CEO wins Impact 25 Award

25 March 2021

Childhood Dementia Initiative’s CEO, Megan Donnell, was named a winner of a Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award. These prestigious awards recognise leaders in the social sector. This year’s winners were picked for their innovation, influence, and collaboration.

Megan was nominated for her achievements driving research and action on childhood dementia. Following the diagnosis of her two children with Sanfilippo Syndrome, Megan transformed research into this underrepresented childhood dementia disorder as head of Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation. Megan is now focused on research and solutions for children with childhood dementia globally. She established Childhood Dementia Initiative to generate new and more efficient ways for researchers to work together and to remove roadblocks to getting urgently needed treatments to children. 

Megan joins a cohort of the social sector’s most influential social change leaders for 2021. She was shortlisted from 400 nominations for the award in February. Out of the 150 finalists, 25 were selected to receive an award. “I’m honoured to be recognised alongside inspiring sector leaders and grateful for the additional profile this gives childhood dementia,” said Megan. 

Karen Mahlab AM, Pro Bono Australia founder and CEO, said that in such a challenging year, it was exciting to see so many bright stars celebrated. “I am so proud to be celebrating the extraordinary leaders in our community that inspired us, and continued to help make the world a better place in a time of flux and uncertainty.”

Megan is using this news as an opportunity to raise awareness of Childhood Dementia Initiative’s petition calling on the Australian government for more action on childhood dementia. Please join the calls for action and sign the petition:

 Sign the petition