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Ann is a shy woman, but will always want to help people. She has found that the best way for her is by doing volunteer works on something she is good at. Yes, that is bookkeeping, as she has a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Sydney and many years of financial experience in various industries and professions using various forms of accounting software. These days, Ann runs her own bookkeeping business, but she considers contributing her hours to PA’s bookkeeping some of her most valuable work. She likes drawing and painting and all art works in her house are self-made.
Larissa is a Eualeyai and Kamillaroi woman, academic and author. She is currently a Professor of Law and holds the Chair of Indigenous Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology in Sydney. Larissa’s first novel Home won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Her latest novel, Legacy, was released in 2009 and won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. She is also the author of several books on Indigenous legal issues. Larissa is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court, Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Larissa is a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Chair of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. In 2009, she was named the NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year and in 2011 was named NSW Australian of the Year. Larissa’s support for Project Australia stems from her desire to see innovative approaches to the challenges we face usher in more equitable futures for all. She is passionate about human rights, contemporary art and all things Parisian.
Leonid is currently working as a Civil Engineer at consulting firm, AECOM. He has a double degree in civil and environmental engineering and he joined Project Australia because it seemed like a good opportunity to volunteer across a broad spectrum of projects.
Leonid is passionate about volunteering, humanitarian engineering and social enterprises. He believes that private businesses can have a huge impact on society by implementing social responsibility programs within their organisations.
At the moment, he spends his time working, playing sport (he likes all sport but at the moment he's practicing Krav Maga, yoga and goes to the gym when he can), he's also learning to play the guitar and trying to speak Russian as often as he can as it is his first language.
Stephen has been supporting Project Australia from the start when he gave them meeting space at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts where he was the CEO. He has worked in Social Change for years in various enterprises involved in healing the natural environment, protection of built and natural heritage, architectural education, refugee advocacy and men's sexual health. He gained a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009 through Milkwood Permaculture (based on a farm near Mudgee) and returned there to start a food growing operation in August 2011. He has just moved to Kurrajong (a much shorter drive to Sydney, his favourite city in the world) to assist in creating a Place of Healing and Learning in a permaculture setting. Stephen is dedicated to making a difference through social change and is really pleased to have been elected Chairman of Project Australia. The times they are a'changing and PA is here to assist the NFP world adapt and grow. Stephen also like to sing, sail, walk about in the bush, play with the finest kelpie in the world (called Baz) and grow tasty organic food.
Writer, facilitator and sometimes arts collaborator, Andrea’s professional career revolves around communications and change. Experience in both corporate and creative spaces has seen her deliver change and training strategies, produce events on both local and world stages, and write content for everything from websites, to how-to manuals and professional bios.
Andrea owns and runs Sydney copywriting agency, Metamorph Australia, and is collaborating with Project Australia founder Donnie Maclurcan on a book that every Australian community group, not-for-profit and ideas person needs to read.
A passionate advocate for innovation, social wealth and environmental protection, Andrea joined Project Australia to help community groups find legs for positive change. She believes unwavering vision, fearless leadership and efficient systems are critical to organisational success. Rockstar wifi, great coffee and a team that’ll laugh with you while pointing out the food in your teeth are also requirements for success.
She’s into design, discovering hidden gems (be it clothes, furniture, people or places in the world) and laughing with friends around a table of good food.
Hannah is the General Manager at Rocketman Media, a company that partners brands with bloggers and online influencers in Australia. She also is the Sydney Curator of The Fetch, a guide to what's happeing in your local professional community. Hannah moved to Australia in 2010 from Cleveland, Ohio. She is passionate about exploring Sydney and discovering everything this city has to offer. Connect with Hannah and say "hello" on Twitter or follow her writing on her blog hannahdemilta.com
Matt is a software engineer, consultant and self-confessed nerd. By day he is a mild mannered research engineer with the Embedded Systems group at National ICT Australia. He has two bachelors degrees - one in science and one in arts, just to balance things out - and is currently studying for a PhD in computer science. His previous job titles include Software Developer, Festival Director and Cat Carer.
He is involved with Project Australia because he sees a dramatic resource shortage (in terms of both time and money) in the not-for-profit sector and he thinks the world would be a nicer place if we helped each other out more. In his spare time he likes to read, go on picnics and pat felines.
Francis Le is recovering from 12 years as a consultant - his treatment program consists of full time home stay with 2 small children. Prior to that, he helped private and public sector clients with IT projects and business process improvement. He is passionate about social change, sustainability and his family. Enjoys odd and disarming humour. In a recent moment of opportunism and frustration, Francis recently organised a protest against consumerism, bringing some of the above passions together: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/activists-to-mock-iphone-5-queue/story-fn3dxiwe-1226477351740
Jessie is an undergraduate studying psychology and law. She has worked as a sales, legal clerk and a drawing tutor, she has also committed to different charitable organisations for a long time and is especially experienced in working with children.
Jessie is passionate about fine arts, playing with kids and gaining some working experience in Australia, especially in the psychological field with children or the legal field. She is involved with Project Australia because she wishes to offer her skills and knowledge, and gaining wide diversity of experiences through PA, and hopes to make the community a better place to live in.
Donnie is an author, social innovator and advocate. In addition to running Project Australia he is co-founder of the Post Growth Institute.
Donnie has had a diverse past, having worked as an exercise physiologist and telephone counsellor, coordinator of a lobby group for Aboriginal justice and a team assisting Sydney’s homeless, a journalist at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, coach of the Fijian Sailing Team, an English and mathematics teacher in South Korea, event manager for The Great Australian Bike Ride (that raised $250k for mental health research), co-developer of the (En)Rich List and the global organiser for Free Money Day.
Through Project Australia he has consulted to over 80 groups and he holds a PhD in Technology Studies. He is involved with Project Australia because he believes that starting good stuff in this country can be a whole lot easier, with just a little help. He is passionate about theatresports, asset-based community development, and flotation baths.
AJ Tennant is a creative copywriter in marketing and advertising, working for communication agency Imagination.
As well as providing creative insights and communications for Project Australia he works on films and online projects with various performance groups. He shares his love for film as a reviewer on radio and works on radio plays whenever possible. A reformed actor, he has turned his back on the stage but continues to write comedy by the bucketload.
He started working with Project Australia for a laugh but soon found love as he discovered the wonderful work they are doing. If he were anywhere else doing anything else, he would be a spear-fisherman on a tropical island, preferably one without a volcano.
Since being introduced to the lucrative and seductive world of social enterprise Ŵendy has been blown from the linear Commerce undergraduate path she was taking. Her time interning with the Australian Secretariat of the United Nations Year of Cooperatives exposed her to people who transformed grand visions into viable and commercial realities. Now she has seeks to spread her insights into the bright young minds through her work in the Steering Committee of Australian Youth Co-operative Council.
Wendy loves travelling along the wave lengths of the innovative minds in Project Australia. She loves the energy, passion and brainiacs of the team and aspires to apply this into her future endeavours of social change.