North Star's Annabel Garland wins Future Leaders' Helen Handbury Leadership Award

PATH TO SUCCESS: St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School captain Annabel Garland, who hails from North Star, has won the Helen Handbury Leadership Award as part of the Future Leaders Awards.
PATH TO SUCCESS: St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School captain Annabel Garland, who hails from North Star, has won the Helen Handbury Leadership Award as part of the Future Leaders Awards.

North Star local Annabel Garland has won a prestigious national Future Leaders award.

The Helen Handbury Leadership Award recognises Year 12 students in rural and regional Australia who have shown outstanding community leadership.

Not only is Annabel school captain, prefect and band captain at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane, she is enthusiastically involved in her academic studies as well as sports, music and performing arts. She is a keen rower, plays touch football, loves to swim and enjoys her involvement in the St Margaret’s water polo team.

Music lover Annabel has also been involved in the past two school musicals, Annie and The Sound of Music, playing clarinet and saxophone in the orchestra pit.

In 2016, Annabel participated in St Margaret’s Global Exchange Program attending St Anne's Diocesan College, Hilton, in South Africa for a term.

St Margaret’s principal Ms Ros Curtis said Annabel was an excellent role model for students as she takes the time to invest in relationships with others.

“Throughout her schooling, Annabel has displayed outstanding leadership qualities, encouraging the student body with her warm and friendly manner, and her sincere and respectful dealings with others,” Ms Curtis said.

Throughout her schooling, Annabel has displayed outstanding leadership qualities, encouraging the student body with her warm and friendly manner, and her sincere and respectful dealings with others

St Margaret’s principal Ms Ros Curtis

“She is a very polite, thoughtful and conscientious young woman with the ability to make others feel at ease.” As an award recipient, Annabel receives $5,000 towards an international trip to experience community development in another culture. Whilst Annabel hasn’t decided where this opportunity might take her, she is considering the idea of returning to Africa.

“I’d love to go back to Africa to help make a difference in one of the local communities,” she said. “I feel very honoured to receive this award. It is a vote of confidence in what I hoped to achieve as school captain this year.”