What is it about a person that drives them to get up after adversity? This is the question many of us ask after a tragedy – Jonty’s story exemplifies the strength of the human spirit and raises the bar when considering what we’re capable of.
Following the homicides of her nineteen year-old sister and father, Jonty, aged 21, joined with the Queensland Homicide Victim Support Group (QHVSG) to support other families bereaved by violence and raise awareness surrounding victim’s rights. Jonty has advocated for the rights of victims of violent crime for the past decade.
She was appointed as CEO of the QHVSG in 2007, and in 2009 was named Young Australian of the Year for her work including the development and promotion of the One Punch Can Kill anti-violence campaign.
Jonty has a Bachelor of Business Management and a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She was appointed to Queensland’s inaugural Sentencing Advisory Council and has continued to work and support government and community organisations with anti-violence and crime prevention strategies.
Jonty is currently an Ambassador for AngelHands and the Sunshine Coast Family Contact Centre. She is a board member of the Protect All Children Today Foundation, and in 2012 co-founded Project 24 to raise funds and increase the capacity of organisations responding to and preventing gendered-violence.
Jonty appears as a motivational speaker throughout Australia.
Speaking with organisations, community groups, schools and collectives around the impact of violence, and how one person can make a difference, she is regularly quoted in print media, appears in radio and television programs, and has had a number of opinion pieces featured in print and online.
Amongst her list of achievements, Jonty has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa and has trekked on behalf of White Ribbon through the Kokoda trail to raise awareness for domestic violence.