Student awarded Anzac ambassadorship
Her selection for the Premier’s Anzac Ambassador Program, sponsored by ClubsNSW, is the result of a 1000-word essay she submitted as part of the application process, which answered the question ‘why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia?’
The six chosen ambassadors have been rewarded with the opportunity of a lifetime where they get to visit historic battlefields overseas, retracing the steps that our Australian soldiers took in Athens, Lemons, VillersBretonneux, Passchendaele and London across a 10-day tour in October.
This year’s judges of the applications included the Hon David Elliott, Minister for Veterans Affairs, MS Eleni Petinos, Member for Miranda, Mr Steve Kamper, Member for Rockdale, Mr Nathan Rees, former NSW Premier, and Colonel Don Tait.
In her articulately-written essay, Ellen spoke about the natural changing of times and the paradise we now live in that was built on the blood and suffering of our soldiers in World War I. She wrote “although this occurrence is far from recent, its heartbreaking memory is still relevant”, as she honoured the efforts of those young and old, suggesting ultimately that the centenary of Anzac is important to modern Australia because of how it now defines us.
“I am incredibly proud to congratulate Ellen Lavis on being selected as a 2018 Premier’s Anzac ambassador,” relieving school Principal Ruth Winfield said.
“Her understanding of the importance of the centenary of Anzac for modern Australia was insightful and deeply respectful.
“Ellen truly deserves to be selected as one of six students from across NSW.”
The six ambassadors were officially announced
Year 10 Corowa High School student Ellen Lavis was selected as one of six NSW students to be a 2018 Anzac Ambassador.
on Thursday, September 27 in the Speaker’s Garden at Parliament House.
Member for Albury, Greg Aplin was present to congratulate Ellen on being one of six successful students.
“Ellen Lavis is about to embark on a journey of a lifetime and I know the whole community wishes her the best and will be eager to hear about what she learns on the tour,” Mr Aplin said.
Minister for Veteran Affairs David Elliott said the tour will bring the Anzac story to life for Ellen, who will learn about the contribution of Anzac soldiers.
“It was a tough competition and while not everyone was successful, these Anzac Ambassadors will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our diggers and deepen their understanding of a legacy that has shaped Australia’s history,” Mr Elliott said.
ClubsNSW Director Sallianne Faulkner said the club industry was proud to help educate the next generation about the importance of our Anzac history.
“It’s one thing to learn about Australia’s history in the classroom, but it’s quite another to physically retrace our soldiers’ footsteps abroad,” Ms Faulkner said.
Ellen will leave on Sunday, October 28 and return on Wednesday, November 7. You can follow her journey by liking the Your Local Club Facebook page or by following Your Local Club on Instagram.
Ellen Lavis (middle left) will depart on a 10-day tour of a lifetime in late October after she was one of six ambassadors chosen for this year’s Anzac program. Also pictured are the five other ambassadors with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Minister for Veteran Affairs David Elliott, Rockdale MP Steve Kamper, Miranda MP Eleni Petinos and ClubsNSW Director Sallianne Faulkner.
Ellen with Premier, Minister for Veteran Affairs, Greg Aplin and her parents.