Taree High School student Quinn Patch has been awarded the Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award by the National Council of Women (NCW) NSW .
The award honours the example set by long-time member of NCW NSW, Dame Marie Bashir, when she was Governor of NSW.
The awards are open to all girls in NSW from school years 10-12.
The principal of each school is invited to nominate one student whom they consider has made a significant contribution to harmony or social justice through displaying leadership in fostering harmonious relationships and peace.
A Connected Communities School captain, Quinn respectfully performed the acknowledgement of Biripi Country on official occasions and supported younger SRC indigenous student representatives in their endeavours.
She has advocated and participated in ‘Friendship Field Trips’ for young migrant visits as part of the ‘Africa comes to the Manning Valley’ program, which aims to promote peace, harmony and development amongst refugees and migrants to garner new and positive relationships between rural and migrant young people.
Quinn also promoted and supported Wear It Purple Day 2016, the first time the school had engaged in the event.
Additionally, Quinn promoted the support of Share the Dignity charity, successfully bringing in the male students to give wholehearted support and sympathy.
Additionally, Quinn is a blood donor, chairs wellbeing meetings and has participated in a young leadership conference and student leadership program.