StarJam star has influence
Julie Bartlett has helped young people with disabilities gain the respect and pride of their loved ones through her performing arts charity StarJam.
Now its her turn to shine.
Bartlett is a finalist in the newly added arts category of this year’s Fairfax Media and Westpac Women of Influence Awards.
She’ll be among contenders from around the country attending a gala dinner at SkyCity on October 8 where the 2014 winners will be announced.
Bartlett set up the Remuera-based charity with her husband Roy in 2002.
She was inspired by her late younger brother Ross Moses who had Down Syndrome, after he gave an ‘‘inspiring, spontaneous’’ speech at her wedding that had a massive impact on her guests.
Even old friends started treating him like a real person for the first time, she says.
The charity gives young people with disabilities the chance to perform through music and dance.
‘‘Now their siblings are proud of them instead of being ashamed,’’ Bartlett says.
Bartlett stepped down as chief executive in 2012 to focus on new projects and says it’s inspiring to be a finalist.
The awards were established by Fairfax Media and Westpac in 2013 to identify New Zealand’s most inspiring women across a range of eight categories.
Proud finalist: StarJam founder Julie Bartlett is among finalists in this year’s Women of Influence Awards.