IGS alumna inspires students

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) "No plastic in nature" Policy Manager Katinka Day (2005) explained her role and shared her beliefs about the importance of promoting change for the better.

After leaving IGS, Katinka completed a Commerce degree and worked in marketing before turning to the Not For Profit sector to enable improvements to animal welfare, the environment and human health.

“IGS enabled me to achieve in the areas that interested me,” Katinka said.

“Not being forced down a particular route was really beneficial in becoming my own person.

“It was a really solid foundation.”

Katinka came to IGS fresh from the Prime Minister’s Plastics Summit in Canberra.

Katinka said “young people have a voice and they should exercise it.”

Katinka with IGS Principal Shauna Colnan and Director of Advancement Julia Glass

Her advice on enacting change?

“One, if you want an issue changed you have to see who has the power.

“Two, contact them, this might be as simple as a petition or writing to them on social.

“Three, power in numbers. Keep contacting them and encourage your friends and family to do the same.”

To wrap up her speech Katinka shared with our students a wise quote from Margaret Mead that keeps her inspired to continue her efforts when she’s feeling powerless:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Kantinka reunites with her former IGS teachers