Sanders finalist in Woman of Year awards

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PAM.JONES

@alliedpress.co.nz

Sticks ‘n Stones co-founder and director Karla Sanders has been named a finalist in a national woman of the year event.

Mrs Sanders is one of five finalists in the education category of Next Magazine‘s 2017 Woman of the Year Awards.

She said the nomination had been put forward collaboratively “by a group of our young people, so it feels pretty awesome to have been selected as a finalist based on their nomination. It was definitely a surprise and the other finalists are amazing women across a range of fields, so being alongside them is a real privilege. I am lucky to have the job I do and the really awesome stuff comes from our young people, so they deserve the recognition just as much.”

Mrs Sander’s finalist’s profile for the awards says “Karla didn’t buy into the idea that bullying was ‘part of growing up’, and instead created the by-youth, for-youth anti-bullying movement Sticks ‘n Stones. The programme now involves 400 young people from years 7 to 13.”.

The winners of the six categories in the awards will be announced in Auckland on October 12.