Today, The Footpath Library operates mobile library outreach services in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and gives away more than 8,000 books per year.
The Footpath Library’s Founder and Managing Director was a corporate communications producer for 25 years before a chance meeting with a man sleeping rough changed the course of her life and career. Sarah has been dedicated to The Footpath Library since 2003. In 2014 she started a BA major in Anthropology (completed in 2018), after her Footpath Library friends ignited an interest in human diversity and gave her the courage to study at University for the first time. Sarah is passionate about encouraging literacy from an early age, making books accessible to everyone who loves reading and changing society’s perceptions of people experiencing homelessness.
Programs Manager Melbourne
Katrina enjoys helping others and believes that small things can make a big difference. She spent 10 years helping animals at the RSPCA before moving to Lentil As Anything, where food and conversation were tools that helped many people get back on their feet. Working alongside volunteers who cared so much was key to the enjoyment Katrina got from both roles. She loves to meet new people and believes that together we could end homelessness in Australia, starting with one book at a time.
Programs Manager Sydney
Angela started her career as a high school English teacher, and has gradually moved out of education into the not-for-profit sector. Her work has remained focussed primarily on literacy and education programs, in South Africa, the UK, and now Australia. She has a particular passion for sharing and developing a love of reading, and believes books are the greatest journey anyone can venture upon.
Angela believes her key strengths are the ability to remain solutions-focussed, connect with others, and hopefully, instil a love of reading and learning along the way.
Programs Manager WA
Camille has worked in the not-for-profit sector for the past 25 years. She is very passionate about human rights and working with communities on collective change. Camille believes one person can make a difference and working together on shared goals can transform lives. She is looking forward to working with such a committed group of people at The Footpath Library who believe literacy is a fundamental right for everyone.
Shannon has more than 20 years marketing experience specialising in the areas of marketing communications, sponsorship, strategic partnerships, advertising and media. Shannon’s parents instilled in her an early appreciation of the benefits of volunteering and she now enjoys donating her skills and time to organisations she is passionate about including The Footpath Library. Shannon is the mother of two children and in her spare time enjoys travel, reading, yoga and being near the ocean.
Sydney Mobile (CBD) Library Manager
Since 2014 Vince has been responsible for recruiting and rostering volunteers for our Martin Place outreach, from his workplace, Clayton Utz, who are one of The Footpath Library’s primary supporters. Vince was initially drawn to volunteering with The Footpath library because he wanted to be useful for others. He enjoys reading (primarily history, sci-fi and historical fiction), movies/TV shows and PC games.
Kylie has worked in the not-for-profit sector and education sectors for more than 25 years. Her non-profit work has spanned humanitarian aid, aged and dementia care, and international animal welfare. An avid reader from a young age, Kylie is passionate about ensuring people experiencing homelessness have equal access to reading and books.