Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

Community leader

2014 SA Australian of the Year

A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia.  She has worked tirelessly to further reconciliation with Aboriginal people, and to support the settlement process for refugees and migrants.  Both a leader and a team player, Felicity-ann sits on many boards, including the Migrant Resource Centre and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Fundraising Committee.  Felicity-ann has helped raise $100,000 towards Australia’s first memorial recognising the sacrifice of Indigenous people in war.  Her passion for the community is matched by a commitment to health promotion, and she achieved a Doctorate of Education from the University of South Australia in August 2013 and is currently a senior lecturer at Flinders University.  An inspiration to many, Felicity-ann is also the long-serving Mayor of Marion and National President of the Australian Local Government Association.  Felicity-ann’s actions, as much as her words, encourage people to make their communities the best they can be.