What has the nominee done to create change in the community or impact in their life?
Over the years, Lori has been extensively involved in the community working in all facets of the Uniting Church including preaching . She has volunteered at the food banks and charities and has spent a number of years as an advocate for circumcised ladies in the Melbourne ethnic community. More recently, Lori together with her husband opened a weekend market stall specialising in Caribbean food. Holding true to authentic recipes and cooking each item from scratch, she tries to unit people with people with good flavours, creating a strong social bond and endorsing multiculturalism within the Caribbean region.
What is inspiring about the nominee?
In 2017, Lori had a number of cardiac arrests while preaching and was assumed dead. She is still with us today, although she has an implanted defibrillator to safe guard against future instances. She has had to relearn basic tasks and has moved from serving ADF to working in a private company tirelessly pushing herself forward. As a single parent raising two children for over 15 years, she is dedicated to volunteering her time to society being a positive role model for all , it is my pleasure to nominate Lori who is a strong and natural black women.
How would a financial grant help the nominee create even more change in the community or their life?
If selected, Lori intends to use the grant funds to facilitate a local product line for sanitary items in the Caribbean for disadvantage women. Access to affordable and sustainable menstrual products is key to improving menstrual health and hygiene, but thousand of women in the Caribbean can’t afford these products. As a social entrepreneur she aims to create new solutions and catalysing change in the sector to provide affordable menstrual products and reproductive health information to women and girls. Additionally, she would like to create more awareness of sudden cardiac arrests in the Caribbean community.