Ro Allen, Victoria’s Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, is the latest ambassador to join LGBTI youth charity The Pinnacle Foundation.

Allen is the state’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, a role that sees her championing the rights of LGBTI Victorians within government.

She previously chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTQI Health and Wellbeing and was the CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, founding Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people.

As a Pinnacle ambassador, Allen said she looks forward to helping the charity fulfil its mission to ‘light the spark within’ and help LGBTI young adults realise their full potential.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Pinnacle as an ambassador,” Allen said.

“I strongly believe that education and mentorship is critical to helping young people make the most of life’s opportunities.

“The support that Pinnacle provides can be life changing for LGBTI youth and I’m really looking forward to helping Pinnacle share more success stories with a broad audience.”

Pinnacle CEO Janine Middleton said Allen’s appointment will bring even more energy and expertise to the organisation as it looks to increase the number of annual scholarships it provides around Australia.

“Pinnacle is all about offering opportunity and community to young LGBTI Australians through education and mentoring, values that Ro has lived throughout her career,” said Middleton.

“We are thrilled to have Ro join the Pinnacle family and look forward to working with them on some exciting projects in 2018.”

The Pinnacle Foundation is a national charity that provides education scholarships and mentoring support to disadvantaged LGBTI young adults, and is run entirely from the donations of private and corporate donors.

Ro Allen joins other Pinnacle ambassadors including Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski, Australian cricketer Alex Blackwell, and former leader of the Australian Greens Bob Brown.

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