2012 Victorian Finalist, Senior Australian of the Year.
Forging strong community relationships through her energy, dedication and generosity of spirit, Gwennyth Baker has been an effective campaigner for diabetes research for more than 26 years. After her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, Gwennyth became involved in fundraising to assist medical research to find a cure for the disease after joining the JDRF’s (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Melbourne Chapter. Along the way, Gwennyth became involved in every aspect of the not-for-profit venture, including management of people and projects, fundraising, awareness raising and community support programs. For two and a half decades, Gwennyth has volunteered up to 35 hours a week. Anyone who visits the Foundation’s office any day of the week is likely to find Gwennyth in a Walk to Cure diabetes T shirt, counting out lapel pins to sell or making phone calls to volunteers. From consoling and reassuring the parents of newly-diagnosed children, to educating teachers in schools on how to care for a child with diabetes and speaking at public forums, Gwennyth never misses an opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes and to raise the funds so critical to finding a cure for the disease.