High school students participating in the Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme were mentored this week by former NSW governor, the Hon. Professor Marie Bashir, at a dinner hosted by Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet MP.
Professor Bashir met with the students at The Australian Brewery in Rouse Hill and shared several stories and valuable lessons she learnt throughout her life and career, while encouraging them to be the country’s next generation of leaders.
“Young Australians are capable to be conductors of the Asia-Pacific orchestra,” she said, using a music analogy after telling the students she recently started violin lessons again.
“The youth of today are the best generation to take action and be leaders in their communities.”
Year 12 student and Programme participant Brent Silvers-Remilton from Windsor High School said he was honoured to have had the opportunity to listen and learn from the former NSW leader.
“Having dinner at the Australian Brewery whilst being mentored by Dame Bashir was such a memorable night. She is a very inspiring leader and taught me so much that will help me develop my leadership skills,” he said.
Arndell Anglican College student Thomas Dobson said the mentor dinner was a “wonderful success and a deeply insightful experience for all those who attended”.
“Dame Bashir imparted on us several valuable lessons that we can take with us for the rest of our lives, in particular the core values that embody her character; her compassion, diligence and understanding were particularly resonant,” he said.
Mr Perrottet committed to running the Hawkesbury-Hills Student Leadership Programme in March 2015, following the success of s similar program he coordinated in The Hills in 2014.
The Programme provides opportunities for high-school students to develop strong leadership skills through a series of mentoring events with Australian leaders, culminating in a week-long service project as an alternative to ‘Schoolies Week’.
This year, students in the Programme will travel to Uluru-Ayers Rock to do service work and learn alongside students and staff at Nyangatjatjara College.
The next mentoring event in the Programme will feature Commonwealth Bank Managing Director and CEO Ian Narev, a leader in business and philanthropy.