The issues around access to education go well beyond the fees required for the courses. Tonight I was honoured to meet Canadian Entrepreneurial Businessman and Philanthropist John McCall MacBain and his incredible wife Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain. John was the Founder, President and CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world’s leading classified advertising company operating over 575 print titles and 56 websites in 20 countries, in Australia he had The Trading Post. In 2006 John sold the company and together with Marcy they started the McCall MacBain Foundation - MMF.
MMF has already donated over $250 million to improving the welfare of humanity through focused grants in the areas of education, health and the environment. Over 50% of the money MMF has granted has gone to Education, with a focus on addressing barriers to education. In fact John and Marcy are in Melbourne for the opening of a large student accommodation facility they supported.
It is through amazing individuals like the McCall MacBains, that the door to education will swing open to a new generation around the world, and across the economic spectrum. However there is more to be done, and our future is in our hands. The world, and Australia, need more people like John and Marcy McCall MacBain.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that in 2014, 2,160 males took their own life, that's 18.4 men per 100,000 people. Compared with 704 females who committed suicide or 5.9 woman per 100,000.
- In 2014, approximately 75% of people who died by suicide were males and 25% were females.
- The male suicide rate was higher in every state and territory of Australia; a trend that is also consistently observed in other Western countries.
- In 2014, suicide represented 2.8% of all male deaths and 0.9% of all female deaths.
- Although men are more likely to die by suicide, the incidence of mental illness is actually higher in women. ABS figures suggest at some point in their lives one in five men experience anxiety and one in eight will have depression, whereas for women one in six experience depression and anxiety affects one in three.
- Men are less likely to get the help they need, with ABS data showing only 27 per cent of men seek professional help, compared to 40 per cent of women. In many cases men turn to drugs or alcohol instead of getting assistance.
- Studies show relationship breakdown is a major contributing factor in men choosing to commit suicide.
I have re-watched and re-watched the interview, I don't see a man talking about possession, I see a man talking about trust. Billy did something last night that many men could not, he opened up, he talked about his issues and about his feelings, and he did it on live national television. Billy Brownless, you sir, are a legend!
Jieh-Yung Co-founded Poliversity to advocate for cultural diversity leadership and to achieve a more balanced and equitable representation that reflects the multicultural makeup of Australia
Tully Smith is an Australian businessman who grew up in regional Victoria. He co-founded market research firm Audit Services Australia, who in 2013 took over Australia’s premier tourism audit firm Tourism Audit Services.
Tully has a management background based in communications and development. Tully has worked in the not for profit and private sectors across Victoria, interstate and overseas, as well as in government.
Prior to establishing Audit Services Australia, Tully worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager at the Ballarat Turf Club.
Tully has served as a Government Advisor working in Regional and Rural Development, Agriculture, Industrial Relations and Trade. Tully has also served as Executive Officer of MicroNet, an organisation committed to fostering the development of small and micro business.
An active member of his community Tully is committed to giving back and supports many charitable and community pursuits. Tully is currently Chairman of community radio station 99.9 Voice FM, Chairman of Karden Disability Support Foundation and a Director of Life Education Victoria. Tully was a founding Director of the Children of Phoenix charity and a former Director of youth not for profit employment organisation Jobs a New Approach (JANA).
Tully’s commitment to the community has been recognised with among others a Premier of Victoria’s award for Voluntary Service to the Community and he has been asked to serve as an Ambassador for White Ribbon Australia.
Tully and his partner Sarah spend their time between their Ballarat and Melbourne homes.
Tully is involved in politics and enjoys horse racing, sailing and is a keen sporting shooter. Tully is a member of the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), Essendon Football Club, the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), Regional Press Club, the Ballarat Turf Club, Commerce Ballarat, Field and Game Australia and the Ballaarat Club.
- University of BallaratManagment, present
- Damascus CollegeVCE, 1997 - 2002
- Edge InsightsDirector, 2014
- Ballarat Turf ClubSales and Marketing Manager, 2012 - 2013