Ivan Copley OAM
Indigenous community worker and SA Australian of the Year 2009
Ivan has devoted his life to achieving reconciliation and better outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Through his work with Rotary he established the first clean drinking water purifier in the Aboriginal community of Leigh Creek.
Whilst at the Australian Bureau of Statistics he arranged for second-hand computers to be installed in Aboriginal communities without computer access. Ivan has put his heart and soul into improving the quality of life for his community and has been described as a ‘bridge for all peoples'.