Inclusion Solutions ambassadors are community leaders, captains of industry and prominent individuals who share our vision for a more inclusive and welcoming community. Our ambassadors are community changers who are connected to us and the social inclusion movement by their deep-interest in social justice and equity for all.
We’d like to introduce you to our ambassadors:
Josh Philippe is a proud Western Australian that has taken the cricketing world by storm over the past few years. Josh has recently been included in the Australian Men’s cricket team and has signed on as an Ambassador for Inclusion Solutions. When asked why social inclusion matters, Josh’s response was: “There are plenty of people that have been discriminated against, or whom are isolated in our society. I am keen to be a voice for people, and to use my profile to drive social change. Hopefully, this will ensure that we consider the significant value that all people bring. I love the work Inclusion Solutions does in uniting communities and pushing for social change and I see a lot of value in developing communities that welcome all!”
Ella Pardy is a prominent Australian Paralympian, having made her international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Ella collected a bronze-medal at the 2016 Paralympics and is currently working towards a number of goals including representing Australia at the next Paralympics. When asked why social inclusion matters, Ella’s response was: “Social inclusion is important to me as a person with autism and cerebral palsy, I want to raise awareness of our abilities. I want people with disability to become more involved with sport and community as social isolation leads to poor health outcomes. Poor health affects families and the wider community in many ways. That’s why I am happy to be involved”
Brad Scott is a prominent Paralympian, having represented Australia in both Athletics and Soccer. Brad is incredibly passionate about the inclusion of people with disability into meaningful community roles. When asked why social inclusion matters, Brad’s response was: “Inclusion is about all people and ensuring that all people have an opportunity to contribute to their local community. Currently, there are many cohorts that are not participating in decision-making processes and as a result, they are locked out of communities. I hope my involvement as an Ambassador will help shed light on the fact that we connect over our similarities, and not our differences. Ultimately, we are all people with a lot in common”
Katie Kelly OAM has advocated for diversity and inclusiveness in sport, particularly for those with a disability. Katie is a two-time World Champion and Gold Medallist Paralympian in Para-triathlon (vision impaired class due to a condition known as Usher Syndrome). Katie is currently preparing for Tokyo 2021. Katie has also worked for over 20 years in sports including roles with ANZ Stadium, Paralympic Australia and NT Department of Sport and Recreation. After winning Australia’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Katie founded Sport Access Foundation, which aims to improve access for young children with a disability to play sport. When asked why social inclusion matters, Katie’s response was: “COVID 19 has presented the perfect opportunity for organisations to think about how they are going to lead, nurture and carry their whole community forward. Those invested in D&I programs are the ones that will evolve and grow”.
Following a decorated 20-year first-class cricket career playing for Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Australia, Michael ‘Maxy’ Klinger moved into the role of Head Coach at the Melbourne Renegades BBL franchise in 2019. Michael is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most loved sporting personalities and has a strong reputation for his outstanding leadership characteristics and values. When asked why social inclusion matters, Michael’s response was: “I love being involved in community sport as I believe everyone should have an opportunity to thrive and have fun in an inclusive environment. I’m particularly passionate about female sport and equality, as I have a young daughter who loves netball and cricket amongst other sports. Inclusion makes complete sense as communities thrive when all people are included”.
If you would like to nominate yourself, your organisation or another individual for consideration, please complete the below form.