Zonta Woman of Achievement announced

The Zonta Club of Blackall Range has announced its Woman of Achievement for 2022.

Zonta Club’s Ann Koenig revealed Nita Lester as the 2022 award winner at the Maleny Community Centre this week on International Women’s Day.

Nita is heavily involved in the local community including as President of the Mapleton Community Library where she runs classes on classical art and botany including classes for young children. She is also director of the Blackall Range Care Group.

“She is a botanist, artist, designer, publisher and volunteer. What a woman. Congratulations Nita,” Ann said.

“Nita works enthusiastically in the community. I was told that if there’s anything going on in Mapleton, Nita will be involved.”

A humbled Nita was quick to say the award belonged with all volunteers in the community.

“The only words I can say is to reverse everything you said and put volunteer first,” Nita said.

“Community to me and I’m quite sure to absolutely everyone here today, community is number one. Congratulations to all of you because that’s where the congratulations belong.”

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