Hi, my name is Sabrina.
I am the founder and storyteller of the award-winning project ‘Humans of Kangaroo Island,’ which was born after the 2019/20 Black Summer fires to connect, uplift and inspire communities experiencing a natural disaster. Hundreds of local Kangaroo Island stories have been told and made an impact by raising over $80,000 for the fire-affected community.
I am the author of the self-published storybook ‘Humans of Kangaroo Island’ which was released in November 2021 and raises more funds to rebuild a fire-devastated sports club on my island home.
With a background in event management and the willingness to give local talent a stage, I created the Humans of Kangaroo Island Film and Literature Festival. Over three days in October 2021, the event showcased short films, documentaries, books and poetry, raising money for yet another KI project.
One of these showcased films was the bushfire documentary called ‘January 3rd’ created by en plein air films based on my idea, writing and in collaboration with me. The 1-hour film tells the story of local Kangaroo Island farmers experiencing the worst fire day in the history of the island and them sharing part of their recovery process.
Find out more about the film and the overall Humans of Kangaroo Island project here.
As Farm Management Consultant for AgInnovate, I support families in agriculture and people living on the land to achieve their best results in life and business. AgInnovate is a team of extension specialists working with Australian farmers and the agriculture industry to strengthen small communities and create resilient businesses. Visit the AgInnovate website here.
I am a freelance writer for the Regional Showcase stories for the InDaily, a project celebrating regional achievements and the communities that make them who they are. After winning the people’s choice story in 2021, two of my stories are finalists in the 2022 awards. Read more about the project here.
I also work as a freelance copywriter for Mankind Digital. This digital marketing agency uses proven tourism marketing strategies to reach responsible travellers and promote tourism brands and organisations to create a more sustainable future for the industry. Visit the Mankind Digital website here.
Passionate about disaster recovery, I am also a co-designer of the Fire to Flourish National Resilient Communities Learning Network, funded by Monash University and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
My background in PR and marketing brings brands and businesses to life through the power of well-crafted content. My love for authenticity and small communities is reflected in the stories I write, using my skills to create change for a more resilient and regenerative world. Please connect if you share my interest or would like to work together. I would love to hear your story.
Find out more about me and my journey in my blog.
- Winner of the 2021 South Australian Regional Showcase Awards – Category ‘People’s Choice’
- Finalist in the 2021 South Australian Regional Showcase Awards – Category ‘Community Empowerment’
- Induction into the SA Women Honour Roll 2021 at Government House
- Winner of the ‘Project of the Year’ award at the 2022 Kangaroo Island Council Australia Day Awards
- Winner of a 2022 ‘State Partner Humanitarian’ Award from the Australian Red Cross
- Nomination for United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Award
- Nomination for Westfield Local Hero Award
- Guest speaker at ChangeFestNT2021
- Panelist at the 2021 Adelaide Festival of Ideas – topic ‘Fighting fires’
- Co-designer of the National Resilient Communities Learning Network
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
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Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss