Originally from South Africa, Shannon spent 11 years living in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 2011. Shannon has a degree in Sociology and is a practising lawyer based in Perth. She is passionate about working to achieve gender equality and ensure that every woman has a voice. As a mother of two daughters, it is a topic that is close to her heart.
Her volunteer experience has focused on gender equality within the workforce. However, the sheer enormity of the human trafficking industry astounds her. She is a strong believer that achieving gender equality is everyone's responsibility. She is very excited about joining the team and helping women and children who have been affected by trafficking and abuse. Her goal i is to help raise awareness of this very important issue.
Communications & Engagement Officer
Elli is a young professional, currently working at Westpac Banking Corporation as a Finance manager. She began her career at KPMG in 2008 as an assistant accountant in Private Enterprise providing tax, accounting & audit services to small-medium firms & high net worth individuals. Since then she has held numerous roles across retail, legal practice and financial services.
In her current role Elli supports the retail banking business across all brands and channels in their pursuit to be the world’s greatest service company. This aligns to one of her core values: being of service to others by contributing to their well-being and satisfaction. This ingrained willingness to lend a hand derives from her culturally diverse (mix of Cypriot, Tongan, Fijian & Chinese) first generation migrant parents who installed in her a strong sense of community, integrity and inquisitiveness.
Elli’s inquisitive nature is further exhibited in her passion for continuous development. She considers herself a ‘forever student’ making her eager to both build on her academic foundation in business and law whilst also staying in tune with the rapidly changing economic, political & societal environment.
Margaret was born into a family that outwardly appeared perfectly normal, but from a young age she endured horrendous sexual and emotional abuse from her ‘religious’ father, which only came to an end when she escaped to become a nun. Later, she was further abused by two predatory priests. Demonstrating extraordinary resilience and determination she went on to create a meaningful life.
After a career in teaching, Margaret established her own personal development business and became a Lifeline counselor. She now works at the local Fernwood gym, where she assists other women to achieve their goals.
Throughout her own healing she found the strength and courage to break the silence of the scourge that is sexual abuse. She exposed the truth about her family and other members of the clergy in her book: “Blood on the Rosary”, appearing on TV and radio. Margaret’s revelations led to her being estranged from her family and strongly attacked by executive members of the Catholic Church. Margaret does not view herself as a victim, but as an empowered woman, who has managed to grasp her life with both hands in order to be able to reach her dreams.
Partnerships Coordinator, Fernwood Gym