A Note From Our CEO Donna Stolzenberg

What an incredible, surreal and absolutely amazing day. This morning I sat on a zoom call with 16 strangers. We have all been nominated for an award from the Australia Day Council. Myself and three others in the meeting have the honour of being Australian the Year 2021 finalist for Victoria.

What an absolutely incredible honour. It was surreal and exciting being in on this zoom meeting. Indeed a once in a life time experience that I will never forget.

For me though, the most unforgettable part of the zoom was meeting the most incredible people who are all doing phenomenal work to support fellow Victorians. They are Mums and Dads, Doctors and sport stars, grandparents, students and everything in between. They are, like me, everyday people with average everyday lives.

But what they’re doing to help, to change and to support our great state of Victoria and her people took my breath away. Please do take a few minutes to read up on my fellow nominees and learn what they’re doing for our State of Victoria and the people living here. I feel an overwhelming sense of honour to be included amongst these phenomenal people.

All of you reading this know what I do, because you’re here, so you know me and you’re already supporting me and the charity, and for that I can never thank you enough. Please take a moment to read this article and see why I can say hand on heart, whomever wins this award is truly deserving.



Please make sure you’re watching the 2021 VIC Australian of the Year Awards on 27 October to celebrate with me and find out who the recipients are.

Tune in to the live stream link at @AustralianoftheYear on Facebook from 6:30pm (AEDT).





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