I have been a member of ZCBB since 2014. First heard of Zonta in its early stage from a member of the Perth Club who was visiting Sydney around 1968, in the early years of Zonta. It was impressive to talk to her about what her club was doing. It struck me that maybe it would be something I could make a contribution to the lives of women across the world when my retirement years came along as I could not fit it in my schedule at that time. My entire working life was as a secondary Maths Teacher for 51 years in 6 schools, which included being Head of Maths Department for 14 years.
I learnt more about the Zonta Club of Botany Bay from a club member who I had worked with for about 18 years.
I am married to Phil. My main interests are theatre, local parish social justice group and travel especially outback in Australia as I grew up in Broken Hill.
Silvana joined Zonta Botany Bay in 2020; she was introduced by a neighbour. She arrived in Australia from Argentina 42 years ago and has worked as an administrative and finance officer for a tertiary education institution for 36 years.
Silvana was very impressed by the commitment of the Zonta members in supporting women's causes and the way they give selflessly their time and effort to help those in need. She wanted an opportunity to give back to the community and help obtain positive outcomes.
Silvana's interests include cooking, travel, walking and reading. She has two adult children and one grandson.
Beverley Barrett has been a member of Zonta Club of Botany Bay since 2020.
The opportunity to contribute to the improvement of women and girls through service attracted her to Zonta.
She particularly enjoys supporting the community in practical ways, alongside likeminded women who have welcomed her so warmly into the club.
Beverley is interested in travel, attending the theatre and sewing, as well as walking and swimming.
Sonia joined Zonta Club of Sydney East and qualified as a Red Cross Psychological First Responder in 1997. In 2012, she transferred to Zonta Club of Botany Bay; she is the co-ordinator of Support Circular Quay, a Board member of South Eastern Community Connect and a long-term supporter of Catherine Hamlin’s Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.
Sonia, being dyslectic fled school at 14 years old. After a long and varied career in banking, finance and real estate Sonia was elected to South Sydney Council in 1989 and for 11 years cared for residents and businesses from Kings Cross through Redfern to Mascot. She has served on over 30 health and community service committees; her term included a 6-year appointment to the Central Sydney Planning Committee during the chaotic run-up to the 2000 Olympics.
During the 90’s Sonia was also Hon. Property Manager at St Johns Darlinghurst, established Rough Edges drop-in centre, was responsible for the restoration of the 1845 Blackett Gothic Revival Church and the 1885 Hill & Son organ – no mean feat for someone who is tone deaf.
Then back to real estate for 8 years as a Strata Manager she accumulated Australia’s largest and most challenging portfolio.
In 2009 Sonia realised her dream/scheme and restored the old Roslyn Gardens Function Centre at Peakhurst to become The Gardens on Forest. She is now looking to convert the property to Social Housing for Women over 55.