Congratulations to Grammarian Helen Curtis (1982) who has been awarded the ACT Women Lawyers Association Woman Lawyer of the Year - Government category.
Helen attended Canberra Girls Grammar School from 1977 – 1982. Helen says that she enjoyed her time at school from Year 7 to Year 12. She was involved in many aspects of school life - sport (hockey, softball, netball, and athletics), debating, ballroom dancing (after school in the old gym), house plays, the school magazine editorial team, Robertson House Captain as well as receiving reasonably good marks. ‘I was pretty chuffed to get voted by my Year 12 peers for the school spirit prize given by the Old Grammarians Association.’
To this day Helen says that she is still close friends with girls that she met on her first day of Year 7. ‘Many might remember me as Dino - a weird nickname that stuck.’
‘The main influence school had on me was to build confidence, to allow me to participate in a wide range of activities, to not even raise the suggestion that as a woman I should be limited in what I could achieve in life.’
At the end of Year 12 Helen applied to study PE teaching as well as Law because she couldn't decide what she wanted to do. It was her father who suggested that law might be the better option for her.
Helen feels honoured to have received theaward for ACT Women Lawyers Association Woman Lawyer of the Year - Government category, particularly as these were the inaugural awards for the ACT. ‘I believe it was in recognition of both my practical approach to helping clients as well as the contribution I make to the development of more junior lawyers. I have now ended up working in the same Department my father was in for many years - so some kind of synchronicity!’
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Photo: Helen Curtis, ACT Women Lawyers Association Woman Lawyer of the Year - Government category