This year’s NCWQ bursary award ceremony was one to remember. Among the many special women being recognised for their achievements and talents, was Madison Birtchell.

Receiving the Forum Communicators bursary, Madison was recognised for her achievements in a number of areas.

First established as the Association of Women’s Forum Club in 1941 with the aim of improving the skills of women in public speaking, the association was renamed as the Forum Communicators Association in 1997. Forum continues its task, now with open membership, in offering advice on conducting meetings and organisational procedures. A sponsor in the NCWQ Bursary Program since 2017, this bursary is valued at $1,000.00. The criteria reflect Forum’s passion for communication.

To apply for this bursary, the following criteria must have addressed in the Personal Statement:

  • A female resident of Queensland enrolled in your first or second year of a tertiary course, such as university or TAFE
  • Able to demonstrate a record of achievement in the communication field, either through your school or tertiary studies, or through involvement in a public speaking or debating group
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to leadership within your local community
  • Willing to address Forum members at one of their major functions
  • An Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Australia

NCWQ is very pleased to award this bursary to Madison in 2018.

Madison Birtchell has an impressive record of achievement in the communication field over several years coaching senior school students in debating and public speaking, debating herself, and speaking at community events.

Her leadership within the community has been exemplary.  For example, she singlehandedly devised, organised, and hosted an International Women Week’s event, Super Women Conference, to inspire and empower women in her community. Over 150 people attended.

She has a passion for gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of girls and women within Australia and globally.  Her future ambition is to work for the UN to achieve this.

Congratulations Madison! We are so looking forward to following your exciting ongoing journey.

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