Diana Santleben

Jesmond, New South Wales

Refugee advocate, community leader

A Dominican, Sister Di has devoted her life to helping others. In recent years, she has focused on supporting refugee families in Newcastle. Sister Di is putting her grant towards establishing a revolving micro-finance fund to help refugees confronted by financial emergency. The fund will provide small loans to pay for costs such as medications, car repairs, driving lessons, medical bills and short courses. “People do not forget the generosity they have been offered during their early days in Australia and their loyalty to the country that has assisted them will persist for generations.”