Recent Sistas Savve graduate Drusheilla Loloma Pongi has been selected to attend the Pacific Leadership Program Leadership Symposium in Brisbane, Australia, this month. Drusheilla says her selection is a great honour, ‘I feel happy and proud to be representing Sistas Savve and the Solomon Islands.’
Drusheilla is from White River and, at 23 years, is the youngest member of the Solomon Islands delegation attending the Symposium. She’s a natural leader, having had experience in leadership roles since childhood in many areas including dancing and promotional work. A talented designer and jewellery maker, Drusheilla uses the skills she learnt in the Sistas Savve training program to make and sell products such as paper bead jewellery. She recently made an exquisite set that was presented to the Duchess of Cambridge on her recent visit to Honiara.
Sistas Savve’s Community Outreach Officer, Jenny Rachel Kaniko, said the Symposium was an important opportunity for leaders to discuss different styles of leadership and training across the Pacific and to learn from each other. She added that Drusheilla’s selection demonstrates that there are many and varied paths to leadership. While formal education is often an advantage, a person who has not reached a certain level can still be an effective and dynamic leader: ‘A positive, can-do attitude – that’s what makes the difference.’
Drusheilla is looking forward to discussions with other members of the Pacific leadership community, and will also take a selection of Sistas Savve products to display and sell. We wish her all the very best in Brisbane!