving change in their communities? earned her one of 15 places in the national program.

The Year 11 student will contribute to C2C On Screen, a COVID-imposed facsimile of previously unrestricted Canberra visits.

The virtual event includes leadership workshops, mentoring, and meetings with state and federal politicians.

Maree said: “I entered Country to Canberra to help further my public speaking [skills] and to learn how to be a good leader and an inspiring young woman in Australia.

“I want to learn how to make a difference…and connect with current and emerging passionate leaders.”

The aspiring Army mechanic describes her English teachers as “inspiring and strong women”.

She added: “I know a few amazing females who were lucky enough to have the opportunity to take part in C2C On Screen, and they are some of the most powerful and inspiring leaders I know.

“I look forward to representing the NT, and I am very excited to meet other young rural women from across Australia.”

The Territory’s other contender was Dawnellen Batkin, a 15-year-old Katherine High School student.

C2C On Screen runs from 22 November to 24 November 2021.

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