IWD Scholarship Recipients 2018
Jackie Djumovic, Allissa Hassett and Skye Swan were the inaugural recipients of a $1000 scholarship from Port Stephens Council, as part of The 2018 IWD celebrations which were held at Salamander Bay Rotary Club's eighth annual International Women's Day luncheon at Soldiers Point Bowling Club in March 2018.
Jackie Djumovic is the Director and founder of Hover UAV, a company that provides drone systems management services Australia-wide. She is a role model in the STEM field who is passionate about mentoring and empowering other women to forge successful careers in the largely male-dominated drone industry.
Jackie used her scholarship to run workshops that connected young people and in particular young women with drone technology. At the workshops she educated participants about the various careers in the sector such as coding, operating and maintaining drones, and taught them the rules and regulations of operating unmanned aerial vehicles in public spaces.
Allissa Hassett Is an art therapist who provides therapy and recovery support for individuals and families who are experiencing stress, anxiety & depression, PTSD, addictions; alcohol & drugs, illness, injury and transitional life concerns.
Allissa used her scholarship to establish an open art therapy support group for Port Stephens women in crisis, or those who were rebuilding their lives post-crisis. Through her art therapy workshops at a local community centre the participants reconnected with their authentic selves and began to practise self-care again.
Skye Swan is a Nelsons Bay based yoga instructor who first took up yoga to improve her own health and she then began teaching Yoga in 2010 when her family was posted at the Army training facility Puckapunyal.
Skye is passionate about helping individuals suffering with PTSD and their families and carers and is motivated to assist the community by providing affordable well-being for all.
Skye used the Port Stephens IWD scholarship funds to establish Frontline Yoga Port Stephens from April 2018 onwards. Frontline Yoga is a non-profit movement that offers yoga classes to military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and healthcare workers, particularly those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).