“It was an honour for Deputy Principal Mary Duma and I to attend the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association Youth Community Service Awards ceremony to see IGS Head Girl Grace Truman take her place as one of 25 outstanding recipients,” said IGS Principal Shauna Colnan.
“Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales acknowledged Grace’s extraordinary leadership strengths.”
The Governor commented on the ways in which Grace has used STEM and the arts and her many talents so powerfully to engage with such a wide range of people in the community.
“Grace, congratulations! We are so proud of you.”
Grace said attending the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association’s Youth Community Service Awards was an incredible honour.
“I am in awe of the work that my fellow award recipients have done in areas ranging from climate activism to dementia advocacy, refugee and asylum seeker activism to recognition of Aboriginal culture and advocacy for Indigenous Australian students. Hearing about their selfless acts of service for their communities has made me even more optimistic about the future,” Grace said.
“Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC. spoke with each of us award recipients individually and I was particularly inspired by her message to us all that great leaders are not only proactive in finding solutions for community needs, they actively encourage others to lead and be a part of the change.
“The ceremony was an afternoon like no other, and I hope that I have the chance to meet all the other award recipients in person on the other side of COVID.”
IGS warmly congratulates Grace and fellow recipients.