SHARE THE DIGNITY IS AN AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S CHARITY BRINGING DIGNITY TO HOMELESS, AT-RISK AND WOMEN EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THROUGH DISTRIBUTION OF SANITARY ITEMS AND FUNDING FUNERALS OF THOSE KILLED AS A RESULT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE BELIEVE ALL WOMEN MATTER AND ALL WOMEN DESERVE DIGNITY AND JUSTICE.
Founder & NEMD
Rochelle is Share the Dignity’s founder and Managing Director; the title she is most proud of though is ‘Pad Lady’. This title came about and stuck while she collected of over 750,000 packets of pads and tampons across Australia over two years. She learned of homeless women going without basic sanitary items during their menstrual cycle. Most noteworthy, Rochelle decided the question was not “Why is no one doing anything” but rather “ What’s stopping me from doing something?” First of all, in March 2015 Rochelle took matters in to her own hands collecting sanitary items within her local community and distributing to local shelters. As a result, a simple idea of giving dignity to women, Share the Dignity has grown into a national charity. Consequently, it has over 1,500 volunteers Australia wide, and most noteworthy, provides multiple initiatives aimed at giving dignity to women.
Bruce Macdonald has been in fundraising for over 20 years. He commenced his professional working career as a secondary school teacher in Victoria. Bruce taught for 17 years before adopting for a complete career change. Consequently, he entered the world of fundraising and marketing. On migrating to Queensland in 1999, he took up the position of Director of Development at Brisbane Grammar School. Seven years on, he moved to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise major funds for sick children. Bruce now heads up the major gifts and gifts in Wills fundraising programs at the Heart Foundation. Most noteworthy, he has been Fundraising Director for nearly 7 years and thinks this position will probably see him out.
Elise is the master franchise owner of online business What’s On 4 AUS & NZ, a digital hub for busy parents to find kids classes, activities, school holiday ideas and party venues. Elise comes from a background of paediatric occupational therapy (Bachelor of Health Science). Her previous roles included work with Queensland health, Education Queensland and most recently in the Middle East in the private sector. Having three children herself, Elise is passionate about children’s health and wellbeing. Most of all, the vulnerable in society and strives to find outcomes on the best way to protect and enrich the lives of Australia’s families.
Best-selling author, public speaker and business expert
Susan Pearse, co-founder of Mind Gardener, is the author of three books, pioneer of mindfulness in business, and influential guide for millions who want to reconnect with the present moment. Her corporate work not only changes the face of leadership in the corporate world, but the lives of leaders themselves. Susan is well known as a pioneer of mindful leadership in Australia, introducing her award-winning Conscious Leadership Program in 2004. She is renowned for finding the right tone to open the minds of leaders to deep truths often missing in a business environment. She has held senior management roles in large organisations, and is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She provides leadership coaching to many CEOs and Government leaders who rely on her for advice and support.
Susan blogs regularly for The Huffington Post, and is on the Development Board of the Queensland Brain Institute, a world leading organisation in brain research. She has previously been on the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
With over 20 years experience, Alfina operates her business specialising in business and Individual accountancy and taxation services. As a mum of two girls, Alfina feels inspired to help the women across the country in need of our services. As a result, Alfina offers our board decades of financial experience.
Alisha currently works at RMIT University as their Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion (with a focus on the LGBTIQA+ community, and students from refugee/humanitarian backgrounds). She has worked in International Development and Disaster Response over the last 8 years. Her experience includes organisations such as Australian Red Cross, Engineers Without Borders, and One Girl Australia. She’s worked on projects to support the education of women and girls (including menstrual hygiene management) and recovery from crisis. Most noteworthy, as a consultant for homelessness support organisations such as StreetSmart, Wyn Carr Women’s Refuge, and The Big Issue.
Alisha’s work with women’s housing
Alisha lived for 13 years in a women’s housing cooperative, and is passionate about supporting marginalised women and gender diverse people to access opportunity. Alisha has previously being a Director on the Boards of the Cooperation Housing, Inanna’s Housing Cooperative, Murdoch University, and was the Convenor for two terms of the Federation of Housing Collectives.
Alisha is now embarking on a PhD on ‘Strategies of Resistance – Responses to Gendered Online Violence’. While studying, she’s thrilled to be joining the Share the Dignity team.
While Rochelle Courtenay heads up the team working daily on Share The Dignity projects, our board works tirelessly to assist the charity to grow ethically and in full compliance with Australian regulations. All of our team, Rochelle Courtenay, our volunteers and our board are 100% dedicated to sharing dignity and safety across Australia.