26 January 2015





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Gabrielle Clark

Special Olympian - Swimming, State Champion 2002 / Golfer
New South Wales

Gabrielle Clark has achieved a great deal as an athlete and a person with a disability. A self-advocate for people with Down Syndrome, she has representedAustraliaand the state ofNew South Walesat both international and national forums and sporting events...

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Damian Candusso

Multi-awardWwinning Sound Designer and Senior Lecturer
New South Wales

Damian is an international multi-award winning Sound Designer and Senior Lecturer within the School of Communication and Creative Industries Charles Sturt University. With over 17 years of industry experience in film, television, animation, games and...

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Libby Hathorn

New South Wales

Libby Hathorn is an award winning poet and author of more than fifty books for children and young people, as well as books for adults. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States,...

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Clary Castrission

Founding Director and CEO - 40K Home Foundation
New South Wales

Clary was a 22-year old law student when one of his Professors told him, “If you want to get involved in international poverty-reduction, don’t do it from a high-rise in New York or Geneva. Get to the developing world and get your hands dirty.”...

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Noel Cleal

Rugby League Great
New South Wales

Noel Cleal is an Australian former rugby league footballer who has also had a successful coaching career. Noel was a second rower for the Manly Sea Eagles, represented New South Wales in the State of Origin Series and the Australian National Rugby League...

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Byron Watson

Opera Singer
New South Wales

Byron Watson is one of Australia’s leading operatic baritones, and an award-winning digital content producer and project manager for NSW National Parks. In the theatre world, Byron received 2013 Helpmann and Green Room award nominations for creating...

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John Harper

Founder of Mate Helping Mate (Mental Wellbeing Awareness)
New South Wales

John Harper is a wheat/sheep farmer from Stockinbingal (Southern NSW) who, in 2006 began Mate helping Mate in the north-east Riverina.  John had recognised that as a consequence of the continuing drought and being rural or regional, many of his neighbours...

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Liz Deep-Jones

TV Presenter, Journalist & Author
New South Wales

Liz Deep-Jones is a television journalist/presenter, author, producer, broadcaster and public speaker. Liz became a leading television identity after establishing herself as a journalist and presenter on SBS TV's former premier nightly sports news program,...

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Greg Donovan

Founder of Born to Run, Motivational Speaker
New South Wales

Greg was born in 1961 and is a long time Warringah resident living in Allambie where he built a home for his family in 1989. He is married to Raylene and has 3 grown children, Laura, Matt and Stephen. Greg has always enjoyed endurance sports, and after...

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Susie Maroney

Ultra-marathon Swimmer
New South Wales

AWARDS AND HONOURS  Awarded Order ofAustralia, 1993 Honours List 1998 Variety Club Sportswoman of the Year 1993 NSW Sportswoman of the Year Young Achiever of the Year 1990, 1991 Channel 10 Young Achiever Sports Award 1991 YoungAustraliaof the Year Finalist...

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Henri Szeps

New South Wales

Henri was born in a refugee camp in Switzerland during World War Two. At 11 months old he was fostered out to a wonderful Swiss family, who probably saved his life. When peace came he was raised intermittently by this family and his now single mother,...

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Paul Featherstone

Senior Instructor For NSW Ambulance Scat Team
New South Wales

Paul Featherstone is a unique individual.  Paul has spent the last 35 years perfecting skills in the recovery and care of people in life threatening situations, placing his own life at risk on countless occasions in order to save the lives of others. Joining...

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Joelle Hadjia

Singer, 2013 X Factor Contestant
New South Wales

Joelle is an independent Australian singer/songwriter and personality based in Sydney. Her talent was first showcased on the Australian X Factor stage, where she was mentored by the likes of Redfoo, Dannii Minogue, Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte,...

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Julie Verner-Mackay

Founding Director of VM Learning

In 1989 Julie established VM Learning in 1989, a highly reputable Learning and Development company based in Brisbane. An established leader in the people development industry, VM Learning has provided a unique, innovative approach to the holistic development...

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Sarah Todd

Contestant, MasterChef, Series 6

Sarah Todd became a household name to fans of MasterChef when she was a contestant on the show in 2014. However her journey from catwalk model to cook began long before she appeared on Australian television screens. Ten years of travelling the world as...

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Ron Rankin AM

Australian Volunteer Surf Lifesaver

Ron Rankin has been a volunteer member of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) for 50 years and was on the national Board of Directors for 25 years. He continues to undertake duties for surf lifesaving as a volunteer. He was national President from 2001...

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David Pugh

Chef, Owner - Restaurant Two

Chef David Pugh is known for his down to earth attitude and approach to food. David’s continual search for the best available fresh produce provides his inspiration and the basis of the menu at his acclaimed Restaurant Two. David is known for working...

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Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM

Children’s champion

Dr Barbara Piscitelli is a world leader in early childhood education. Her research explores cultural policy and childhood, young children’s learning in museums, and visual arts education. In 1986, Barbara established an archive of children's art from...

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Annabel Pike

Intensive Care Nurse

Born at 26 weeks gestation, Annabel suffers from a profound, bilateral, sensory neural hearing loss. Diagnosed at age 3, Annabel was not a candidate for a cochlear implant. However, an ear infection in 2012, caused a further loss of hearing resulting...

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Sophie Phillis

Vocal Performer, 'The Voice' 2013

Combine a music degree, a world tour and an impressive showing on The Voice and you get Sophie Phillis, a contemporary vocalist from Queensland whose diverse musical experiences have given her a passion to write, record and perform on stages near and...

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