Congratulations to our Nurses In Action Ambassador Helen Zahos, who has been named the winner of multiple Stevie® Awards in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour female executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run, and have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Helen has received the awards, including ‘Mentor of the Year’, ‘Female Innovator of the Year’, ‘Woman of the Year’ and ‘Medical Hero of the Year’, for her work and humanitarian efforts during the past 12 months and beyond. This includes recognition for her work in Kenya earlier this year on World Youth International’s Nurses In Action program.

In celebration of Year of the Nurse, I marked the beginning of 2020 with a trip to Kenya on the Nurses In Action Volunteer Program. It opened my eyes like never before. I saw that we can empower the next generation of nurses by encouraging the sharing of skills and knowledge across cultures. By caring for some of the world’s most vulnerable people in Kenya, alongside Kenyan Nurses and Midwives, I learnt more than what I could physically give, particularly due to the lack of medical supplies, equipment and facilities. I often couldn’t escalate care due to the limitations of the available equipment, and this was heartbreaking, but also highlighted that we have a long way to go in achieving the United Nation’s ‘Sustainable Development Goal 3; ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all,” reflects Helen.

Helen dedicates these awards to her nursing peers across the globe, and in particular the frontline workers:

The word hero, particularly during this pandemic, is a word we frontline workers don't like to hear because we are out there just doing our job. It’s a job we are committed to and which we love. I dedicate these awards to all Nurses and Midwives everywhere, but especially to the thousands of nurses on the pandemic front-lines who have lost their lives battling covid-19,” shares Helen.

Being a Nurse means that I can care and help people that are in their most vulnerable state. I love to advocate for patients and give them a voice that they otherwise wouldn’t have. I like to inspire those that want to get into humanitarian nursing and also inspire student nurses to show them where nursing as a career can take them. I have loved watching how the nursing profession has evolved over the last 20 years and am proud of the standards that we have achieved in Australia.”

This year’s Stevie Award winners will be honoured at a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 9. More than 400 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend the presentations.

The team at World Youth International congratulate Helen on receiving these notable and well-deserved awards! She is such an inspiration, empowering others in her field, and using her knowledge and skills to care for those who may not be cared for otherwise,” congratulates Terry Hoey, General Manager of World Youth International.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, says, “In a year like no other in our lifetimes, we’ve produced a cohort of amazing, Stevie-winning women, organizations, and achievements like no other. At all times our winners show themselves to be fearless and indomitable, but their leadership and example are especially valued this year. We congratulate all of our winners.

If you would like to learn more about humanitarian nursing, and follow in Helen’s footsteps, click here!

Media Enquires can be directed to: Gabriella Ocenasek, Marketing & Communications, World Youth International, [email protected]

About Helen Zahos:

Helen Zahos is World Youth International’s Nurses in Action Ambassador, after volunteering on the Nurses In Action Kenya program in January 2021. She is an Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world including Iraq, Nepal after the earthquake and Philippines after the Typhoon, as well as assisting during the Syrian refugee crisis on the border of Greece. She has worked in Emergency Departments in Tertiary hospitals; in Remote Indigenous Communities, and worked with Asylum seekers and Refugees. Helen is recognised internationally for her volunteer humanitarian work and has been nominated for multiple awards including Australian of the Year QLD 2016 and 2017. Read more:

About World Youth International

World Youth International is a registered charity which has facilitated meaningful volunteer opportunities for more than 3,800 Australians, and provided access to basic services such as healthcare and education for more than 40,000 people across the globe. At the heart of all our work is a commitment to community-led, sustainable development projects, and a belief in the power of volunteers to create real impact. Our vision is to educate, empower and inspire positive change within the global community through the legacy of our founder, the late Robert Hoey. Read more:

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Visit for a complete list of Stevie winners by category.

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