Ava honoured for her resilient spirit

By McIvor Times

MEMBER for Euroa Steph Ryan recently hosted students from across the Euroa electorate in Parliament House for the 2019 ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award.

Heathcote student Ava Harris was among the 10 winners of the award honoured in Melbourne.

Ms Ryan offers the award each year to each school across the Euroa electorate in honour of Weary Dunlop. Students were invited to Parliament House for a formal awards presentation after a fun morning experiencing the city.

The award is presented to students who have demonstrated persistence and resilience in order to achieve academically, socially, culturally, in the sporting arena or in another field of endeavour.

“Hosting these wonderful young people and their families in Parliament is one of the highlights of my year,” Ms Ryan said.

“Each of them has a unique story of how they persisted and showed resilience to overcome adversity.”

Ava is currently in grade six at Holy Rosary Heathcote. Her teachers described her as a caring and compassionate member of the school community, well respected among her peers and a natural leader.

“Ava is a great example of the spirit exemplified by Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop and it was an honour to have her in Parliament today,” Ms Ryan said.

Weary Dunlop was born and raised at Stewarton, educated in Benalla and grew up to be an extraordinary surgeon, serving in World War II.

As a prisoner of the Japanese, Weary Dunlop displayed extraordinary courage, leadership and compassion, giving hope to the sick and comforting the dying. He was described by one of his men as ‘a lighthouse of sanity in a universe of madness and suffering’.

The award recognises students who have done their best in the face of challenges.