Hi everyone! It's been an amazing journey being on the Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the last 2 years.
James is a current board member of Mardi Gras with 2 years of experience and knowledge about the organisation. He's the founder of DIY Rainbow, hosts LGBTQI themed forums, and is a strong advocate for progressive ideals.
"A progressive Board is the best board to deliver results to our community, and actually the best to achieve financial security. As we approach the 40th anniversary we need to remember our protest roots and stand up to the Federal Government to stop the vilification of Safe Schools, roadblocks to Marriage Equality, to encourage universal funding for PrEP, and express our solidarity with Refugees."
"Mardi Gras is without a doubt one of the most important voices in Australia. Let’s make that voice speak loudly all year round. Let’s reinvest in the grassroots community by working toward the creation of cultural grants as well as including festival events in the Greater Sydney region. I have a strong focus on supporting the next generation of LGBTIQAs and am keen to ensure that we engage this segment of our community."
Samuel is a management consultant with 20 years experience in corporate training, leadership coaching, and business planning for many of Australia’s top 200 companies.
"I see my role as helping the board make well informed decisions in the areas of strategy, policy, risk and governance so that Mardi Gras achieves it's aspirations. I'm also focused on working with community groups, individuals and businesses to expand the scope of Mardi Gras so it engages people 365 days a year."
Ollie runs a social business, House of Riot, which works in youth political outreach. She is also an activist, community organiser and campaigner. She is on the board of Vibewire, an advocate for youth voices, and advisory boards with ACON.
"Mardi Gras for me is a celebration of who we are and where we have come from. I feel so much gratitude for those who had fought before me and gifted us the freedom to walk the streets free from prosecution, but also sadness in the knowledge that the fight continues for many. I believe the Mardi Gras’ key performance indicators should not only be financial but should also acknowledge to what degree we serve and support the community that we represent."
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