2018 Australia Day Ambassador - Diana Butler OAM
While working as an Emergency Nurse in Launceston, a chance conversation with a colleague about extreme poverty in Africa, inspired Diana Butler to embark on a new journey of intense learning and fulfillment. Diana helped form the Care for Africa Foundation to address: poverty; lack of water; medical and educational services in Tanzania's Tarime region.
Under Diana's leadership, the non-for-profit organisation now works in four key areas: water, rural health, education and social enterprise. Diana Butler has led Care for Africa in its biggest achievements, which include the installation of 9 deep water wells, a yearly Rural Mobile Health Clinic (delivered in schools) and the establishment of the social enterprise programs including aquaculture, bee keeping and a women's sewing group.
Diana has bcome astute at managing large teams of international volunteers, working at both a grassroots level and executive level, understanding best international development practices and fundraising. As Chief Executive Officer Diana has shaped Care for Africa into a sustainable and pioneering organisation.
At the heart of the organisation is the emphasis on the younger generation - as, "this is their world's future and the organisation's future." Diana Butler
In 2012 Diana was awarded Tasmanian Telstra Business Women's Community and Government award and became a national finalist. The Paul Harris Fellowship for International Service to Rotary was awarded to Diana in 2016. Diana was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for her humanitarian work in Tanzania.
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