Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network which recognises the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW and promotes the valuable role of volunteering to the community. Each week, this blog will pay tribute to a Hidden Treasure inductee.
Jasmin’s Statham-Smith was a premature baby born in ACT. After being in hospital for several weeks, Jasmin returned home to the rural and nurturing community of Cooma where she has lived and grown up with her mum, cousins and her supportive grandparents.
A people person, avid reader, and humanitarian, Jasmin devotes endless hours of selfless community work within her local community and at St Mary MacKillop College, Canberra community, where she is currently completing her Year 12 senior studies.
She commutes to the college on a daily basis via bus or vehicle. In Jasmin’s formative years she attended St Patrick’s Parish School, Cooma from K-10 where her love of community began. This has been enhanced at St Mary MacKillop College where there is a strong focus on reaching out and helping others. During this time, Jasmin has blossomed and grown into a strong, motivated and independent young woman whose desire is to volunteer in communities that she is involved with. She has shown a true dedication and passion for helping others.
Jasmin has represented the St Patrick’s Parish School and St Mary MacKillop College in many prominent service areas including: St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out, St Vincent de Paul Door Knock Appeal, Relay for Life where St Mary MacKillop College Year 12 2018 team raised a staggering $12 900 and set a new college record. For several years, Jasmin has also been involved in The Annual Colour Day, which raises awareness of raising funds for cancer charities, and ambassador for St Mary MacKillop College on information night and 2019 MacKillop Career Expo Evening.
She is a member of The Community Chest Inc. Committee, a non-profit organisation that raises funds for local residents of the Snowy Monaro Region who are experiencing financial hardship and are emotionally in need.
Jasmin was the driving force behind establishing Cooma’s Interact Club for (12-18 year-old high schoolers), part of the Cooma Rotary Club family where members work within their local community to tackle important issues that they care most about that impact on their community while developing new life skills. She was selected and travelled to South Korea in 2016 for the International Rotary Convention as part of the Australian South Eastern Youth Delegation where they helped prepare and pack meals for the ‘Children of Cambodia’ among completing other important tasks.
Jasmin’s passion, hard work, being a positive role model, and selfless dedication to the communities that she has served in makes Jasmin a hidden gem, a treasure.
Jasmin has been acknowledged in 2017 St Mary Mackillop College Perpetual Award for Community, 2018 Senior Young Person of the Year for Snowy Monaro Region, NSW/ACT Semi- Finalist Young Achiever’s Freemasons Community Award 2018, and Monaro Service Award 2018 in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the Monaro.
2019 nominations will open May 2019.
If you know a young rural women in your community who is making a difference, why not consider nominating them for next year’s Honour Roll.
For more information call the Rural Women’s Network on 02 6391 3612 or email email@example.com