In 2017, the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame hosted an International Women’s Day Breakfast and fundraiser on 8 March, with the inspiring Marguerite Baptiste-Rooke presenting around the 2017 IWD theme of Be Bold For Change.
The event was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in Central Australia, network with new and interesting people, and enjoy a thought-provoking presentation alongside a delicious full buffet breakfast (vegans and vegetarians catered for) – all while supporting a great cause.
Marguerite Baptiste-Rooke was born and educated in the Seychelles Islands, and migrated in to Australia in 1989. Marguerite is the Manager of the Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia. Her work focuses on the settlement of newly-arrived migrants and refugees, and also coordinates migrant community groups, organises multicultural events, and promotes multiculturalism in Central Australia. In 2004 she received the Northern Territory Multicultural Affairs Award for her work and involvement with the NT multicultural community, and in 2013 was a finalist in the ‘Fair Go’ category of the Pride of Australia Medal. She is also featured in Sue Williams book ‘The Outback Spirit’, which tells inspiring true stories of Australia’s unsung heroes.