Nasiba Akram, Silver Winner of SWECO 2014 Community Category
"My sincere thanks to Fran Lyndon-Ross Chair and Carroll Howe Director of Zonta International Hornsby Club for nominating me for this prestigious award and being here today for support. My thanks will also go to Diann Roders – Healey, Executive Director of Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, and to the judges for granting me this great honour.
The only reward one seeks in the stormy waters of life is to see a soul reeled from misery for the safe of goodness that that soul deserves. Especially it is so when one truly knows and understands emphatically the meaning of profound pain and of spiritual agony. The chore of the humanitarian mission needs a lot more than what a person could offer and achieve in his or her lifetime.
I owe my little foot marks on the great highway of humanity to my late father who taught me that personal sacrifices will bring changes to a nation which is disoriented in the dark, and to two great and humble individuals who guided and assisted me every step of this way. The one, who stood beside me on physical ground to fight the right against the wrong, is Mr Peter Wertheim, the Executive Director of the Executive Council of the Australian Jewry. The other one is Professor William Maley from the Australian National University who has been teaching the Australian National Army and me that even a warrior has to be politically correct. We together blessedly overcame all contextual differences to achieve our common goal. They hold my hand so I could help a community in torment and grief.
I thought, with the passage of time, that I would eventually stand aside when my life reaches its final end and others would take over from me the mission to be accomplished down the line. But this award has given me enough energy to become a whisperer of the humanitarian verses at the end.