We are delighted to announce Nova Peris OAM OLY MAICD as a new Director on The Torch board. Nova has accomplished so much in her life, and the experience she brings to our growing organisation is extraordinary. We are excited and humbled to welcome her to the team.
Nova was Australia’s first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament, the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic Gold Medal and was recently awarded the 2020 Women in Leadership Award.
Nova is a passionate campaigner for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation in Australia. As a treaty ambassador for the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Nova travelled around the country campaigning for a treaty between black and white so that a fundamental understanding between the two groups can be forged.
Nova is a former Board Member and National Patron for Beyond Blue and International Ambassador for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Griffith University Youth Suicide Prevention and for Hepatitis Australia. She is the currently the Patron for The Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA) and Firestick Alliance Indigenous Corporation and sits on the boards of The Torch, The Long Walk Foundation and AFL Sports Ready.
See all Torch board members: thetorch.org.au/about/board/