Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award

About the award

The Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award is for women 35 years and under who have demonstrated achievement and commitment to improving community life in Victoria through:

• Local Government
• Social justice
• Aboriginal affairs and reconciliation
• Arts and music
• Community health
• Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
• Urban planning
• The environment

The winner, who will receive a $10,000 educational scholarship for research or study in Australia or overseas, will be announced at the Women’s Network Dinner to be held on Thursday 25 July at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

*The Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund is a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation

Background to the Award

   Sally Elizabeth Isaac was an
   extraordinary woman and young
   leader in the Local Government
   sector who passed away in early
   2009.




In 2006, at the age of 33, Sally was appointed Director of Community Programs at Yarra City Council where she was directly responsible for 342 professional staff working in aged care, child care, community planning, advocacy, the arts and library services. 

Sally was exuberant and brave, bright and insightful, brilliant and engaging. She was focused and intelligent with an enduring commitment to making things better. She was also humble, loving and full of fun with wisdom beyond her years. 

There was truly something special about Sally Isaac and for all who knew her she will remain an inspiration and close to their hearts. Soon after her death her family, friends and colleagues met to discuss ways to recognise the incredible impact that she had on people’s lives. They decided to establish the Sally Isaac Memorial in her honour.

Siobhan Hardiman, Team Leader Youth Services at Monash City Council, is the winner of the 2019 Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award.

She won the award from a strong field of 14 candidates who had each made a strong contribution in their respective communities.

During her 12 year career Siobhan has developed skills in engagement and supporting communities which have seen her establish many successful programs and initiatives to improve the outcomes for young people in Monash.