Moira Kelly AO
Founder and Patron of Global Gardens of Peace, Secretary
Born in 1964, Moira commenced her selfless contributions to the less fortunate at the very young age of 13. At the age of 20, she left home and worked with Aboriginal children in Western Australia.
At 22, Moira worked alongside Mother Theresa in Calcutta and on returning to Australia worked with AIDS sufferers and established a “special unit” for boys with behavioural problems at Sutherland Homes. At 26, Moira travelled to Botswana where she worked with the Kalahari bushmen on a self-help project then travelled on to Johannesburg and New York. While overseas, Moira worked with some of the world’s least fortunate people. She has carried out large scale humanitarian projects and has been there to assist desperate and sick individuals in Johannesburg, the Bronx (USA), Romania, Bosnia and Albania. She has set up soup kitchens, refugee camps, dental clinics, schools, managed an AIDS hospital and adult education programs. Moira has been recognised with many community, national and international awards for her humanitarian work.
In 1989 at just 25, she was awarded a Queen’s Trust Achiever Award and the Victoria Young Achiever Award for Community Service. In 1994, Moira was awarded the inaugural Sir Edward Dunlop Award for humanitarian service and in 1995 Moira’s efforts in Bosnia were honoured by a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. In July 1999, Children First Foundation (CFF) was established to support Moira Kelly. In 2001, Moira received a number of national and international awards for her incredible work. She was awarded the White Flame Award given by Save the Children to recognise outstanding service to disadvantaged children. She also was one of 10 people recognised internationally for their contribution to the world. In Australia, Moira received the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding community service and was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of her “outstanding service to the Australian community through the provision of social support and service for disadvantaged people, and to the international community through the provision of humanitarian relief and assistance and the organisation of medical treatment for those affected by war or insurrection. She is currently 2013 Victorian of the Year.
In 2003, and again in 2004, she was honoured by being nominated for Australian of the Year. Moira’s work has been the subject of three documentaries; ‘A Compassionate Rage’; ‘Brothers in Arms’; and Foreign Correspondent.
Global Gardens of Peace Committee
Louise Ward is the owner of Yarra Valley Estate a multi-award winning wedding, function and conference venue. Yarra Valley Estate, running for over 20 years, is an environmentally sustainable venue and during 2015 was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Award for Sustainability for small to medium Businesses, a United Nations World Environment day Award for sustainability and a ‘most Inspiring’ business award from River and Ranges Community Leadership program. Louise brings her skills and knowledge as a successful business owner to the board. She has been working with Moira for over two decades in various humanitarian missions and supports her husband John’s own humanitarian work in Papua New Guinea.
Gaza Project Coordinator
One of the founders of the Melbourne based Beit Jala Palestinian Association, serving as President and more recently as their Public Relations Officer. Philip started working with Moira in 2000, co-ordinating humanitarian missions to Gaza, working with Professor Paddy Dewan and Professor David Croaker to achieve hundreds of operations and training of Palestinian doctors. Philip is the Australian / Palestinian spokesperson and facilitator of the group with the official authorities in Gaza.
Principal Landscape Designer
Andrew is the Landscape Architect at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne where he is responsible for the design and implementation of an extensive range of landscape projects. He completed the design and installation of The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden in 2004 which has won a number of awards including best new tourist attraction for Victoria and landscape of the year in 2005. In 2010 he completed The Guilfoyle’s Volcano Project which has won wide acclaim throughout the country for its innovative planting design.
Senior technical research and support for operations at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. His work focuses on water management, soil improvement , biosecurity and more recently planning for climate change and its impacts on the landscape. Peter played a significant role in the construction of the Ian Potter foundation Children’s Garden were he was responsible for maximising plant performance.
A Senior Executive with an international career spanning dynamic business environments within the financial services industry and the not-for-profit sector.
Well developed, significant expertise in Finance, Strategic Planning, Risk Management and Corporate Governance. In addition, a well established Government network and networks in the Event and Venue management sector.
Strong project management background includes a major redevelopment and a number of change management programmes.
Specialties: corporate governance,change management,risk management,Board and Board Committees expertise,Negotiation skills,project management and general management .
Since starting my own landscape company in 2000, my work has afforded me the opportunity to work with many of Melbourne’s well known and talented landscape designers/architects.
Working with Andrew Laidlaw on residential landscape projects and the Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens, introduced me to Global Gardens of Peace in 2014. The Khan Younis garden immediately captured my interest and something I know is an extremely symbolic and powerful project.
As a Father of two young children I am more than conscious of the impact of green space and outdoor play on children’s development and wellbeing.
I have joined the board to lend my skills and experience relating to construction, planning, costing and project management and to help build a network of contacts. My wish is that through my role with Global Gardens I can help to provide the benefits of natural outdoor green space to those children in the world who need it most.