St Anne’s Old Girl bestowed excellence award

2017-05-17 06:00
At the Old Girls reunion (from left) Debbie Martin (deputy head, pastoral care), Susan Abro (award recipient) and Kari Greene (Old Girls' Guild chairperson).PHOTO: Supplied

At the Old Girls reunion (from left) Debbie Martin (deputy head, pastoral care), Susan Abro (award recipient) and Kari Greene (Old Girls' Guild chairperson).PHOTO: Supplied

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THE St Anne’s Old Girls’ Guild recently honoured one of their Old Girls, Susan Abro (Class of 1981), by presenting her with The Award of Excellence.

This award is presented to an Old Girl who models determination, success and excellence in her chosen field of endeavour and Abro certainly fulfils all these criteria.

Abro has always been passionate about her career and is regarded as an authority in family law where she has focused on the rights of women and children.

She is an international specialist on family law matters and has worked worldwide, mostly in connection with Hague Convention Applications, centering on the abduction of minor children.

She was the first woman vice-president of the KZN Law Society, is a member of the Law Society of South Africa, and the chairperson of the Family Law Committee of South Africa.

Abro has been involved with the introduction of addressing Parliament in respect of numerous pieces of draft legislation, mostly with regard to the rights of women and children.

Her involvement with training and preparation of arbitration in family law matters in South Africa led to her meeting the deputy minister of justice in October 2016 to persuade him to amend the law and allow for arbitration in family law matters in South Africa, which it currently does not.

The outstanding accolade of being named South Africa’s Family Lawyer of the Year for 2016 is a credit to her integrity, dedication and skill.

Abro’s firm was also recently named the South African Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year for 2017.

She is an incredible role model who has forged her way through commitment to her chosen career and the community she has served.

The St Anne’s girls were delighted to be addressed by Abro and to hear her advice and insight into pursuing a career in law as well as a few light-hearted stories of her time at St Anne’s. - Supplied

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