Hills teenager Rabia Rasul has been awarded the Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award for 2019.

The 17-year-old Baulkham Hills resident was presented with the award by the former NSW Governor herself, Dame Marie Bashir, at Parliament House at an event organised by the National Council of Women of NSW on September 30.

The Dame Marie Bashir Peace Award recognises women who have made an outstanding contribution to harmony in many ways, and those who have fostered harmonious relationships and shown persistence and courage in the field of peace and harmony within the wider society.

There were six recipients across NSW. The Year 12 student at Mount Saint Benedict College was accompanied by family and her Principal Maria Pearson.

She was recognised for her “devotion” to great causes and her passion for going out of her way to help others.

Rabia’s involvement in various multicultural activities, including her organisation of Harmony Day events in 2016 and 2018 plus fundraising $7500 for Careflight were part of her drive to advocate for and embrace the need for cultural diversity in the community.