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Rosie Werle

Name: Zoe-Rose Werle (Rosie)

Age: 20

From: Blue Mountains

Hobbies / Interests: Philosophy, Anthropology, Spirituality, Aliens, Surfing, Reading, Art, Dogs

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Patriarchy,

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Pollution

Quick Bio: I am a female filmmaker and I love making music, art and questions for the world to ponder. My goal is to understand and educate the world and give our youth the space to develop self and better the future.

 
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Lauren Berkeley

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19, Central Coast, NSW

I am an aspiring social work student who has a passion for breaking the stigma of mental health particularly with young people. I also volunteer for other mental health organisations and it’s one of my passions. I’m a huge Australian hip hop enthusiast and loves yoga. I’m originally from Dubbo

Hobbies and Interests

• Listening to music

• Yoga

• Being involved in volunteering

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• Australian hip hop

• Volunteering

• Spending time with family and friends

3 Dislikes

• Racism

• Mushrooms

• Homophobia

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Rachel Cannon

About Me

19, Maitland, NSW

After graduating from Hunter Valley Grammar School in 2016, I could have furthered my education at University of Newcastle, University of Technology Sydney, or New York University (I got into all 3) but instead, i decided to bypass tertiary education altogether and focus instead on building my business (Rachel Cannon Photography), writing poetry and plays and books, and working for causes that I am passionate about. I have worked closely with Community Action Against Homophobia, Animal Liberation NSW, and now Wear It Purple. When I’m not working, I like to watch films, play The Sims, and spend time with friends.

Hobbies and Interests

·      Photography

·      Poerty

·      Painting

·      Filmmaking

·      Anything creative and artistic!

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·      French martiinis

·      Art

·      Sunsets

3 Dislikes

·      Inequality

·      Climate Change

·      Mosquitoes

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Blake O’Brien

About Me

25, Sydney, NSW

I’m a graphic designer by trade. When I’m not working I love making people laugh, and going to the gym!

Hobbies and Interests

·      Designing

·      Gym

·      Aerial Circus Training

·      Music & Concerts

3 Likes

·      Funny People

·      P!NK

·      Gym

3 Dislikes

·      Rudeness

·      Stuck up people

·      People who don’t wave when you let them in on the roads!

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Sandon Joubert

When did you join Wear it Purple?

March, 2018

Position with Wear it Purple?

Website Admin

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

I wanted to give it a go, didn’t think it could be too hard right?

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

Identify in the community and dislike categories and labels.

3 fun facts about you.

·      I’m not very good at coming up with fun facts.

·      I can’t count to 3.

Your hobbies/interests.

·      Sports, and other physical activities like gym, walks, swimming and bouldering.

·      Video games, board games, programming and sitting at a computer all day.

·      Picking up hobbies that I don’t have the time to explore.

What do you do for work?

I’m lead developer for a small startup games company.

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Evelyn Liu

Schools Liaison Officer & Events Manager

About Me

24, Melbourne, VIC

I am a teacher, and my commitment is to make an impact on young people’s lives and create a safer environment for them. Enjoy the simple things in life and like seeing people happy. It breaks my heart to see someone is down. I am proud to support diverse young people and encourage them to be confident about who they are.

Hobbies and Interests

·      Fixtion & Animation

·      Snowboarding and Scuba Diving

·      Corgi & Teddy Bear

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·      Movie & Music

·      Travel

·      Coffee

3 Dislikes

·      Messy room

·      Having nothing to do

·      Judgementality

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Zac Murphy-Draper

Operations Officer, Melbourne

When did you join Wear it Purple?

May, 2018

Position with Wear it Purple?

Operations Officer, Melbourne

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

The organisation and their mission, vision and values represent everything I am about. I am particularly passionate about our youth – the statistics surrounding suicide/mental health issues in our rainbow youth break my heart. I hope to immerse myself in the community, spread a message of love & acceptance to help our rainbow youth feel safe and empowered to thrive as their true authentic self, regardless of their environment.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I proudly identify as a gay male.

3 fun facts about you.

·      I am an advocate for both human & animal rights

·      I have a big scar on my leg that runs from my knee up to my hip from a freak childhood accident

·      “Toxic” by Britney Spears always has been, always will be – my anthem

Your hobbies/interests.

·      I love food and I am a fitness addict!

·      Living in and loving Melbourne, I like to explore the culturally charged flavour sensations this amazing city has to offer.

·      I am part of the F45 cult and am one of those crazy people who gets up before the sun every day to work out, I love the endorphins!

·      Above all, family is where my heart lies – I have 2 amazing older sisters who have gifted me with 4 beautiful nephews who I love and treasure dearly.

What do you do for work?

I am a Customer Service Specialist for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

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Ross Wetherbee

President + Director

When did you join Wear it Purple?

December, 2017

Position with Wear it Purple?

President

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

I’ve participated in Wear it Purple Day for many years, first through my then-workplace in Banking & Finance and thereafter though my work at Pride in Diversity. It was through this participation that I got to see first-hand how raising awareness of supporting LGBTI+ youth brought people in workplaces together, for so many different reasons, to ultimately make a significant impact on their inclusion, health and wellbeing.

I was also once (not too long ago!) a ‘young person’, and could have really done with an organisation like Wear it Purple. I’ve joined the Board as a way of staying thank you and to contribute to the growth and development of the organisation.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I’m a proud gay man!

3 fun facts about you.

·      I used to be a Springboard Diver & Ballroom Dancer

·      My cat has his own Facebook profile!

·      I’ve seen Beaches at least 100 times

Your hobbies/interests.

I love road trips, overseas travel, but never do enough! I am passionate about interior design, and an expert ‘supervisor’ of my partner Tim’s DIY projects!

I also love walking around the fabulous city I live in, Sydney, and catching up with friends over some good food & wine.

What do you do for work?

I manage Talent & Inclusion at TAL Australia.

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Marc Field

Vice President + Director

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

November, 2016

Position with Wear it Purple?

Vice President

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

Numerous reasons that built up over a long time that triggered me to get active.  Firstly the Matthew Shephard story could have happened to so many and happened from within his peer group.  Peer group is a big area of focus for Wear It Purple.

Many firms also regardless of their alleged commitment to diversity & inclusion woefully support their LGBTI staff ignoring low level discrimination and bullying and this needs to be changed.

Wear It Purple will give a trickle up effect as the new accepting, open and tolerant youth of today proceed through the work place of tomorrow.  LGBTI youth should be as entitled as anyone to confidence – one of the key building blocks of life.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I’m what I describe as an emancipated gay man.

3 fun facts about you.

·      I’ve been to over 100 countries and every continent on earth except Antarctica (on the list now).

·      I used to swim butterfly for my county.

·      After a bit of food boredom and lack luster wanderings around the supermarket I’ve started a self-challenge of having to cook two brand new recipes a week from my cook book collection.

Your hobbies/interests.

·      I like to cook and enjoy having friends over for dinner or lunch on the weekends.

·      I go to the GYM and like to keep active.

·      And I love sci-fi, crime drama or a rom com movie in which I tend to only go to Gold Class as want to stretch out.

What do you do for work?

I’m the ANZ Territory Manager for a French/Canadian Fin Tech

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Alex Stefan

Board Member + Director

When did you join Wear it Purple?

May, 2018

Position with Wear it Purple?

Acting Treasurer

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

After holding Wear It Purple Day’s within my own school and local community, and seeing the positive
impact it had on my students and the wider community, I really felt like this was an organisation and a
movement that I was passionate about. As a teacher, I feel I have different insights to offer the
organisation that will enable further growth and the ongoing creation of safe spaces for our queer
young people

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I proudly identify as gay.

3 fun facts about you.

·      I’m one of those people that thinks Grease 2 is better than Grease.

·      I’m the only sibling in my family that hasn’t accidentally set the own hair on fire (touch wood).

·      I named my dog after a Tegan and Sara song… “Monday, Monday, Mondayyyyyy”.

Your hobbies/interests.

·      Ice hockey

·      Movies

·      Live music gigs

·      Reading life changing books

What do you do for work?

I am a health and wellbeing professional, currently working as a PDHPE teacher.

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Gemma Saunders

Secretary + Director

Gemma has over 15 years experience in HR and business and is a graduate of the Australian institute of Company Directors. Over Gemma’s career to date, she has led talent acquisition, organisational development and diversity & inclusion functions. Gemma has also previously been nominated for the inspirational role model and diversity champion categories at the Australian LGBTI Awards.

Gemma is passionate about creating opportunities for people to further themselves in a way that lets their true self shine through. Diversity and equal opportunities play a big part in Gemma’s life and she has participated in Mardi Gras, the midsumma pride March and joined marches to support marriage equality.

Gemma lives with her wife, son and their two dogs (an adopted greyhound and a spoodle) in Melbourne’s west. For fun, Gemma enjoys exploring Melbourne and regional Victoria with her digital SLR camera in hand looking for new adventures and good local markets. On rainy days, she grabs her son, popcorn and a blanket and watches Disney films.

Having been a supporter of wear it purple day since 2015, joining the board is a very exciting opportunity for Gemma.

 
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Robbie Robertson

Board Member + Director

When did you join Wear it Purple?

I joined the board in December 2018, although I have been actively involved for the past couple of years as I national lead for Globe within Deloitte and sit on our D&I council, and we created our Globe month of activities around Wear it Purple Day.

Position with Wear it Purple?

General Board Member

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

When I first started working 22 years ago I was bullied at work by my immediate boss because I was gay, I vowed I would never allow anyone else to go through what I went through. So when I heard about the great work that Wear it Purple were doing, I immediately ensured that I and Deloitte supported it.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I am very proudly a member of the community! I have been with my partner, Jason, for 12 years and we have a beautiful daughter Sophie, a dog called Hamish and a cat called Angus.

3 fun facts about you.

  1. I used to be a tv presenter on the BBC in the UK

  2. I love to sing, but can’t ( except in the car and in the shower!)

  3. I came to Australia for a long holiday and loved it so much I am still here 14 years later

Your hobbies/interests.

Hanging out with my daughter Sophie, she makes me laugh and dance every day.

Going to the gym most days to get an hour to myself

Cooking for friends

Reading a great book, when I get a chance…

What do you do for work?

Head an awesome team of designers at Deloitte Digital.

 
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Brenna Harding

Board Member + Director

When did you join Wear it Purple?

I became an official member of Wear it Purple in September 2011 and joined the board in January

2019.

Position with Wear it Purple?

General Board Member

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

I joined Wear it Purple when I was fourteen as an executive member before the YAC even existed! I loved how Katherine and Scott, the founders, created something so positive, with a focus on support and celebration; a small action, wearing purple, that makes such a big difference.

Bringing Wear it Purple Day to my high school over the following five years I was able to see how it contributed to a safer, more loving, and supportive environment for all students, especially those who identified as LGBTIQA+. By the time I graduated in 2014 we had established an annual mufti day, a Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and a gallery and safe space in the library.

I have now joined the WIP board in the hope of supporting more young people to do the same in their school and university environments. My hope is that students from all over Australia, including rural and isolated areas, can gain the resources, information, and guidance they need to help make their schools safe and supportive places for rainbow students.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I identify as Queer/Bisexual.

3 fun facts about you.

• I have two lesbian mothers; and they’re both powerhouses in the LGBTIQA+ community.

• Once for Valentine’s day me and my friends cut up little purple hearts for every girl in our school, and put them in the rolls for roll call.

• When I was little I went through a phase where I would cry if everyone leaving the preschool didn’t hug me goodbye.

Your hobbies/interests.

• I love attending poetry slams and sometimes performing at them.

• I’ve been running a monthly feminist discussion group called Moonlight Feminists since 2015.

• When I’m not onstage and scared of breaking limbs I play roller derby with the University of Sydney Roller Derby League.

What do you do for work?

I’m a screen and stage actor.

 
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Pete Foley

Treasurer + Director

Scottish, living in Australia for 9 years now, I've had a passion for LGBTI diversity and inclusion for many years now. I have looked after the finances for other LGBTI not for profits in the past; they trust the Scotsman to make sure all spending is warranted! In my day job I'm an accounting manager for superannuation funds and it's great to work with the other Wear it Purple board members in a relaxed but productive environment.


Outside of work, I enjoy travel, les mills and scuba diving.

 
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