Outstanding Not for Profit
This award category is proudly presented by ZEST Event Sponsor – NSW Premier & Cabinet.
- Must demonstrate extraordinary leadership within a new or existing community.
- Show evidence of where they have taken an active role for the well-being and improvement in their community.
Inspiring people and harnessing partnerships to deliver the best possible support to vulnerable people is a hallmark of Jenny Ranft’s approach, developing well-being and improving the lives of people who are homeless in outer Western Sydney. Jenny is the Divisional Manager, Community Services at Wentworth Community Housing and has led teams to deliver prevention, early intervention and support services for government and non-government organisations, for over 30 years. At Wentworth, she established Heading Home, focusing on ending homelessness with a fresh approach which challenged systemic norms. Her inspirational leadership brings diverse groups together to work collectively on this vision.
Cinzia Guaraldi commenced as community facilitator, charged with fostering vibrancy and connection, making Thornton an attractive place to live. Over the ensuing 3 years, Cinzia nurtured a welcoming community by working to establish a positive sense of place and belonging among Thornton residents, assisting new residents to connect with resources and settle into their neighbourhood, and developing social infrastructure to support the long-term sustainability of the Thornton community. Thornton Community Group was incorporated in 2018. This very diverse and committed group will continue the initiatives, community partnerships and community development work established by Cinzia.
Terrisa is the Chief Operating officer of Make Bullying History Foundation (MBHF) and leads the SAFEHEART arm of the charity. MBHF and SAFEHEART deliver award-winning anti-bullying and anti-domestic violence educational programs to schools, community groups, teachers,
parents and corporate groups. Terrisa is a tireless community leader, continuously building partnerships with other organisations and ensuring our communities are always growing safer and stronger. Terrisa has been responsible for partnerships with the Lisa Harnum Foundation and Community Migrant Resource Centre as well as the Hills Shire Council and Life Choices Foundation that have resulted in over 30 schools in Western Sydney receiving highly impacting programs to over 10,000 senior high school students.
Bill McGookin is the chair of the Right Start Foundation Ltd, a charitable organisation started in 2010 by parents whose children have Down Syndrome, dedicated to ensuring their support and fulfilment. The Right Start Foundation provides grants across Australia to assist people of all ages who have Down Syndrome, and for their families in need of financial assistance. Bill is the tireless leader of this group of volunteer parents, helping people in areas where the NDIS cannot assist.
Ned is the CEO of the not–for–profit organisation, Rap 4 Change. Ned works tirelessly alongside the Rap 4 Change team to meet the needs of the local community, especially young people. The founder of the Mt Druitt Lions Football, Baseball and Basketball clubs, Ned regularly holds workshops that utilise music to address issues with young people around bullying, respect and social justice issues. Ned often works without pay, without resources and without support, but continues to deliver everything he can to achieve better outcomes for people living with disabilities, with socio-economic challenges, behavioural issues and young people in general. His leadership reflects the qualities of a social justice warrior.
Craig’s Table NSW is a unique program for people with workplace injuries, and re-frames their inherent potential to grow aspirations that go beyond their pre-injury preconceptions. Rosemary is the author of this remarkable program, which, since its inception under iCare in NSW, has changed the lives of numerous people with effects reverberating across industries, communities and sectors throughout the region. This multi-faceted program even puts food on tables, through the Craig’s Table Bags of Love food project. Rosemary is one of those quiet achievers that we all rely on to step up and get things done; no matter the parameters or the challenges, she delivers.
Sarithya joined Hume Community Housing Association in 2016 as a founding member of the Community Cohesion Team. Sarithya has worked with partners in Liverpool and Claymore to implement Neighbourhood Plans that reflect Hume customers’ aspirations for their communities. Sarithya has been responsible for putting the Employment and Learning Opportunities Strategy into operation, which enables customers to establish learning and employment goals, overcome barriers and obtain and sustain employment. Sarithya’s initiative, ingenuity and networks, as well as her experience in community consultation, capacity–building programs and developing and delivering community education and training programs has resulted in improved quality of life for Hume customers.