‘Power Trip’ in­vi­ta­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

Be­fore the trip I wasn’t into pol­i­tics but from talk­ing to politi­cians, I feel like it’s at­tain­able. SHEKINAH TADERERA

MOSS­MAN High School grad­u­ate Shekinah Taderera rubbed shoul­ders with pow­er­ful fe­male lead­ers and politi­cians dur­ing a trip to Can­berra.

The 17-year-old was one of 18 young women cho­sen out of hun­dreds of en­trants for a ‘Power Trip’ to Can­berra with the Coun­try to Can­berra ini­tia­tive.

Shekinah said the ex­cur­sion helped her grow and find her pas­sion.

“It was amaz­ing,” Shekinah said. “There are a few things now that I re­alised I want to do. I want to be an en­tre­pre­neur and I feel like I have made con­nec­tions [through this trip] to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Ms Taderera said she wants to pur­sue a ca­reer in so­cial work and psy­chol­ogy.

“I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about help­ing younger girls who have faced trauma to find them­selves and their pas­sion,” she said.

“I feel very strong for the Moss­man com­mu­nity and I want to come back [af­ter study] to make a pos­i­tive change.”

Shekinah, along with other girls from ru­ral Aus­tralia, par­tic­i­pated in ac­tiv­i­ties to al­low them to fi­nesse their skills as young lead­ers.

They prac­tised their pub­lic speak­ing with TEDxCan­berra, net­worked with pow­er­ful women and sat down with sen­a­tors, like Pauline Han­son, in par­lia­ment.

“I learned any­one can be a leader,” Shekinah said.

“Be­fore the trip I wasn’t into pol­i­tics but from talk­ing to politi­cians, I feel like it’s at­tain­able. I can make a dif­fer­ence be­cause I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Shekinah said the ex­pe­ri­ence pushed her to step out of her com­fort zone and she en­cour­aged other young women from the Dou­glas re­gion to give it a go.

“I’d like for as many peo­ple, es­pe­cially from this area to try and en­ter this com­pe­ti­tion,” she said. “It’s an amaz­ing and ben­e­fit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. If I can do it, you can do it. Get out of your com­fort zone be­cause you’ll grow.”

The Coun­try to Can­berra ini­tia­tive brings young women from across ru­ral Aus­tralia to­gether to fine tune their skills as fu­ture lead­ers.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Shekinah Taderera from Port Dou­glas and Fed­eral MP for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch

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