Leada Blackie of the King Island Leo Club in Lions District T1 has been awarded the title of 2022 Leo of the Year.
“Overall, the benefits I have experienced have come from working closely with other and building strong relationships within the community.”
Competing on-stage at the Lions National Mini Convention in Melbourne in May 2022, Leada impressed the judges and audience with a presentation based on the words of Eleanor Roosevelt,
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” .
Leada has been actively involved in her Leo club since joining, holding a variety of roles including President, Secretary and Membership Chairperson.
The Leo of the Year program offers young people the opportunity to share and celebrate their passion and commitment to community service, and a platform to voice their opinions on topics close to their heart.
Over the next 12 months, Leada will travel around Australia visiting Lions Clubs with the goal of inspiring members to open more Leo Clubs.
Leo members compete at a local and state level before each state nominates a finalist to compete on stage at the Lions National Convention.
Participants are awarded points based on the following:
- Community service involvement (25%)
- Leadership and contribution to Leos (25%)
- Knowledge of Leos and Lions (10%)
- Knowledge of local and world affairs (10%)
- Impact during interview (10%)
- Public speaking (20%)