Stu­dent awarded An­zac am­bas­sador­ship

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

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.

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