Our Ambassadors & Patrons

Patron

Marigold Merlyn Baillieu Southey is the fourth child of the late Sidney and Dame Merlyn Myer. She has spent her life actively engaging in the community and dedicating her life to benefiting others. She has achieved this through ventures such as Presidency of both Philanthropy Australia and St Catherine’s School Foundation, Vice President of the National Stroke Foundation, driving a Red Cross ambulance for Polio patients at the Austin Hospital, and was instrumental in the establishment of farming scholarships for women through the Nuffield Farming Scholars’ Association. Lady Southey was formerly the President of the Myer Foundation and is a Life Member and great supporter of many Arts organisations including The Australian Ballet. Through her role as Patron of e.motion21 Lady Southey fostered a collaboration between e.motion21 and The Australian Ballet School to celebrate the 2015 World Down Syndrome Day.

“I feel honoured to have been invited to be Patron of e.motion21. The achievement of Cate Sayers and her team in such a short time is quite amazing. The joy of music and dance experience enjoyed by children and adults with Down syndrome is an emotional experience to watch and I am so happy to be able to share this with them” —Lady Southey.

Ambassador

Tim Campbell is a natural all round entertainer. He sings, acts and hosts with an easy knock-about warmth and infectious style. Tim is most well known on Australian TV in the role of ‘Dan Baker’ on Seven’s Home & Away and most recently as ‘Tom Parker’ on the Logie winning drama House Husbands.

As a singer, Tim has performed in various productions around Australia, Asia and the Middle East, including his memorable appearances at Carols In The Domain, Perth Telethon, The Good Friday Appeal and Carols By Candlelight. He also released his ARIA top 30 debut album HIGH SCHOOL DISCO in 2014, through ABC/Universal music – a celebration of the great dance floor hits of the 70s and 80s. His corporate band is one of the most sought after in the events scene.

As Ambassador for e.motion21, Tim is a regular host of both our community performances and major events including the World Down Syndrome Celebrations at Federation Square in 2015.  He is a passionate and committed supporter of the e.motion21 vision and receives enormous joy working with the dancers behind-the-scenes in the program as well as on stage.

Program Ambassadors

Shea McDonough
Shea graduated from Ignition Theatre at NMIT in 2012. Since then she has been involved in Film, Theatre, Documentaries and Dance. Shea is a member of Rollercoaster Theatre group, a dancer with Hip Hop group Too Hot to Handle, a dancer with e.motion21 who recently performed and ran workshops at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai India, and an actor appearing in numerous documentaries and resources.

Shea has performed in the video Everyone Can Fly, the theme song for the 2014 Special Olympics, acted in Lee Galea’s movie Monster Pies which won Australia Choice Award Best Feature Movie at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival in 2013. Shea has acted in one of the DHS e-learning online disability resources, and performed in Raw Law, a resource for people within the disability sector to know your rights and ‘copyrights’ within the performance sector. She has also recently acted in an NDS learning resource which will be available soon.

Shea’s love is dance and performance.

“I express myself when I am on stage dancing, and going to India with e.motion21 was inspiring for me, seeing another side of the world, meeting new people, especially others with Down syndrome. We all have many abilities, just give us a chance to show you.”—Shea McDonough

Olivia Sayers
Olivia is proud of who she is, her achievements and the hard work that has led to these achievements. She leads a full life, with the mantra “we can do anything we set our minds to!”

Olivia has gained a Certificate II in Business from RMIT and a Certificate I in Work Education and Transition Education from Holmesglen TAFE. These qualifications have contributed to her successful main stream full-time employment in Administration, a role which Olivia has enjoyed for nine years.

Olivia is a dedicated dancer, her performance highlights include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and with e.motion21, performing on the world stage at the World Down Syndrome Congress in both South Africa and India. At the inaugural Supreme Court of Victoria Inspire Awards in 2016 Olivia was awarded Highly Commended for her contribution to the Performing Arts.

Olivia is an accomplished swimmer and has travelled across the globe competing at five World Championships. To date Olivia has won a total of 15 gold, 15 silver, 4 bronze medals for her country and held 12 world records. During winter Olivia turns to her other passion, skiing. In 2012 she was selected to compete at the INAS Para Olympic World Skiing Championships in Turkey, placing 5th in both the Slalom and Super G events. Next year she will be representing Australia again in Alpine Skiing at the World Winter Games in Austria. Her sporting achievements have won her the Leader Newspaper Senior Sports Star of the Year in 2006 having won the Junior Sports Star award a decade earlier.

Olivia is delighted to be an e.motion21 Program Ambassador, to be able to share with others what people with Down syndrome can achieve.

 

 

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