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11 September, 2021

Western women access wellness day

A DESIRE to infuse more of a culture of beauty into the west through "fun, fashion and glamour," led Mt Garnet's new Chaplain, Sharon Karsikas to present a 'Women's Wellness' day in Mt Garnet last Saturday.

By Sally Turley

Mt Garnet CWA members, president, Cathy Walker, Secretary, Judy Hewlett and Judith DeZwart catered on the day. The group have been keeping to keep their branch, which began in 1926, alive into the future. They are down to 5 members, all in their 60's, 70's and 80's, and they would love to welcome new people into their club.

A DESIRE to infuse more of a culture of beauty into the west through "fun, fashion and glamour," led Mt Garnet's new Chaplain, Sharon Karsikas to present a 'Women's Wellness' day in Mt Garnet last Saturday. 

The event which focused on empowering women through knowledge about services and opportunities within their community and increasing their self-confidence by enabling them to present themselves at their best every day, attracted 32 participants from around north Queensland. 

As a former personal stylist and beautician, Ms Karsikas used her own collection of vintage and pre-loved clothing to show women how to dress for their body shape and explore a variety of looks to build their self-esteem and help them take that first step towards pursuing their dreams.

Ms Karsikas told participants that it was "important to work with what you have got" and that it was "never too late to achieve your life goals".

She said her aim was to "build people up, help them see the possibilities and then help create an opening for them." 

The positive response from the wellness day already has her planning her next event – a two day women's 'Shine' workshop to be held in Mt Garnet on the 11th and 12th of September.

Shine is a solution focused personal development program for all ages and includes sessions on value, identity and self worth, as well as nutrition and fitness and dressing to look your best. 

During her 10 years as a chaplain with Scripture Union, Ms Karsikas has presented Shine workshops in Mt Molloy and Tully, designed school programs for students in Weipa and Townsville, worked with rural women on properties and was a founding member of the thriving Cassowary Coast Business Women's Network.


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