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The Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy met with the Honourable Fred Chaney AO recently to discuss the complexity of the interrelationships between cultures and the need for collaborative, place-based, long term efforts to improve the lives of many Australians.
Mr Chaney is a former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia who, until April 2007, held the position of deputy chairman of the Australian Native Title Tribunal. He is also currently Chair of Desert Knowledge Australia and is the founding co-chair of Reconciliation Australia. Mr Chaney was acknowledged as Senior Australian of the Year in 2014 for his work in support of minority groups and marginalised people.
The Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy who attended the chat with Mr Chaney found it an extremely rewarding experience.
“Fred, I found your passion, honesty, and knowledge of such a complicated, challenging and worthy cause truly inspiring. You referred to yourself as just a foot soldier in the battle for equality but I think you are absolutely remarkable. I also could have listened to you for many, many more hours and asked so many questions. It was really an honour to have just an hour of your time.”
Gemma Modra, Senior Accountant, KPMG, ELiP Team Member.
“Thank you Fred for taking time to speak with us on Wednesday. A very enjoyable and insightful chat with a great man, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your passion and compassion for something so obviously close to your heart, was incredibly inspiring.” Daniel Whiston, Finance and Practise Manager, NS Projects, ELiP Team Leader.
“Fred, you were an inspiration and provided credence to our cause. Thank you.” Darian Mack, Cloud Specialist, Microsoft, ELiP Team Member
Mr Chaney shared some thoughts of his own on the meeting.
“It is immensely encouraging to meet an emerging new generation of philanthropists. Every generation faces problems in society which are beyond the capacity of governments alone to fix.
It is the existence of committed; contributing citizens that ensures society can find new solutions to new and old problems.”
Thank you Mr Chaney for taking the time to speak with our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy team members – one hour of your time has ignited a firecracker of motivation and passion.