Caitlin Lawrence, Director

Caitlin is a local who has lived, worked, and played in most towns in the border region her whole life. She is an active and passionate member of our community who advocates for youth education and community-led initiatives. Her commitment to these causes is fuelled by her deep sense of pride in the vibrant and diverse communities we call home. Additionally, Caitlin is deeply connected to the incredible natural landscapes that grace our region, and she believes in the importance of preserving and cherishing them for future generations.

One of her central principles is the idea that education and empowering initiatives should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. She’s on a mission to break down barriers and create opportunities for individuals of all ages to grow and thrive. As the Executive Officer of Petaurus Education Group and Co-Founder of Sisters who SHINE, Caitlin’s expertise lies in community engagement, scientific analysis, and aligning educational resources with the unique needs of our community.

Caitlin’s decision to join the Border Trust Board is rooted in a belief in the power of community-driven change. She recognizes that our region’s remarkable landscapes and natural assets provide us with a shared responsibility for their conservation and sustainable use, especially among the youth who will inherit these treasures.

By being a part of the Border Trust Board, she can actively contribute to supporting our community in their ideas, needs, and opportunities. As she puts it, “I joined the Border Trust because I believe in the power of community-driven change. Our region is home to incredible people and groups who know what our communities need, and I’m committed to listening to them and our youth to ensure everyone has access to the tools and resources they need to thrive and make a positive impact. The Border Trust Board allows me to actively contribute to these goals and support our community.”

A Community Foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation working in a specific geographic area which, over time, builds up a collection of endowed funds from many donors in the community. It provides services to the community and its donors, makes grants and undertakes community leadership and partnership activities to address a wide variety of needs in its service area.”