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Meet The Regional Representatives
Diana Nampeera Akampikaho
Uganda Country Director
Uganda Logistics Coordinator
Azamkunda "Azam" Viola
Uganda Production Manager
Uganda Administrative Assistant
East Africa Enterprise Coordinator
Uganda Finance Officer
Enterprise Communication Liaison
Days for Girls Australia Limited Board of Directors
Lynne’s career largely focused on the welfare of children and young adults in the education and health sectors. She has lived and worked in Uganda and Kenya where she witnessed first-hand the inequities girls and women face in providing a better future for themselves and their families. Lynne has gained useful knowledge of the situation ‘on-the ground’ in these countries regarding training, production and distribution of kits.
Lynne has served on many not-for-profit organisations and started the first registered team in Queensland. With the help of many wonderful volunteers Redlands has grown to Chapter status. Lynne was Queensland’s founding State Director and has had the privilege of being the Board President for the past year.
Retiring as Vice President and New South Wales and ACT Director and Re-nominating
Trudy had wide experience working in service industries focusing on customer service, particularly in the telecommunications industry, before switching to the not-for-profit sector. She co-founded an organisation in 2012 providing advocacy to grassroots organisations across Asia, especially those looking after women and children, to assist with their development and to improve the effectiveness of their service to communities in need. This work took her to Vietnam, Myanmar, Timor Leste and India. Trudy joined the Gosford North Team in 2014 and has been the New South Wales Director for three years.
Gloria, our Founding Australian Executive Director, comes from a farming background and has worked in administration in many sectors including radio, schools, community care and not-for-profits. Previously she was the Newcastle Chapter Leader, New South Wales State Director and as mentioned founding Australian Executive Director for Days for Girls. Gloria has seen many changes in structure of both Days for Girls in Australia and internationally and will always be thankful for so many volunteers who have embraced the changes as we grow towards reaching Every Girl, Everywhere, Period.
Gloria was awarded Rotary International’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award for her work for Days for Girls and has had the privilege of visiting many Days for Girls projects around the world including Uganda, Nepal, Philippines, Vanuatu and Fiji. There she has witnessed first-hand lives being changed one kit at a time.
In May this year, Gloria remained on the Board as Founding Director and was thrilled to welcome Mary Connelly-Gale, as new Australian Coordinator, to be part of the supportive and dedicated Australian Board.
West Australia Director
New to her town, Brenda, a retired Primary School Teacher, was looking for that 'special something' that would get her involved in her community. In the meantime, Miriam Wardle, who sews for the Perth Chapter, read a newspaper article about Brenda and her husband’s participation in a literacy program in PNG and contacted her about Days for Girls. This was what Brenda was looking for and she registered the Bridgetown Team immediately.
At the same time, the Bridgetown Family and Community Centre were looking for another charitable activity to
include in their program and so began a dynamic partnership between the two groups.
Energised and very focused, Days for Girls awareness and productivity took off quickly in the town and region and soon Brenda was appointed in the role of State Coordinator.
Brenda was a finalist in the 2016 Zonta Areas 3 Woman Achievement Award and a Harcourts Hero recipient for
outstanding contribution to her community. She works alongside skilled and creative co-leaders and is very grateful for her husband's faithful support.
Australian Finance Director
Michelle’s career with not-for-profit organisations began in Sydney as Chief Financial Officer of the Wesley Institute. Currently employed with DVConnect, Michelle has also worked as Financial Controller with Compassion and Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children. Michelle brought to these child and youth education and welfare organisations proper budgeting and accurate accounting in order to channel as many funds as possible to their purpose and vision. Michelle brings this same level of integrity and desire to Days for Girls Australia, to allow Chapter and Team Leaders, together with State Directors to achieve their goals of providing kits for impoverished women and girls. Michelle has served as Finance Director for over three years.
Retiring as South Australian and Northern Territory Director and Re-nominating
Susanne is a retired registered nurse/midwife. Volunteering in Fiji with Rotary and witnessing the difficulties faced by impoverished women and girls to maintain adequate health and hygiene, she commenced Days for Girls in South Australia in 2012. As Adelaide Chapter Leader, she enthusiastically promotes Days for Girls, passionately supporting groups to sew kits and provide health education in Australia and overseas.
Susanne is also a worthy recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award for her work for Days for Girls. Susanne has served as South Australian Director for over four years.
Faye has a strong and successful business background spanning many years. Her ‘spare’ time is taken up with something she is very passionate about – raising the status of women, both in Australia, and around the world.
Faye has received several awards for the work she has done in this field including the BPW Australian Woman of the Year and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award, ‘in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world’.
It seemed a perfect fit when she was first introduced to Days for Girls. The privilege of helping to empower young women with the gift of dignity and education is not taken lightly. Faye supports the North Strathfield Team and served as President of the Board of Days for Girls Australia Limited for over two years.
Retiring as Tasmanian Director and Tasmanian Sewing Specialist
Janelle has been involved with Days for Girls for the past three years. She decided to volunteer with this organisation after hearing Denise Talbot speak at a Launceston Patchwork Quilters meeting.
As she had been a dressmaker and quilter for many years, she felt she had the skills needed to ‘make a contribution’. As Janelle has been a secondary school teacher, Days for Girls also ‘fitted’ with her interest in the education of women and girls. From an early age Janelle was interested in sewing, her grandmother having taught her to sew on a treadle sewing machine.
Janelle studied dressmaking at TAFE before she was married and made most of her own and her children’s clothes for many years. After the usual foray into many different crafts, pottery, china painting, macramé etc, she found her true love in patchwork. That was back in 1986, and she has continued ever since.
Janelle has been on the Board for 12 months and the Tasmanian Sewing Specialist for the two years. During her time as Director and State Sewing Specialist she has enjoyed travelling around the state, meeting wonderful and committed like-minded women.
Robyn joined the Redlands Chapter in 2016. As well as sewing, Robyn also took on the role of administrative assistant to Lynne Sutherland in her capacity as Chapter Leader and Queensland Coordinator, as well as coordinating the Days for Girls shirt and name badge ordering and distribution across Australia.
Robyn’s background is in education, and so she is passionate about helping to keep girls in school and empower them through a stronger, more stable education experience. Her heart goes out to girls and women who have no means of managing this basic biological process. She considers it a great privilege to be able to assist in addressing this abhorrent situation.
Robyn was also involved for many years in the Nursing Mothers Association (now known as the Australian Breastfeeding Association) as a Breastfeeding Councillor and group leader. This role was also very much about empowering women and supporting them in their biological roles.
Robyn has been the Queensland Director for the past year.
Carolyn discovered Days for Girls by accident while searching for information about another organisation and she immediately began downloading patterns and instructions and seeking the support of other Days for Girls Teams nearby.
An avid seamstress with a good network of creative and like-minded friends, Carolyn started the Camberwell Team with Mary Connelly-Gale in 2014. Despite a tree-change to the Macedon Ranges in late 2015 and with the support of her co-leaders, she continues to lead a large group of amazing volunteers under the Camberwell Chapter. Carolyn also leads the Macedon Ranges Team, which she began soon after moving. Carolyn has served as Victorian Director for the past two years.
As the husband of Susanne, Director South Australia and Northern Territory, Keith is well informed about Days for Girls and a long-term supporter. He has been secretary of his Rotary Club and Parish Council. Before retiring Keith worked as a town planner and in public policy administration.
Keith has served as Secretary since October 2017.
Mary has been involved with Days for Girls, since 2014 when she and Carolyn Walker started the Camberwell Chapter. Mary moved to the Marshall Islands in 2015 where she promoted Days for Girls at every opportunity. When she returned to country Victoria and discovered there was no team nearby, she started the Goulburn Valley Chapter.
Mary is an experienced communication and engagement professional with extensive experience in strategic development, public relations, event management, public speaking, facilitation and project management in a range of industries across Australia, India, Marshall Islands, and the USA. She first developed her love for charity work while living in India and volunteered at a Home for Vulnerable children.
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