Kelli-Ann Jackson

Group Leader of Women’s Adventure ACT

ACT Nominee Local Hero 2022

One of the early members of Women’s Adventure ACT, Kelli-Ann (Kelli) Jackson took over the leadership of the group in 2018. Established in 2017, Women’s Adventure ACT is a volunteer-led, community social enterprise based in Canberra helping women experience the outdoors in a safe, supportive and judgement-free way.

In just a few years, Women’s Adventure ACT has grown into a significant and well-organised hub of nearly 4,000 members. Kelli has since left her full-time job in the public service to wholly dedicate herself to Women’s Adventure ACT – completely unpaid, with some group costs coming directly out of her own savings.

In addition to organising and leading events herself, Kelli helps other group volunteers build the skills and confidence they need to lead group activities.

Kelli has plans to make Women’s Adventure ACT financially sustainable, with avenues to offer paying jobs to women in the community, while remaining accessible and affordable to those who experience cost as a barrier to enjoying the outdoors.