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Bourke’s Young Woman gives back to community


St Ignatius Kindergarten Teacher and Bourke’s Young Woman of 2023, Charlotte McGrory with some of her kindy pupils l-r: Violet Atkins, Natalie Abram, Elsie Williams, Fletcher Willoughby, Louise Samuelsson, and Beau Coyne. Photo TWH

Bourke’s entrant in the Sydney Royal Ag Show’s Young Woman award is Charlotte McGrory, who received her ‘Bourke Young Woman’ sash at the Bourke Show.

Charlotte has all the credentials to represent her adopted hometown in the prestigious competition.

She is passionate about Bourke and knew almost five years ago that she would leave her hometown of Sydney to make a life in the bush.

It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen, and Charlotte said she couldn’t be happier.

Now, as Bourke’s representative in the Young Woman contest, Charlotte said she can give back to the community that has embraced her.

Charlotte is a Kindergarten teacher at St Ignatius Catholic School and it was when she was here in 2019 as a prac student while still at university, that her love affair with Bourke began.

“I came to Bourke for ten weeks on prac when I was still studying at Notre Dame University in Sydney,” Charlotte said.

“I just fell in love with the town - the community, the landscape and I knew instantly that it was where I wanted to be when I finished my studies.

“In late 2021, I got a call from former St Ignatius Principal, John Cowan, who asked if I was still interested and I said ‘absolutely!’, and I moved here in January 2022 - and I have loved every minute of it.

“I love the community, the people, the lifestyle, the fact that you are surrounded by nature. I mean, the school is less than five metres from the Darling River and it’s just so different to the lifestyle in Sydney.” […]

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