Zonta Club of Perth bestow inaugural Yvonne Burgu Education Award upon Midland woman


Denise Colbung (centre) with Jill Anderson and Donella Caspersz.
Denise Colbung (centre) with Jill Anderson and Donella Caspersz.

DENISE Colbung is woman who wears many hats; small business owner, volunteer, advocate, mentor, mother, grandmother and student.

The Midland resident recently won the inaugural Yvonne Burgu Education Award from the Zonta Club of Perth.

The award is named after a senior Ngarinyin law woman from the Kimberley region who was a respected community leader, role model and artist who had close ties with the Zonta Club.

“Zonta works to empower women around the world, and we wanted to work with our Indigenous women in WA,” Zonta’s Jill Anderson said.

“This award is one way we feel we can respond to their needs.”

Mrs Anderson said Mrs Colbung as a “truly enterprising woman”.

“She has lived in regional WA, as well as Perth, with numerous professional roles in human services, mining, education and Aboriginal mentoring, recruitment and training,” she said.

“Denise has sat on committees and has her own consultancy assisting Aboriginal people with the transition into employment.

“She is passionate about improving the lives of Aboriginal people, closing the gap and breaking down the cultural divide.”

On accepting the award, Mrs Colbung said it was an honour and a privilege, and would help fund her studies in business management at South Metropolitan Tafe.

“With the assistance of the award I will be able to continue supporting my family and balancing my studies,” she said.

“Thank you to my Tafe lecturers for their support; they pushed me to strive for excellence in my academic journey.”

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