2021 Impact 25 Award Winners

Agha Yamamah

general manager of Service Delivery Settlement / Settlement Services International

Yamanah provides strategic leadership for all settlement programs at not-for-profit organisation Settlement Services International (SSI) which supports newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper. Settlement programs at SSI include the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP), Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS), Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program and Settlement Services. Yamanah has over 15 years’ experience assisting new arrivals to settle in Australia, with a strong passion for delivering social justice to refugees and vulnerable groups in need. Yamanah has a particular interest in women's rights and supporting and empowering refugee women and their families to reach their full potential.

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Barry Vanessa

executive officer of St. George Foundation

Vanessa is passionate about creating positive social impact and helping for-purpose organisations achieve their aims. Since 2014 Vanessa has been executive officer of St.George Foundation, encompassing Bank of Melbourne and BankSA Foundations. In this role, she has advocated for long-term change through philanthropy that recognises the needs of grassroots community organisations. Prior to this Vanessa spent ten years in international communications before turning her passion for philanthropy into a career. She worked firstly in arts development for the ACO and then as director of philanthropy at the United Nations Children’s Fund. She has served on various not-for-profit boards and committees.

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Chawla Tarang

founder of Not One More Niki Campaign

Tarang founded the Not One More Niki campaign to end violence against women, following the murder of his 23-year-old sister, Nikita, in 2015. Tarang advises the government, corporate and community sectors on human-centred responses to family violence. Tarang’s work focuses on adopting diverse and intersectional approaches to family violence and he is a leading voice in the prevention of violence against women. Tarang was a 2017 Young Australian of the Year Finalist and recipient of the University of Melbourne Rising Star Award for young alumni. Tarang is a regular commentator on gender equality, racism, discrimination and Australian politics.

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Courtenay Rochelle

founder and managing director of Share the Dignity

Rochelle Courtenay is founder of the not-for-profit Share the Dignity, providing homeless and at-risk women Australia-wide with sanitary items to alleviate period poverty. More than 4000 volunteers and some of Australia’s biggest corporates support the charity, which has collected in excess of 1.7 million packets of sanitary items since forming in 2015. Affectionately known as “pad lady” Rochelle designed a world-first Dignity Vending Machine, known as the Pinkbox to dispense a free period pack of sanitary items. Pinkboxes are being installed in at need areas nation-wide. Share the Dignity now also runs a Christmas appeal called #Itsinthebag where women are asked to donate a pre-loved or new handbag filled with sanitary items, some of other life’s essentials plus any other gift they may wish to donate. To add to her list of accomplishments Rochelle and her team of national supporters successfully campaigned the Federal Government to abolish the GST on sanitary items.

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Elzein Fatma

founder of Mummies Paying it Forward

Fatma Elzein is a mother of four, paediatric oncology nurse and the founder and managing director of Mummies Paying It Forward, a not-for-profit charity organisation that helps provide everyday essentials to some of the most vulnerable families across NSW. Fatma and her team of dedicated volunteers harness the goodwill within our society to benefit the needy and empower individuals to strive for a better community for all.

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Harrison Scott

cultural lifesaving officer of Surf Life Saving QLD

In the past 10 years, Scott has developed strategic and operational plans that map out the water safety programs roll out around Queensland Schools and other communities. These programs aim to enrich community life, promote community safety, and strengthen social and neighbourhood connections. Scott has worked closely with community groups, not-for-profit organisations, government stakeholders and individual members of the public to achieve these objectives. Through award winning programs Little Life Savers, On the Same Wave, Beach Safe, Beach 2 Bush and Gold Coast Airport Welcoming Service, Scott has delivered over 3000 water safety classroom based presentations and beach excursion programs to multicultural, Indigenous, school, regional and community groups with a reach of over 1.2 million. He has delivered holiday programs with City of Gold Coast as part of their Get Active, Get Healthy initiative and established a program model that is recognised nationally as a best practice program in its field. In 2017 he was recognised to be part of the Queensland Government Inaugural Multicultural Ambassadors Program, and in 2018 he led beach activation and beach presentation for the recent 2018 royal visit at Broadbeach.

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Kellett Bronwen

co-ordinator of Xavier Social Justice Network

Bronwen has been employed by Xavier College as the coordinator of the Xavier Social Justice Network since 2013. Alongside this role, Bronwen is also employed as Xavier College sustainability coordinator and as a geography teacher. Bronwen has always had a deep commitment to social and ecological justice. She has actively sought opportunities throughout both her career and personal life to use her gifts to make a difference in the world. Before her current roles, she has been a teacher in England, worked in residential education in Victoria, environmental education in Melbourne and outdoor education in both Victoria and Tasmania.

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Morris Shusannah

co-founder and chief executive officer of Life's Little Treasures Foundation

Shusannah has dedicated the last 14 years to building the charity up to what is now considered to be one of the leading national premature birth charities in Australia. Her passion and motivation is driven by her own experience, her daughter being born at 25 weeks weighing just 880 grams. She has been instrumental in working alongside health providers in both the hospital and community sectors, to introduce programs and services to families, to ensure a total family centered care approach. Shusannah is committed to raising awareness of the complexities of premature birth. She takes part on medical advisory panels, research, is a speaker, author and recipient of the Pride of Australia Award.

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Penney Dawn

chief executive officer of Korus Connect

Originally from Plymouth, England, Dawn came to Melbourne in 2000. Dawn's background is in law (land registration and practices) and human resources and she has since been committed to serving her community as a part-time pastor, Girl Guides leader, foster care parent, involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister program and CEO of Korus Connect. Dawn’s passion for equipping, empowering and releasing others transcends sectors and generations. Dawn focuses on building authentic relationships to bring about collaboration between businesses, churches, government and community groups which can pave the way to a thriving, sustainable society (and is often sought out for her insights on not-for-profit sustainability). To Dawn, sustainable change is a cross-generational undertaking, underpinned by this belief: that everyone is equal and has within them great purpose and potential.

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Stuart Madeline

model

At 22 Madeleine is the first supermodel with Down Syndrome in the world, and has travelled globally modelling and advocating for people with disabilities. In the past four years, she has walked the runways at NYFW, PFW, LFW, Runway Dubai, MBFW China, Russia and many more. She is the only person with an intellectual disability to ever get a working visa in the USA and was named number one game changer in Forbes along with many other leading publications. She wants to change peoples perceptions of disabilities and open doors so people with disabilities can live their dreams.

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