19 May 2021 FREE: Community Leadership Forum – City of Cockburn

Do you want to feel inspired to be more involved in your community?


Proudly supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests, Auspire and the City of Cockburn invite you to attend an Understanding Civics and Citizenship Community Leadership Forum which features talks from outstanding Australians discussing their own contribution towards active citizenship, community involvement and the benefits of this both personally and for their community.  Learn how you too can get involved and actively participate in making your community a better place.


Annie Fogarty AM

WA Australian of the Year 2020

Education social venturer

With her husband Brett, Annie Fogarty AM founded the Fogarty Foundation in 2000 to help advance education, support young people to reach their full potential and to build stronger communities.

Under Annie’s leadership, the foundation identifies areas of need, supports partner organisations with philanthropic funds, connections and knowledge, and develops initiatives that deliver educational opportunities, inspire community leadership and enrich lives.

The foundation enhances excellence and high quality instruction in schools by investing in education programs, teachers and school leaders. Through the foundation, Annie has developed the Fogarty EDvance program, which improves the educational outcomes of children who attend schools in lower socio-economic communities.

The foundation’s scholarship program for tertiary students provides financial support, a leadership program, enrichment opportunities, and supportive networks to help develop future leaders. Annie is also involved with several boards and committees to help foster innovation and creativity in young people, and is committed to ensuring excellent education and learning for all.

Nilesh Makwana

Auspire Ambassador 2021

CEO, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

As one of Australia’s newest citizens, Nilesh Makwana works tirelessly to make his adopted home more inclusive. He is co-founder and CEO of illuminance Solutions, a national technology company and Microsoft Global Partner for Social Impact. With his business partner, Vincent Lam, Nilesh has built a high-performing team that is, arguably, one of the most diverse workplaces in Australia. In addition to technology consulting and professional services, the company has created software products to fill a gap in support for those living with disability, Indigenous Native title trusts and corporations, and the elderly.

Nilesh’s philanthropic activities are driven by a focus on empathy and creating social impact for the betterment of society. He has worked tirelessly to eliminate the digital literacy gap in Indigenous communities and throughout regional Western Australia by providing countless hours of free technical training. Nilesh is the founder of West Tech Assemblage, an event for tech leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators to promote cross-industry collaboration. With his wife, Lene, he co-founded Borderless Gandhi, a non-profit organisation promoting Gandhi’s message of peace, equality and nonviolence through various artistic reflections and social media.

Nilesh is known for bringing business, government, academia and community together for the mutual benefit of all parties. He has forged strong relationships with elected members at the local, state and national level to further his programs for workplace diversity. He has formed joint partnerships with universities to eliminate “digital poverty” in Western Australia.

To fulfil his personal philosophy of “living life with purpose every day”, Nilesh dedicates time to several boards and committees, speaks frequently on the topics of workplace diversity and social inclusion, and participates in diplomatic activities to bring Australia and his home country of India closer together. Nilesh is also a frequent media commentator in local, state, and national publications.

Belinda Teh

Finalist, WA Young Australian of the Year 2021

Advocate for Voluntary Assisted Dying

Belinda Teh has been a passionate advocate for voluntary assisted dying legislation in Western Australia.

After losing her mother to an agonising death from breast cancer, Belinda has been driven to save other families’ loved ones from the same fate. She has shared her story many times, galvanising a groundswell of community support and inspiring people to be active in creating change.

Belinda was instrumental in raising awareness about this issue, running a sophisticated social media campaign, hosting public events and addressing supporters on the steps of WA Parliament House. She also completed a 70-day walk from Melbourne to Perth in memory of her mother’s suffering and to help convince MPs of the need for compassionate choice.

Belinda’s advocacy saw the successful passage of voluntary assisted dying laws in WA.

Belinda was a finalist in Western Australia’s 2021 Young Australian of the Year Awards.

The forum is free but bookings are essential.  For more information about this event contact Auspire – The Australia Day Council on 0499 111 944 or email [email protected]

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