Making her mark

Ally Watson. (Supplied)

Tara Murray

Kalkallo community advocate Ally Watson wants to inspire others ahead of International Women’s Day.

Ms Watson was among the winners at last year’s Hume council community awards for her work in the community.

She has taken a major role in the Kalkallo Community 3064 Facebook group and has been a huge advocator for improved infrastructure in the area.

For Ms Watson, the day means a day of reflection, hope and empowerment.

“IWD reminds me of the importance of celebrating the significant contributions by women at an industry, national and global level,” she said.

“But more importantly, it is a day to recognise the quieter, yet powerful contributions women make every day within their local communities to improve the lives of girls and women.

“The annual theme is a foundation for the year ahead to continue our collective work to create a world that is inclusive, fair and kind for today’s women and future generations.”

Ms Watson plans to spend IWD at Hume council’s International Women’s Day event, which she said is always a good day.

She’s also organised something close to her heart at the Kalkallo CFA where they have seven women involved, the most ever.

“To shine a light on this I’ve organised a great photo of the brigade’s women members for our social media to celebrate the various contributions women are making to CFA in the local area. Hopefully it will inspire other women to get involved,” she said.

Ms Watson has plenty of advice for any woman who is hesitant about getting involved in their community.

“Move from just thinking about it, and start doing, that’s the critical ingredient for success,” she said.

“Dream big, decide what you want to do, set some goals and go for it.

“Reach out directly to women in your community who inspire you or are doing things that interest you and ask to have a chat.

“And remember, it is ok to try different things to help find the best path for you.

“Every woman has her own unique contribution to make. Our stories will all be different, but together our support for each other is critical to inspire inclusion for a better world.”