Welcome to our new Ambassadors!
Justice Rachel Pepper
Today is a special day here at Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW – it’s Twenty10 Day! (20/10? Get it?)
To celebrate this year, we are excited to announce our new Ambassador Program. This program will connect prominent members of the community with our organisation, supporting the work that we do with people of diverse genders, sexualities, and/or intersex variations (LGBTIQA+).
“The organisation wanted to build on the work we have been doing with our Patron Magda Szubanski and create a program working with other prominent members of our community who share in our vision to empower and improve the lives of LGBTIQA+ people”, said Board co-chairs Philip Busfield and Cristyn Davies, “and we are thrilled to announce Patrick Abboud, Casey Conway and Justice Rachel Pepper as our first Ambassadors in the program”.
In a joint statement Co-Executive Directors Terence Humphreys and Jain Moralee said “We are super excited to have the opportunity to work with Justice Pepper, Casey Conway and Patrick Abboud, as they are all incredibly generous, passionate and committed community advocates. As Ambassadors they will share their skills and life experiences to facilitate learning and inspire other LGBTIQA+ folk who access Twenty10’s services, as well as advocate for the organisation and our communities. We are currently talking with other incredible community leaders and look forward to announcing the other Ambassadors at our end of year supporters event on November 30. Our Ambassadors will reflect the diverse range of LGBTIQA+ people we support.”
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW recently won the ACON Honour Award in the Health & Wellbeing category, is the NSW branch for the national phone and web counselling service, QLife and launched a digital safe space at the commencement of the postal survey called the Queer Love Project. The organisation has a long history of supporting the NSW LGBTIQA+ communities through a wide range of support services and will be focusing on Western Sydney, digital engagement and working with Ambassadors on sector advocacy and client focused programs in 2018. Twenty10 will announce the remaining Ambassadors at a supporters event on November 30, 2017
We are so excited to introduce you to our Ambassadors, so here they are (listed in alphabetical order).
Patrick Abboud is an award winning documentary filmmaker and broadcaster. In 2016/17 alone as senior investigative reporter/ presenter on SBS VICELAND program, The Feed, he exposed unsolved gay hate crimes; discrimination against transgender people in the Australian Defence Force; and homophobia in the NSW Police force. His film on Australia’s underground Muslim LGBTQI communities helped secure funding for a national support group and community education program. Patrick comes from Palestinian/Lebanese parents, and was raised in Western Sydney and has worked extensively across community social services and the arts with a passion for working with young culturally diverse LGBTIQA+ folk. Patrick was just named one of the 50 most influential LGBTQI voices in Cosmopolitan’s 2017 rainbow list. In 2016 he won the LGBTQI Honour Award for outstanding broadcasting.
Casey Conway was scouted by the Sydney Roosters from his high school in Central Queensland. He spent three years playing in their junior representative teams before injury led to early retirement shifting his professional focus to Community Services, working with youth experiencing homelessness, disengaged from education, affected by mental health issues and in contact with the justice system. His passion with working with LGBTIQA+ young people led to him becoming a fierce community leader and advocate. Upon his recent return to Sydney he took up a position as Relationship Manager, Pride in Sport, Pride in Diversity at ACON. This role sees him work with National and State Sporting organisations and professional clubs in making sport a safer and more inclusive place for LGBTIQA+ people. Casey was raised in Central Queensland and his mother is a descendant of the Barada people.
Justice Rachel Pepper
Justice Pepper is a Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Justice Pepper was born in Canada to English and Italian migrant parents, and was raised in Hamilton, Ontario and then Perth, Western Australia, before moving to Canberra to study at the Australian National University and later to Sydney to teach and practise. In addition to a prominent career as a barrister from 1997 and a judge from 2009, among her many contributions to the public and the community, Justice Pepper was a board member and then Vice President of ACON in 2000-2001, and has been a board member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House since 2001. She was a member of the NSW Bar Council from 2000 to 2009 (including Secretary from 2006-2009) and served on a number of committees for the Bar Association, including the Education Committee and the Equal Opportunity Committee. In 2015 she was appointed inaugural judge-in- residence at the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, and in 2016 she was appointed Chair of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Gas Reservoirs and Associated Activities in the Northern Territory.