Inspiring South Australians

Published on 26 May 2021

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Join the City of Unley to hear inspirational talks from four outstanding South Australians:

  • Isobel Marshall, TABOO (Young Australian of the Year 2021)
  • Craig Scott, Goodwood Saints Football Club (SA Citizen of the Year 2021)
  • Professor Richard Bruggemann (SA Senior Australian of the Year 2021)
  • Alicia Beik (Nominee for SA Young Australian of the Year 2021).

Hear from each presenter about their journey and how you can make a difference in your community.

Wednesday 23 June, 10 – 11.30am, in the Unley Town Hall.

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Read more about our presenters below.

Isobel Marshall

Isobel Marshall photo by salty dingo

At 17 and 18, Eloise Hall and Isobel Marshall (Co-Founders) crowdfunded $56,000 to kickstart TABOO Sanitary Products; a social enterprise that sells high quality, certified organic cotton pads and tampons with all company profits dedicated to eradicating period poverty. TABOO has a strong focus on educating, campaigning and advocacy efforts, aiming to dismantle menstrual stigma and free the conversation of periods to create practical change. They have also partnered with many Australian organisations, providing free access to pads for Australian women who require menstrual support. 

Isobel is the Director of Health and Education at TABOO and is part way through her degree in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Isobel is passionate about reproductive health and education programs and has been awarded the 2021 Young Australian of the year.

Photo by Salty Dingo.

Craig Scott

Craig Scott  

Craig is a well-known driving force behind the Goodwood Saints Football Club. Currently in his fifth year as president, his vision and guidance has seen the development of a female football program, as well as the SANFL Inclusive League, which ensures players with integration difficulties – including mental and physical disabilities – are entirely integrated into the club.

Craig’s strong advocacy for social justice issues is reflected by work undertaken at the club. He’s implemented opportunities for the homeless from the Hutt Street Centre, and supported causes like the Red Shield Appeal, breast cancer and Mental Health education. Outside the football club community and since 1994, Craig has been involved in Operation Flinders, a program aimed at supporting at-risk youth. His empowering nature and leadership abilities have enabled him to create a strong, healthy and more resilient community.

He was awarded the South Australia – Citizen of the Year Award 2021 at the Australia Day Awards in February and was also a finalist in the Australian of the Year – Local Hero 2021.

Professor Richard Bruggemann

Professor Richard Bruggemann  

Professor Richard Bruggemann is the Senior South Australian of 2021.

Richard trained and worked as a teacher before becoming a Training Officer and subsequently Training Manager at Chrysler. He has obtained a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Teaching and a Master of Business Administration.

After a series of human resource positions within the South Australian Health Commission, Richard was appointed as Executive Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of the Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) a position he held from 1984 until 2006.

On retirement from IDSC, he was appointed as Professorial Fellow in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit of Flinders University where he developed and ran the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (Leadership). He also undertook several consultancies for the Commonwealth, South Australian and Victorian Governments including a review of the implementation of the Victorian Disability Act and has held several social inclusion appointments and board positions.

In 2020, he was appointed as the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Authorising Officer to ensure that the need for COVID-19 safety for people who lacked capacity was balanced with regard for their rights.

His principal interest is in the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities, how they can take control of their lives and participate in and contribute to the South Australian community.

Alicia Beik

Alicia Beik  

Alicia Beik is the founder and director at Rubies House.

She started her career at Humanitarian Housing Settlement, where she witnesses how migrants and low-income families struggling to find and secure affordable accommodation. The housing issue is the biggest challenge in South Australia, especially for the new arrivals. Therefore, in 2018 she developed ASHP ( Affordable Sustainable Housing Program) to assist vulnerable and new arrivals get into home ownership as little as $3000.

Alicia organized information sessions and helped more than 20 families to leave rental properties and get into home ownership.

Alicia was a finalist of Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award in 2020 and Finalist for Young Australian of the Year Award in 2021.