Meet a Member: Abby Thevarajah

15 June 2015

Zoya Patel

Zoya is the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Communication at YWCA Canberra.

Abby ThevarajahThis article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they really love about being part of our community, is getting to know like-minded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Abby Thevarajah, who is part of our Membership Committee!

You in a nutshell.

A coffee loving free spirit who loves to dance, travel, cook and embrace positivity in the world around me.

What was your highlight of the past year? 

Over the past year there have been a variety of significant events in my life. Going to the jungles of Borneo to complete an orangutan project was definitely a highlight. This adventure showed me the vulnerability of the environment around us and how simple actions can collectively influence our surroundings.

What’s an achievement you’re proud of?

An achievement I am proud of is being a recipient of a grant to attend the YWCA World Council and Young Women’s Leadership forum in Bangkok in October this year. This event will be part of my journey to awaken my purpose and thereby contribute to the broader YWCA community. I hope this networking opportunity will help me empower young women to become involved in women’s issues and promote gender equality.

What’s on your playlist?

My playlist has a broad range from classical music to tunes from all over the globe. What I listen to is heavily based on my mood at the time!

Why did you join the Y?

I joined the Y as an avenue to get involved with women’s issues and gain more insight in to the work the Y does for the broader community. It has provided a wealth of information regarding these areas and so much more. I have been able to network with like-minded women and together aspire to bring forward actions towards positive change. The Y enables young women to fulfill their potential through the creation of various opportunities. This has been a striking point of my involvement with the organisation as it has truly provided a launching pad towards some inspiring and innovative plans!

Who inspires you?

My biggest inspiration is my mother. She was my first introduction to feminism and continues to provide me inner strength and wisdom, yet all through a humble nature. On a global scale women who have clearly been “the change they want to see in the world” have been a constant source of inspiration for me.

What’s the change you want to see in the world?

The change I aspire to see in the world is that of unity and equality. I believe in a giving society in which people are able to embrace those around them and work together towards humanitarian goals. I hope the future is filled with peaceful pathways to enable an optimistic, nurturing human race!

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