The Award of Excellence is an award for an Old Girl who embodies determination, success, and excellence in her chosen field. Judges of the award look across a wide range of industries and professions – including academia, business, literature, performance arts, social responsibility, and visual arts, to name a few.
2020 - Megan Berning Award Of Excellence Winner
On 5 March we presented Megan Berning (Usherwood, 2011) with the Award of Excellence. This award is presented to Old Girls who model determination, success and excellence in their chosen field of endeavour. Megan has done amazing work at Ardmore working closely alongside her mother and assisting with inspiring the Ardmore artists in their day to day work. She has been a part of the design team and worked closely with her sister, Catherine, on the Hermes collaborations and new fabric...
She is the Director of the new non-profit Ardmore Community Fund which will bring art and creativity into local, rural schools in Lidgetton.
2019 - Spoen Green Award Of Excellence Winner
On Thursday, 17 October, we presented Spoen Green (2013, Macrorie) with the Award of Excellence. This award is presented to Old Girls who model determination, success and excellence in their chosen field of endeavour and Spoen certainly illustrated this with her presentation to the girls when she spoke with great passion and enthusiasm about the Oxpecker Trail Run event and how the idea started and grew to the success it is today.She explained how the Oxpecker Trail Run is South Africa’s...
top 2-day trail running event and that this is not just a race but an OXPECKER experience! It was hosted in 2015 with 490 runners and has grown to a 3 race weekends event and 3000 runners in 2019.Spoen further demonstrated her determination to be successful in everything she starts by winning the contest on the television show, My Kitchen Rules South Africa, with her sister Rox, in 2018.Spoen left the girls with the message, “Bravery will get you places, it takes 20 seconds of insane courage and something good will come of it.”
2019 - Toni Burton (Spiller) Award Of Excellence Winner
On Friday, 1 February, we hosted Toni Burton (nee Spiller, 1976, FB) at St Anne’s and presented her with the Award of Excellence for her commitment to training and empowering disadvantaged women. In 2007, she started up her company, Zizamele, and was able to employ a number of ladies who she had trained in the art of creating ceramics. Zizamele has grown from strength to strength and the ladies who fashion these beautiful pieces have the security of employment and a steady income....
Toni addressed the girls of St Anne’s before accepting her award and was an inspiration to all. She present 3 girls who asked her favourite questions with beautiful Zizamele pieces. She also gave St Anne’s an iconic Ubuntu Bowl which we will proudly display!
House: Frances Baines
2017 - Sarah Collins Award Of Excellence Winner
On 2 June 2017, the St Anne’s Old Girls’ Guild awarded Sarah Collins with The Award of Excellence for her incredible journey empowering impoverished women with the Wonderbag. In 2008, during the rolling blackouts that gripped South Africa, Sarah had an idea. She had found her destiny and was about to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of women across impoverished areas of Africa. The next day, Sarah created the prototype for her heat-retention cooker, the Wonderbag. After food is...
brought to a boil, the pot is placed in the heavily-lined bag where it slow-cooks for up to 8 hours. “Finding firewood for cooking takes a huge amount of rural women’s time,” explains Sarah, “and gathering it is very dangerous. The wood fires used to cook then cause indoor pollution, a leading cause of death worldwide in children under five. Having the Wonderbag would empower the women to feed their families, generate an income, and save them time.” The Wonderbag eases the impact of health, social, economic and environmental problems facing Africa and developing countries. It enhances people’s quality of life by reducing time spent cooking. This small home business has expanded into a global social impact business. It is a dual model company with The Wonderbag Foundation focused on distributing bags to the poor. The busy Wonderbag factories produce hundreds of Wonderbags daily and a percentage of the proceeds from each Wonderbag purchased around the world are donated to the Foundation, helping them distribute Wonderbags to poverty-stricken communities. Sarah’s new goal is to sell 100 million Wonderbags to people worldwide. With the sales of these Wonderbags, the Foundation is committed to programs that continue to support the donation of bags to families in need which will act as catalysts for change! Sarah spent an afternoon interacting with the St Anne’s girls and imparted much inspiration. She is a true visionary and has an incredible heart for people. Her enthusiasm and dedication for this cause can only lead to its continued success. www.wonderbag.co.za
2017 - Susan Abro Award Of Excellence Winner
This week we were able to honour one of our remarkable Old Girls by presenting Susan Abro (Frances Baines, 1981) with the Award of Excellence. This award is presented to Old Girls who model determination, success and excellence in their chosen field of endeavour and Sue certain fulfills all these criteria and so much more. She has always been passionate about her career and is highly regarded as a specialist in family law where she has focused on the rights of women and children. Sue is...
regarded as an international specialist on Family Law matters and has done much work in connection with the abduction of minor children. She was the first woman vice-president of the KZN law society, is a member of the Law Society of SA, and the Chairperson of the Family Law Committee of SA. Sue has really excelled and the outstanding accolade of being named SA’s Family Lawyer of the Year for 2016 is a credit to her integrity, dedication and skill. Sue’s firm has also been named the South African Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year for 2017. She is an incredible role model as she has forged her way through commitment to her chosen career and the community she has served, and she has managed to retain a balance with family, friends and work – and she has a wonderful capacity for fun! Our current girls were delighted to hear Sue’s advice and insight into pursuing a career in Law as well as her stories from her time here at St Anne’s.
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2016 - Annabel Rosholt (Elgie) Award Of Excellence Winner
Annabel is the project Director of the Stellenbosch Community Development Programme which she started in Kayamandi 10 years ago. Working tirelessly she has built it from non-existent to a remarkable, self-sustaining, donor funded, non-profit organisation ,which evaluates 2300 children in the community and supplies those who are malnourished, approximately 2000, with a daily meal. S.C.D.P. has also initiated a food parcel programme for parents, encouraged the establishment of food gardens...
at homes and helps parents identify and create income earning opportunities through training and mentorship programmes. Annabel is making a dramatic difference in so many people’s lives and is a well deserving winner of out St Anne Award 2016. S.C.D.P.
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2016 - Francie Lund Award Of Excellence Winner
The inaugural Award of Excellence was presented to Francie Lunch on 21 October 2016 in recognition of her incredible social work. In 2016, Rhodes University awarded Francie with an honorary doctorate for her lifelong work as a social policy and welfare activist. This was presented to her in particular for her chairmanship, in 1995 and 1996, of the Lund Committee of Enquiry into Child and Family Support investigating forms of support for poor children in post-apartheid South Africa, which...
led to the introduction of the Child Support Grant. Francie attended the University of Cape Town where she completed a Bachelor of Social Science, cum laude, in 1968. In 1969 she went to work in Scotland as a social work therapist and in 1971 she received a post graduate diploma in Community Development from Manchester University, and later, a Master’s degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was promoted through the ranks of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is now a Senior Research Associate at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, where until retirement in 2008, she was tenured Associate Professor. Francie is also the international director of the Social Protection Programme of WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing), a global research and advocacy network involved with improvement of the conditions of work of poorer informal workers. Francie’s unfailing commitment to community welfare makes her a well deserving winner of this prestigious award.