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Two remarkable women from the National Development Bank are bound for Australia to do their Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees thanks to the Australian Governments AusAID Scholarship Program.
The women who are both with NDB’s Accounting and Finance Division, are rearing to make their dreams of attaining international qualifications which has the backing of the National Development Bank.
NDB proudly acclaims itself to be an organization that promotes and supports gender equality and higher accreditation which is evident in the number of women who are currently holding positions at management levels within the organization.
Lets meet these two women:
BEATING ALL ODDS
Being a mother and a bread winner is a common trend for many working women today and usually because of this, taking up further studies is the least of their priorities or something they only dream about but don’t bother to try. But only a few courageous women see this situation as a challenge making them stronger and even more determined to achieve greater things in life.
One such person is NDB’s outgoing Supervisor Accounts Payable/Receivable and Purchasing Rhonda Gerega who I have such admiration for in juggling the roles of a mother, a bread winner and a professional accomplishing all tasks without failure. And if you thought this load was already too much for one person to handle, Rhonda has secured an Australia Awards Scholarship funded by AusAid to go for a two year study program in Australia. Rhonda is one of only two females among a group of ten who were selected under the Undergraduate category a rare opportunity that she is very grateful for. “You can see there was a slim chance of been selected and I thank God for the blessing.” Rhonda said. “I will be studying at the University of Southern Queensland for two years doing a Bachelor of Commerce – Finance Major. I am very lucky and it’s a privilege and honour to receive this scholarship award from AusAID.” Rhonda added.
With all costs associated with the tuition, tickets, accommodation and allowance covering only the scholarship recipient, Rhonda has opted to resign instead of going on study leave, so that with her finish pay she can pay for her husband and children’s fares to Australia.
Rhonda’s achievement is the family’s pride and they are very supportive of what she sets her mind on doing. Rhonda says she wants to seize this occasion to enhance her knowledge and skills and build her confidence making use of this unique opportunity provided by the Australian Government and return to PNG and impart the knowledge to help develop the industry and country as a whole. “I look forward to grasp the opportunities in Australia and hope to be marketable in future. My future plan is to be a leader in Lending or Financial Planning, but I’ll let God lead my journey.” Rhonda reaffirmed.
REACHING GREATER HEIGHTS
Education sees no barriers and no limits just as long as you are determined to succeed in what it is you want to achieve making use of every opportunity that comes your way. So it is for Accounting Manager Vicky Vene as she sets out on her journey to do her Post graduate Degree.
Vicky has been awarded an Australian Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) to do a Master of Professional Accounting at the Central Queensland University. It is a two year program at the Brisbane Campus with the academic year starting on the 28th January, 2014.
Whilst undertaking her postgraduate program, Vicky will also be participating in the prestigious Australian Awards Leadership Program for this year. The Leadership Program provides awardees with leadership learning and development activities and opportunities to connect with other awardees across the globe and with key people from the Government, private sector and civil society. “My first event of the leadership program will be in Canberra which I am looking forward to.” Vicky said.
Vicky expressed her gratitude to her family especially her partner and her parents (both in Kapari Village in the Central Province and Sri Lanka) for the overwhelming support in seeing her through the process. “My family will be supporting me during my studies as I’m going on this scholarship on Study Leave without pay which is a challenge for me to manage my allowance from the scholarship budget.” Vicky added.
On the same token, Vicky extended her heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Acting Managing Director Moses Liu for signing off and supporting her application, Human Resource Manager Grace Andrew, Legal Team Suzanne Unumba and Azaria Gabara and Charles Evi for commissioning her documents to get through the application process. Vicky also paid tribute to the Executive Manager Accounting and Finance Max Kairu for his support and Vasita Vue for stepping in for her during her absence. “I thank them all from the bottom of my heart and I will do my level best to return with flying colours.” Vicky highlighted.
Upon returning, Vicky wants to be a part of process improvements in Accounting and Finance and also assist NDB’s subsidiary companies and update current Accounting Manual which will include detailed Fixed Assets manual and detailed chart of account descriptions.
Vicky says she would also like to continue to support WiB Relationship Manager Janet Kaule with whatever plans she and her executives may have for the soon to be launched NDB WiB Club. Also with the NDB Wib Club, Vicky would like to assist in providing advice and service to women clients who would like to be educated in preparing their own financial statements and be compliant with statutory requirements with IRC and IPA.
Speaking during the farewell luncheon Acting Managing Director Moses Liu on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of NDB thanked Vicky and Rhonda for their commitment and dedication in executing their assigned tasks and duties which were highly commended and appreciated. He urged both women to give their studies the same level of commitment and use this opportunity as a stepping stone to aspire for even greater things in life. Mr Liu congratulated Vicky and Rhonda and wished them all the success in their two years of study. (Above: Rhonda Gerega, Below: Vicky Vene)