Exceptional Magazine : 2015 Exceptional Magazine
Watch my video Watch my video Watch my video Watch my video 37 Exceptional Australia 2015 Margo Ward KidsXpress Madge McGuire Catherine House Inc. Tim Conolan TLC for kids John Bishop and Vickie Davy PetRescue True pet lovers, John Bishop and Vickie Davy, together with Michelle Williamson, established PetRescue in 2003 as a small not–for–profit dedicated to finding new homes for lost and abandoned pets. They believed there was a home for every rescue pet and enough love to save every life. Today, PetRescue is Australia’s most visited charity website and the largest directory of rescue pets in Australia. PetRescue supports more than 750 individual rescue groups in their mission to save homeless pets from euthanasia. Since inception, PetRescue has saved more than 235,000 animals and now helps its members find a new home for 6,000 pets every month. “A waterfall starts with a single drop of water.” “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” “The impossible is possible.” “If not you, then who?” Finalists Social entrepreneur Tim Conolan established TLC for kids with his long–term partner in 1998. TLC for kids is a not‐for–profit organisation that provides immediate distraction and practical or emotional support to sick children and their families, during critical times of crisis and hardship, regardless of their illness, condition or background. Since its inception, the charity has assisted more than 4 million sick children and their families. With passion and infectious positivity, Tim has spearheaded TLC for kids’ remarkable growth, and his mission remains clear: to ensure every child in every hospital in Australia has the emotional and practical support they need. Madge McGuire is CEO of Catherine House Inc., a not–for–profit organisation that aims to break the cycle of homelessness for women. Their services include emergency, transitional and permanent accommodation; clinical case management; post–crisis services; and job readiness training. In 2004, Madge completed a trek to Mt Everest Base Camp, raising over $400,000 to help build the first Catherine House education and employment centre. In 2013, she was nominated as one of the 50 Most Influential People in South Australia and in 2014, Madge was awarded the David Clarke Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership in Social Change, to attend the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Non–Profit Management executive education program. Margo Ward is the Founder and CEO of KidsXpress, one of the world’s first expressive therapy programs for children impacted by emotional trauma. In the 1990s, Margo identified a gap in the childhood trauma intervention space. She noticed that numerous children she worked with would tell her about a place they dreamed about and wished existed: a safe and magical place where they could creatively express what they were going through. One day Margo decided that this place could no longer just be a dream for these children — it needed to happen. In 2005, Margo launched KidsXpress, one of the first childhood trauma intervention strategies in the world to combine drama, art, music and play therapies in one program. KidsXpress is now transforming the young lives of thousands of 4—14 year olds and providing creative ways for children to cope with their feelings and experiences into adulthood.
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