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SSI was a finalist in the 2014 Macquarie Social Innovation Awards, granted by the Macquarie Group Foundation to foster social innovation in the not-for-profit sector.

The winner of the 2014 award was the WA-based Fogarty Foundation which focuses on innovative programs and initiatives that advance education, was announced on November 19.

Ignite client Isha Kamara.
Ignite client Isha Kamara.

Ignite Small Business Start-Ups was the SSI program shortlisted by the Macquarie Group Foundation for addressing an unmet community need and demonstrating SSI’s lateral thinking about community issues.

Other finalists included The Smith Family, The Centre for Eye Research Australia, and the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

The foundation was awarded $100,000 to fund further development of its Fogarty EDvance initiative, which provides principals in low socio-economic status schools with leadership and management skills.

Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation Shemara Wikramanayake, said the high calibre of submissions received this year made judging difficult. “I congratulate all our outstanding finalists for their commitment to continuing to develop innovative programs that address social needs and long-term community problems.”

SSI congratulates the Fogarty Foundation, and is proud to have been a finalist for this award.

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Bright future ahead for new Australian Dana Al Samaan

Dana is a young woman from Syria who came to Australia</p><pOriginally from Syria, Dana came to Australia via Iraq in search of safety.

I was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. Syria is the country where I attended school and university for free, where I enjoyed safety and security, where I learned to communicate and respect others even when we have differences in religion, thought, doctrine or ideology,” she said.

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