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Empowering PNG Women to Develop Sustainable Projects

The June Canavan Foundation recently funded ‘the Nature Conservatory to bring nine women from Papua New Guinea to Brisbane for the 3 day  workshop ‘Nature’s ‘Leading Women’, The workshop brought together women from Indigenous Australia and the Pacific Islands to build skills, knowledge and networks, facilitate cross-cultural learning and to develop entrepreneurship and a sustainable business project for their region.  Kerry Meehan, Brisbane based JCF Director shared her experience of attending the workshop. 

Keery Meehan with the PNG women

“I have just spent the most wonderful few days with these extraordinary women from PNG.  It was so exciting spending time with them at Ivory’s Rock (a nature reserve Conference Centre) as they devised ways of economically fishing their mangroves while ensuring their preservation.  During that time they developed the shell of a business plan including Vision and Mission Statements, Logos etc.  I sat with them during this process.  They called themselves the Mangoro Maket Meri and their slogan was from Mangrove to Menu.  Their presentation on Thursday night at the State Library was excellent.   250 people attended the presentation with representatives from Universities, the ANZ bank, Conservation Bodies, The American Consul from Sydney and the PNG Consul, the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane. All in all I believe our funding was well spent.  They thanked me many many times for making it possible for them to attend.”
Kerry Meehan, JCF Director

Newsletter April 2017

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the April 2017 edition of the June Canavan Foundation newsletter. This edition will cover the following topics:

  • Invitation – Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball Game
  • The Magic Million – we reach $1m in donations!
  • The AiSTS Canavan Cup
  • The Netball Foundation
  • Our first impact investment – The Old Beechworth Gaol
  • Meet our Para-Athlete Scholarship holders

Download the April 2017 – JCF Newsletter here

Invitation – JCF Community Event

SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL MATCH Sunshine Coast Lightning vs Sydney Swifts

Many of you will know how much June loved her netball. After playing for Wangaratta, she travelled to NZ to play in the regional competition there, before going on to represent Queensland and win a University Blue for netball.

Imagine how excited she would be to know that the Sunshine Coast is now home to one of the 8 professional teams in the brand new Super Netball Competition. Where the players get paid!

So join members of the Board at our next JCF Friends gathering, to celebrate our partnership with the Netball Foundation and the University of Sunshine Coast.

We have a limited number of premium courtside seats with pre-match hospitality and a chance to meet some of the Lightning players and their wonderful coach Noeline Taurua. Saturday 20th May 2017 6.30pm University of the Sunshine Coast, Sports Stadium 90 Sippy Downs Road, Sippy Downs

Campus map and parking details: 


Please RSVP by 10th May by going to the Trybooking event page (the link is in your April JCF newsletter) or contacting Anne Gripper on 0409 813 260.

Catch Up With Gemma

The June Canavan Foundation board members were thrilled to catch up with Gemma Sisa, founder of the School of St Jude, during her recent trip to the Sunshine Coast. Gemma gave us an update on the school’s tertiary scholarship program, and we  had the pleasure of meeting Winnie, one of the most recent year 12 graduates. Winnie , currently undertaking her community service year at St Jude, generously shared with us her life and educational challenges, as well as her achievements and  her pride at being granted a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in the USA. We wish Winnie well in this daunting but exciting adventure, and look forward to hearing more about the students who have been able to undertake tertiary studies thanks to the amazing work of Gemma and the School of St Jude.

Netball Foundation Honoured to Receive JCF Grant

The June Canavan Foundation  is delighted to announce the provision of a $50,000 grant to the Netball Foundation  to help empower marginalised girls through netball.

The netball-foundation-logofunds will be used to support the Confident Girls initiative, which uses netball as a tool to improve the mental, physical, social, psychological, and the emotional health and wellbeing of marginalised girls and their communities.

On the ground, the donation will support the expansion of programs including the Gazelles Empowerment Program, introduced by the Gazelles Netball Club in the Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association.

The Gazelles Program is broken down into face to face delivery modules, resources and coach and parent takeaway/handouts, focusing on the Empowered Girl, the Resilient Girl, the Confident Girl, the Compassionate Girl, the Active Girl and the Connected Girl. 

The Gazelles Netball Club, in partnership with Netball NSW, will now engage six to eight pilot clubs in rolling out the program in 2017, while working with Western Sydney University on engaging a research student to evaluate the impact of the empowerment program.

Nadine Cohen, CEO of the Netball Foundation was honoured to be a beneficiary of the June Canavan Foundation.

“This funding will make a huge impact on the lives of marginalised girls and their communities, helping to bring the transformative power of netball to reduce gender inequality across Australia and to bring about positive social change.

After all confident girls become confident women.”

The June Canavan Foundation was established in 2010 to honour the memory of Dr June Canavan, a much loved sports physician and family doctor living and working on the Sunshine Coast. Her life was cut short when she died in a plane crash while travelling to Kokoda, Papua New Guinea in August 2009.

The June Canavan Foundation is creating a legacy which builds on June’s humanitarian work, providing financial and other support to existing projects in four areas close to June’s heart: sport, health, education and conservation.

The Netball Foundation is the June Canavan Foundation’s first major sport partner.

“With Sport and netball close to June’s heart, we loved the community impact of so many of the projects that the Netball Foundation has created and supported over the past 12 months. We are confident that there are many more confident girls out there now than there were a year ago,” said Anne Gripper, June Canavan Foundation Chair.

The Netball Foundation is the fundraising entity of Netball Australia – raising and granting funds to empower marginalised girls, women and their communities through netball.

Thanks to the Netball Foundation’s partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. You can have an impact and help to give every girl a chance! Make a donation by clicking here.

Invitation: Brunch With Gemma Sisia, School of St Jude

Friends and supporters of the June Canavan Foundation are invited to a morning gathering to meet Gemma Sisia, the founder of the School of St Jude, and Dorice Livingstone Abel , one of the first cohort of students who graduated from the school in May last year. Gemma and Doris are here in Australia speaking with supporters and potential supporters about the life and work of the school.

June was raising money for the School of St Jude when she died, and we have continued to support the school through her Foundaiton.

10.30am Sunday 10 April
Bitter Suite Café, Brisbane

So that we know what size table to book at the café, if you would like to join us, please RSVP by Friday 8th April. Use the contact form here or phone Anne on 0409 813 260.

See the  March 2016 newsletterPhoto - Gemma - March 2016 newsletter for further information






Newsletter March 2016

Welcome to the March 2016 edition of the June Canavan Foundation newsletter. This edition covers the following topics:

  • Invitation – Brunch with Gemma Sisia from the School of St Jude
  • New website
  • Recent donations
  • Spotlight on Beneficiaries – The School of St Jude and ACRE
  • Family and Friends picnic at Canavan Gracie Recreational Park
  • Matched Fundraising activities

Download the March 2016 – JCF Newsletter here

THANKS! from the School of St Judes

St Judes logoWe were thrilled to receive this message following a recent donation to St Judes. Gemma has made a short video for us which explains how our donation is being used, so please take a  look to see how June’s legacy is making a difference in Tanzania.


Dear Anne and All at The June Canavan Foundation,

Asante Sana! (Thank you very much) for your generous $ 100,000 donation towards Community Service, in June this year.

We have put together a short video to update you on the progress of our Community Service interns; you can watch it by clicking this link.

We sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the impact your contribution is making, both in the lives of our inaugural graduates/ interns and in their local government schools.

Rachel Bartley

Supporter Relations

Website Launch and Foundation Update

ParkThanks to everyone who joined us on 27 September at the Canavan Gracie Recreational Park.  It was a beautiful morning,  with members of June’s community gathering to hear foundation founder Anne Gripper give an overview of what the June Canavan Foundation has achieved in its first five years. We also launched our new website – please let us know if you have any feedback about the site.