Our Ambassador program is here and we excited to introduce our amazing and talented Ambassadors to the EdConnect team.
We have embarked on a journey to build an Ambassador Group to help the reach of the EdConnect profile. It is a pleasure to welcome our new Ambassadors who play a major role in the promotion of our program and we warmly welcome each to bring their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to different areas of the organisation. Their support is very much appreciated and valued.
“I’m honoured to support EdConnect because of its ability to harness the power of intergenerational connection. They give the undivided attention of a caring adult, and they do so consistently over time. I know from Nightline for many on the margins life is very transient, and contact is predominantly with people paid to fulfil a role. Being volunteers, each time they turn up they give a student struggling to realise their potential the unspoken but clear message; “You are worth my time – you matter”.
Graham was a presenter of 6PR’s Nightline Program for the 30+ years. He left 6PR in 2014 and has recently released a podcast aimed to shine the light on the aging journey called Demystifying Aged Care.
Graham pioneered rehabilitation courses for homeless young people in Perth and has received numerous awards for similar humanitarian work. These include the Medal of the Order of Australia. WA Citizen of the Year for community service, the Federation Medal, and Advance Australia Award for individual Achievement in the 2008 WA consumer Protection Awards 2013. He is a Fellow of Edith Cowan University.
Graham was the inaugural Chairman of the Living Stone Foundation (1987), which became Lifeline WA. He began his career in education as a Secondary Teacher becoming Head of the Music Department at a specialize music Secondary School. Using his skills as a teacher, Graham made the leap into media at the ABC as an Education Producer.
He has been a member of the pastoral team at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church for 49 years. In December 2020, he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary to Merle and has twin sons, two beautiful daughters and five wonderful grandchildren.
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Annie is Executive Chairperson and co-founder of the Fogarty Foundation which she established with her husband Brett in 2000. The Foundation is a social venturer providing educational opportunities to help build strong communities in Western Australia.
Under Annie’s leadership, the Foundation supports a range of partner organisations and develops initiatives to provide excellence in education and opportunities for young people to fulfill their potential and lead purposeful lives.
She is involved in a number of boards and committees including the Boards of Teach, Learn, Grow and Roseworth Primary School and is Ambassador for Children and Young People WA and Teach For Australia.
Annie was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for her work in the advancement of education in Western Australia. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Australia and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Edith Cowan University and in 2015 was acknowledged by ACEL (WA) as a Pre-Eminent Educational Leader. Annie is 2020 WA Australian of the Year.
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Appointed as a Director and then Chairman in 2013, Ms Edwardes retired from the Board in 2016. Ms Edwards remains a strong supporter leading a Friends of EdConnect group. Ms Edwards is currently Chairman of Vimy Resources Limited, Chairman of Atlas and is also a former Attorney General for Western Australia and Minister for the Environment, providing government relations counsel. She has served as Partner with an international law firm, was the Executive General Manager for External Affairs, Government Relations and Approvals at an Australian mineral exploration and extraction company. Cheryl served as the state’s Minister for the Environment from 1997 to 2001 and also as Western Australia’s first female Attorney General.