Kerry Kornhauser has a background in the advertising industry including positions with two major advertising agencies, Clemengers and George Pattersons. She also spent time in private health creating a private hospital chain ‘Australian Health Resources’ and establish successful private corporate accommodation hotels. Kerry has contributed to many volunteer organisations, and in 2008 was asked to chair the first Sudanese Women’s Conference, which she notes, though very successful, it was also very challenging. Mid 2008, she joined the Rotary Club of Albert Park and has been awarded a Royce Abbey Award, Paul Harris Fellow Recognition - Sapphire. She has held a variety of Rotary Board positions leading up to her Presidency in 2011-2012 and continues to be involved in strategic initiatives such as her passion for women and their role in Rotary with a personal mission to increase the percentage of women in Rotary to 30%, which is now sitting at 28%. During her Presidency at Rotary Albert Park, she took a team of Rotarians to Australia’s outback. Kerry was in contact with an Indigenous community in Ngnambala, Emu Point 6 hours out of Darwin who had a Principal of the school who identified that access to fresh food was a real issue in their community. This principal was passionate about eating healthy and wanted a kitchen garden. So they travelled with a water tank in their trailer to the most remote area any of had ever been to help set it up…. 7 years later we still get Facebook messages with photos of how well the vegies are growing!! Recently, joined the Bridge of Hope’s White Dove movement working to help vulnerable girls and young women as they exit from the State care and youth justice systems, trying to create a positive difference and influence in their lives. Kerry sits on the Violence Free Families Board and Road Traffic Support Services Victoria and awarded an OAM in the Australian Day Awards 2017.
Martha Jabour Homicide Victims Support Group
Martha Jabour has been the Executive Director of the Homicide Victims' Support Group (Aust) Inc. since 1993. She was employed by the Institute of Forensic Medicine in 1993 to co-ordinate and to set up the support group, providing counselling, support and referrals for the family members of homicide within the counselling section. Martha trained as a grief and trauma counsellor after the death of her second son Michael to cot death at the Bereavement Care Centre.
She acquired experience within the areas of Grief, Trauma, Policy Development, Strategic Planning and responding to crisis management whilst working both in a voluntary and paid position with the Sudden Infant Death Association of NSW. Her interests are to further promote victims’ rights and needs, with a special focus on education, advocacy and crime prevention, particularly in the areas of domestic violence, mental health and juvenile justice.
Stephanie Woollard Seven Women
Stephanie Woollard is a Melbourne-born social entrepreneur, Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar and Rotarian who has created the international aid organisation Seven Women, tour-company Hands On Development and the International Training and Hospitality initiative. Stephanie started her Seven Women project when she was only 22 years old, after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a small tin shed. In Nepal, disabilities carry a strong social stigma, believed to bring bad fortune. The women were consequently able to sell only a fraction of what they produced at market and lived in dire poverty. Disturbed by the injustice and isolation these women were facing, she spent her last $200 of travel money to pay two trainers to help up-skill the women and sell their products abroad. Since then Steph has devoted the past decade to changing the lives of disabled and marginalised women in Nepal. In 2016, Stephanie was recognised on the global stage with a prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award, one of only six honorees worldwide. Other accolades received include, Moral FairGround’s, National Most Ethical Enterprise Award in 2014, the Nepali Association of Victoria’s award for “Commendable service to the Nepalese Community, “ and the distinguished La Trobe Young Achiever Alumni of the Year Award in 2016. Stephanie holds an Undergraduate degree inInternational Development from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and a Masters degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Sweden
Tino Babao Food Plant Solutions
Tino was born in TPNG and came to Australia with his family as a four year old. He returned to his country of birth as a teacher, participating in the Administration’s policy of universal primary education in English. Working in several village schools in the Sepik and adang districts, it was apparent that some children lacked energy and tended to fall asleep during lessons. Possible causes were several, and although food was scarce sometimes, due to adverse climatic conditions, in general, the villagers could obtain sufficient food from their gardens or from the trade stores. It was at a district conference in Kingaroy when Tino first heard of Food Plant Solutions in an inspirational talk by Buz Green whose company was assisting with the promotion of FPS. His thoughts flashed back to those listless children in the Sepik and Madang Districts. Was this a part of the answer to their problems? It was evident that Food Plants International had a wealth of information on nutritious, edible plants, and that Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group was an ideal base from which to disseminate the information. Tino became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Wewak but this was short lived as he was transferred out for 4 years of bush service. The next posting was Madang, where he re-established his connection with Rotary and served as president. The family finally settled in Brisbane and Tino joined the Nundah club. He has held all positions of club responsibility including twice as president, and on the District level he worked mainly on youth committees. Over 40+ years he has been awarded 4 sapphires to his PHF. Currently, he serves as the District Chairman for the National Youth Science Forum and is a member of the FPS Rotary Action Group Committee. ino Babao