The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

PRIDE OF AUS­TRALIA

IN­SPI­RA­TION YOUNGLEADE­R

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Lucy Strickland has ded­i­cated her ca­reer to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for chil­dren in war and dis­as­ter zones. For the past 15 years she has worked in more than 20 coun­tries for sev­eral in­ter­na­tional non­govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing UNHCR, World Vi­sion, CARE, Ox­fam and the Nor­we­gian Refugee Coun­cil in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment and re­con­struc­tion in post-con­flict and dis­as­ter zones. She has co-or­di­nated emer­gency drought re­sponse in Ethiopia, and worked in Haiti at the height of the cholera out­break in 2010. She es­tab­lished a school of the air in Sierra Leone to help chil­dren ex­cluded from for­mal ed­u­ca­tion due to the Ebola cri­sis. She worked with the Nepalese Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion af­ter the earth­quakes to es­tab­lish tem­po­rary learn­ing spa­ces and trained teach­ers in psy­choso­cial sup­port of chil­dren. In the past 12 months, her role as the UN’s Global Ed­u­ca­tion in Emer­gen­cies Spe­cial­ist has taken her to north­ern Iraq where she de­signed an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for 160,000 chil­dren in refugee camps.

LUCYLUCY STRICKLAND­STRICKLAND

PROF JEN­NIFER MARTIN

Univer­sity of Queens­land’s In­sti­tute for Molec­u­lar Bio­science lead re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Jen­nifer Martin has made a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances for gen­der eq­uity in science in Aus­tralia. She has ad­dressed the se­vere un­der­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in se­nior po­si­tions in Aus­tralia by men­tor­ing young women and en­cour­ag­ing pos­i­tive stereo­types of women sci­en­tists. As a mem­ber of the Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil Women in Health Sciences she has cam­paigned for gen­der eq­uity on peer re­view pan­els for fund­ing op­tions and pro­posed part-time op­tions, and in­tro­duced the El­iz­a­beth Black­burn Fel­low­ship to recog­nise out­stand­ing women. She has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards and is the found­ing mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Academy of Science’s Science in Aus­tralia Gen­der Eq­uity Fo­rum steer­ing com­mit­tee.

JESSE KELLY

NATHA­NIAL LEIGH

CATHY HAINS

As the head of fac­ulty for dif­fer­en­ti­ated learn­ing at Bris­bane girls school Lour­des Hill Col­lege, Cathy Hains has inspired nu­mer­ous school­child­ren to reach their full p po­ten­tial and en­hance their in­di­vid­u­al­ity. Her back­ground is in re­mote and re­gional Queens­land, start­ing school her­self in an in­dige­nous com­mu­nity in the Tor­res Strait and now over­sees the ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port and de­vel­op­ment of gifted and tal­ented stu­dents, Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der stu­dents and those who re­quire learn­ing sup­port for dis­abil­i­ties. She shows an in­tu­itive knowl­edge of her stu­dents and cre­ates a sup­port­ive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Five years ago at only 15, Jesse Kelly co­founded a char­ity to help the home­less from his par­ents’ house in Burpen­gary, north of Bris­bane. As the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of More­ton Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Re­sponse, he han­dles 150 vol­un­teers help­ing 4000 peo­ple per month on top of his day job. Mum Pauline, who nom­i­nated him along with hus­band Dar­ren, said Jesse is the char­ity’s “un­sung hero”. What started as a sim­ple Christ­mas Eve bar­be­cue for a small num­ber of home­less peo­ple in Palm Beach turned into a three­course din­ner for 200 with en­ter­tain­ers such as Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley and Adam Har­vey for Gold Coast teenager Natha­nial Leigh. Now 17, Natha­nial be­gan or­gan­is­ing the Christ­mas lunch as a 14-year-old, us­ing Face­book and lo­cal ra­dio to spread the word about the event. While the lunch will not take place this year, Natha­nial con­tin­ues his com­mu­nity ser­vice work with his in­volve­ment in the Aus­tralian Anti Ice Cam­paign. Somerville House Year 11 stu­dent Emma Simp­son has mo­ti­vated a group of her peers to hold monthly af­ter­noon tea with war vet­er­ans. Held at St John’s Angli­can Church at Bulimba, they or­gan­ise games, mu­sic, food and trans­port for them. She was inspired to start the group, Con­nect 2 Ve Vet­er­ans, af­ter her gr grand­fa­ther, a war ve vet­eran, passed away an and she re­alised oth­ers did not have the fam­ily in their lives that her “P “Poppy” did.

EMMA SIMP­SON

SUP­PORT­EDSU BY NOVANO 106.9

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