Joel Bayliss

Reconciliation advocate

Joel Bayliss is a strategic agency representative for Reconciliation SA. Joel is a proud Aboriginal man who has lived on Kaurna land his whole life. He has a keen passion for Social Justice. In response to a Bill Leak cartoon that portrayed a negative stereotype of Aboriginal fathers, Joel posted an image of himself and his two beautiful children Ava and Isaiah to Twitter. This single image became a national movement known as #indigenousdads with thousands of images shared – turning that negative stereotype into a positive one. Joel authored the opinion piece “I consider myself lucky to learn about my culture. Too many Aboriginal people missed out” published in @indigenousX and The Guardian. Joel is on a number of boards including Australia Day Council of South Australia (recently retired from this role) and Reconciliation South Australia. He believes that reconciliation is the process where we as Australians acknowledge the past but move forward together as Aboriginal and nonAboriginal Australians.

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Nasir Hussain

Diversity Advocate & President of Muslim Australian Connections of South Australia

Since migrating to Australia in 2006, Nasir has devoted himself to building bridges between Muslims and the wider Australian society.

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

Community Leader & 2014 SA Australian of the Year

A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia

Chris Schacht

Former Senator & President of Volleyball Australia

Chris is a former President of the Australian Volleyball Federation and an elected representative to the Legal Commission of the “Federation Internationale de Volleyball”. He is also a board member of numerous worthwhile organisations.

Pat Rix

South Australian Local Hero, 2007

A respected artistic director with significant experience creating collaborative community and mainstage productions in South Australia, the United States and Southeast Asia.
Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor - Business, Law and Environment

Professor Jennifer McKay AM is an academic lawyer with a passion for research to celebrate some but reform other laws to achieve a sound and clean environment for future generations.
Christine Robertson

Christine Robertson OAM

Co-founder of Lost Pets of South Australia, Creator of Chipblitz program & SA State Recipient Local Hero 2023

Christine co-founded the Lost Pets of South Australia charity in 2013 to reunite lost pets with their families. The volunteer organisation uses social media and its connections with the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups to get lost animals back home.