Representing Care Africa
My name is Abiola (Abi) Akinbiyi. I migrated to Australia 20 years ago. I am an experienced community leader and advocate with 19 years of experience working in Australia’s public and private health sectors. I am a registered nurse, a clinical nurse educator, a former IT professional and an award-winning entrepreneur with a great passion for community development and social justice. I hold a bachelor’s degree and postgraduate degree in both IT and Nursing.
I continue to dedicate my time and use my skills and knowledge base to advocate, support and empower people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in my workplace and in the community. I contribute to CALD training and education in aged care, nursing, and mental health including mentoring women and youth.
I am an alumnus of Leadership Victoria. I’m the women and youth leader at Care Africa Australia, an executive member of Africa Day Australia, and the Africa Day Gala Dinner Coordinator. I am a member of the Nigeria Society of Victoria (NSV), a peace group member and the team leader of diversity and inclusion at the Rotary Club of Wyndham harbour. I serve as a former reconciliation committee of (NSV). I founded Changepreneurs, a passion project through which I mentor youth to thrive. I’m a member of interfaith network and I served as the coordinator of Point Cook growth development centre (GDC) for five years.
I have experience working as a member board of directors in a non-profit organisation in Australia. I was recently appointed as a Community Representative Commissioner with Victoria multicultural commissioner. I am the winner of the 2018 Africa Media Australia award (business and entrepreneurship). A Finalist of Victoria university professional Achievement Alumni Award 2021 and the Winner of the Spirit of Victoria University Alumni people’s choice award 2021.
I continue to dedicate my time to volunteering and supporting multicultural projects and programs in the community and any initiatives that support capacity building. I believe in positive integration and unity irrespective of race, social status, religion, ethnicity or gender.