‘Power Trip’ invitation
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.
Shekinah Taderera from Port Douglas and Federal MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch