Fundability awarded DiverseHawkesbury.net a grant of $2390 in May 2018 to fund four videos and four written articles which present the unique perspectives of Hawkesbury residents who live with disability and neurodiversity. The funding will span over the course of several months until September 2018 and empower locals to self-advocate and educate the wider community.
Thanks to Patricia Sundin and Hawkesbury City Council for assisting with and awarding the 2017 Community Grant that assisted the project to get started.
The State Library of NSW
Andy is a researcher and librarian who works at the State Library of NSW, and he's been instrumental in helping me learn some higher research skills, particularly with regard to immigration history. He helped me find crucial contacts that I needed to research Maltese and Macedonian Australian immigration history.
With many thanks to colleagues at HDI News for their ongoing support.
Graphic Artist, LPF Design
Tracey is a great friend of mine who not only helped me reach that more sophisticated approach to sociological thinking in general but helped me on a practical level by designing the logo and printed material that I use to make my work look presentable and professional. She not only did all that for free but helped me buy the gear I needed for my oral histories and presentations.
Distinctive Image Workwear
When I needed to navigate the new world of wearable merchandise, Distinctive Image were so patient with me as I nutted out the best options. My decision to "keep it local" was a good one and they have been kind in their support of the Diverse Hawkesbury project. I'll be back for more from this great Hawkesbury small business.
Mark is an incredibly experienced oral historian who specialises in capturing the oral histories of people who have come across the seas to make a new life in Australia. He has spent a LOT of time on the phone patiently listening and reflecting, watching and reading my work and sending thoughtful, helpful feedback and encouragement. You're the best, Mark! Thank you so much.
Professor Ian Jack
The Hawkesbury Historical Society
Professor Jack was warm and welcoming upon my first meeting with the Hawkesbury Historical Society, making clear his appreciation for the inclusive and inquisitive approach I was taking with my fresh view of not just the Hawkesbury's colonial history but its Dharug origins and increasingly culturally diverse expansion.
Dr Barry York
Dr York didn't know who the heck I even was and why someone with a Chinese surname would be pumping him with questions about Maltese people. He patiently guided me through some thought processes and ideas, before sending me PDFs of his books. For free. What. A. Legend.
Danie is a professional voice-over artist who contributed a voice-over on the video I made regarding marriage equality. She did such a fantastic job at virtually no notice. She can be reached for bookings or her wonderful hand-drawn artworks on .
Nicky saw that I was struggling to find any money at all to buy a computer that could cope with the huge media files I use to create videos. So she just gave me a Mac.
She gave me a Mac.
Paul and Cathy Bannister
Bree Taafe: Outcrop Australia
David Briggs and Shaun Middlebrook
Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett
My boyfriend and kids, without whom my cup would not overflow.