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Deaf Children Need Sign Language: DRISANA LEVITZKE-GRAY

Drisana Levitzke-Gray is the recipient of the 2015 Young Australian of the Year Award in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of deaf people, raising awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and the rights of deaf children in Australia to access Auslan from birth. A motivational speaker and consultant, she works for Woolworths as a Workplace Advocate as well as a columnist for PrimoLIFE Magazine and a voluntary committee member for a number of organisations. Drisana is the embodiment of the concept of ‘deaf gain’ – not ‘hearing loss’ – by inspiring the...

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Our Pets: Rethinking the Way We Say Goodbye: DR JACKIE CAMPBELL

Dr Jackie Campbell is a veterinarian who will warm your heart. Passionate in equal measures about her patients and about the families who care for them, Jackie often becomes a lifeline for her clients during their most difficult of days. As the director of one of Queensland’s first palliative care services for pets, she manages a team of veterinarians who are working to help families better navigate the challenges of end of life decision making. Alongside this important work, Jackie is the Brisbane clinic co-ordinator for a charity that brings together volunteer vets and nurses, in order to provide...

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Hope for the Homeless: KARYN WALSH

Karyn Walsh began working with young people experiencing homelessness since she came to Brisbane in the 1980s. Now, as the CEO of Micah Projects, a local not-for-profit, she is committed to finding new ways to end and prevent homelessness. Her leadership is focused on implementing a housing first approach, which requires integrating healthcare with community services as a critical resource to enable people to improve their quality of life, sustain housing and reduce reliance on hospital care. Karyn is a Director of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness. She was a Founding Member of the Australian Common Ground Alliance,...

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We Need Art: J.M. DONELLAN

J.M. Donellan is an author, musician, poet, radio DJ and teacher. He nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India, and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris. He scripted and voiced the internationally popular Pocket Hipster iPhone app – despite not having an iPhone. Josh was a National Finalist in the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam and has performed at festivals all over Australia both solo and with his band Poetry is Dead....

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Yoga & the Power of Generosity: NATAHLIA JOY BUITENDYK

Lara Nobel has always had a natural tendency to problem solve, so when she found herself at the bottom rung of one of the world’s least affordable housing markets, she immediately started brainstorming alternatives. With an optimism that’s grounded in tangible solutions, Lara has travelled the world studying urban design solutions in Berlin, micro-housing in Tokyo, and alternative housing in Portland. She’s now developing a new type of compact housing in Australia – one that’s driven by our needs rather than market expectations. Leading by example, she has co-founded a company to produce these affordable ‘tiny houses’. After completing...

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