Susan Alberti

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Susan "Sue" Alberti AO (born 18 May 1947) is a businesswoman, philanthropist and Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Life and career[edit]

Susan "Sue" Alberti was born in 1947 in Bairnsdale, Victoria. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of the DANSU Group based in Wheelers Hill in Melbourne’s east. Approximately forty years ago, Alberti and her husband Angelo (now deceased) established the company as an industrial and commercial builder and developer of industrial estates and business parks.

DANSU Group successfully completed substantial commercial, industrial and property development projects, especially in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs, including Hallam, Dandenong, and surrounds.

Susan has supplemented her successful business career with a major contribution and commitment to fundraising and promotion of juvenile diabetes research. She is National President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia. In 1994 she founded the Melbourne and Sydney annual "Walk for the Cure" around Albert Park Lake, a significant annual fundraiser which to date has raised more than $30 million toward the search for a cure for diabetes. It is now held in every state and in regional areas around Australia.

In 1995 Susan was invited to join the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDFI) and in 2008 accepted an invitation to become JDRFI’s International Patron.[1]

In November 2013, Susan retired from all positions associated with JDRF Australia and JDRI stating that "it has become apparent that the organisation I joined 30 years ago and have championed ever since is heading in a direction that I cannot support".[2]

In 2004 Susan became a Board Member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.[3] For the past ten seasons Susan Alberti has been the Patron of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and founding Co-chair of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation. In December 2012 she became Vice President of the Club[4] and was re-elected to the Board in December 2013.[5]

Susan Alberti was a state finalist in the senior division of the Australian of the Year Award in 2009.[6]

In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contribution towards the cause of diabetes research.[7]

Alberti was awarded her AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on 26 January 2007.[8] This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for juvenile diabetes care and research.

In 2012 Alberti won the Humanitarian Award at the 5th Annual Gold Harold Awards which are designed to honour achievements made by leading Australian individuals and organisations that have contributed to the health and wellbeing of Australia's children and young people.[9]

Sue is also an outstanding supporter of the Victorian Women's Football League and the VWFL Premier Division Cup is named the Susan Alberti Cup in her honour.

In 2013 Sue was a recipient of Research Australia's Great Australian Philanthropy Award.[10]

In 2014 Sue was elected as Chair of Victoria University's Foundation.[11] She was also inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. [12]

Sue was awarded life membership of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2015.[13]

She is married to Colin North.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Member of Order of Australia Medal (AM) awarded in 1997 for services to the community and diabetes generally.
  • National President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia.
  • International Patron Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
  • Life Governor of the Walter and Eliza Hall Research Institute Melbourne.
  • Life Governor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Australia.
  • Life Governor of International Diabetes Institute, Australia.
  • Vice President and Patron of the Western Bulldogs football club Australian Football League and Trustee of the Bulldogs Bequest Society.
  • Medical Wing named in Susan Alberti's honour - International Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Board Member St. Vincent's Medical Research Institute.
  • Foundation Trustee of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation.
  • Foundation Chairman St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research.
  • Awarded Doctor of Laws honoris causa of Monash University - 2006.
  • Awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on 26 January 2007.
  • Winner of the 2008 Australian Rules Football Woman of the Year Award.
  • Board Member Victoria University Foundation. Elected Chair in March 2014. [14]
  • Western Health Foundation Board Member.
  • Australian Financial Review Women of Influence nominee (2013).[15]
  • Awarded 2013 Research Australia Great Australian Philanthropy Award.
  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014. [12]
  • Awarded life membership of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2015.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leadership | JDRF: Improving Lives. Curing Type 1 Diabetes". JDRF. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation – Statement from Dr Susan Alberti AO". Susanalbertifoundation.org.au. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Board". westernbulldogs.com.au. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Peter Gordon elected Western Bulldogs President". 23 December 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alberti re-elected". westernbulldogs.com.au. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "State Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2009: Susan Alberti AO". 
  7. ^ "It’s an honour". 26 January 1997. 
  8. ^ "It’s an honour". 26 January 2007. 
  9. ^ "National". Lifeeducation.org.au. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Events". Research Australia. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  11. ^ "New Chair of Victoria University Foundation | Victoria University | Melbourne Australia". Vu.edu.au. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  12. ^ a b "2014 Victorian Honour Roll of Women | Victorian Government". Vic.gov.au. 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  13. ^ http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/news/2015-01-23/bulldogs-life-members-acknowledged
  14. ^ "New Chair of Victoria University Foundation | Victoria University | Melbourne Australia". Vu.edu.au. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  15. ^ "100 Women of Influence". Afr.com. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  16. ^ http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/news/2015-01-23/bulldogs-life-members-acknowledged

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