Australia Day Ambassador Program

The Australia Day Ambassador Program is an initiative that sees high achieving and proud Australians attend local Australia Day celebrations in towns and cities across the nation. Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebration in hundreds of local communities.

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.


For further information on the Australia Day Ambassador Program, please see the Australia Day Website.