Founder and CEO
Beginning in 2015, what set NHC apart from many similar organisations was Donna’s livedexperience with overcoming hardship and disadvantage through homelessness.
Donna is the mother of five sons, and derives her inspiration from her youngest, who lives with autism.
Donna’s cultural background as a member of the Ngajtumay and Mirning people connects her to the systematic issues encountered by Indigenous Australians, who are sadly over represented in homelessness statistics.
She has had extensive experience assisting people with complex and multi-faceted barriers to employment.
Through her work with the Australian federal government, she coordinated programs which assisted long-term unemployed people to successfully re-enter the workforce.
Despite all of this, Donna still provides her time on a volunteer basis; directing all funding into the charities, which are all completely donations run.
I'm a political and social change campaigner based in Melbourne. My activism is centered around homelessness advocacy and social equity.
I work as a campaign manager, freelance writer, podcaster, panelist, and community volunteer.
I'm volunteer Vice President of National Homeless Collective; the governing body of Melbourne Period Project, Sleeping Bags for the Homeless, Secret Women's Business, Plate Up Project and The School Project.
In March 2018, I was an Australian delegate to the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women #CSW62 in New York City.
In 2018, I'll be taking part in Australian Progress' Melbourne Fellowship
I'm a proud supporter, member and occasional volunteer of; Joy 94.9 FM, 102.7 Triple RRR, Australian Organ Donar Register, National Tertiary Education Union, Victorian Aids Council, YWCA Australia, Western Bulldogs Women's Club, Animals Australia, Unicef, Plan International, R.I.S.E Refugees Survivors & Ex-Detainees, GetUp!, Amnesty International, and Democracy In Colour.