Dianne Carroll O.A.M.

Since Dianne's first husband and father's name was placed on the wall at the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial in Tarcutta, witnessing the struggle and heartache out there that rekindled her personal experiences and gave her the idea of the Trans-Help Foundation.

Dianne is married, a mother of six children and grandmother of 4 grandchildren. After leaving school at the age of 14 and minimal education, her accomplishments have been through school of adversity, determination, passion and commitment.

Although never formerly educated, her contribution to community organisations span over 27 years.

She has become a well-known published author, a sought after historical consultant and a competent computer operator.

Dianne says "Through my personal experiences and achievements I have learned that if you put your heart and soul into what you believe in you will succeed”

Dianne was the founder of the Trans-Help Foundation 12 years after the sudden death of her ex-husband, father of her three eldest children. What her children endured, the battle of the system with no where to turn. Placing Gary's name on the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial was a new chapter in her life - it was then she realised what they had endured as a family could help others who had nowhere to turn.

  • 1998 Victorian Community & Local History Award Special Commendation
  • 2001 Recipient in the Federation “Peoplescape” Heroes, displayed at Parliament House –Canberra
  • 2002 Winner Victorian Community History Awards - Best Research, Records & Register
  • 2009 Finalist - Australian Transport Woman of the Year (ATA)
  • 2010 Order of Australia Medal
  • 2010 Winner "Australia's Most Helpful Person" (Oprah/AMEX)
  • 2011 Finalist - Australian Transport Woman of the Year (ATA)
  • 2012 Finalist - Australian Transport Woman of the Year (ATA)
  • 2014 Finalist - Australian Transport Woman of the Year (ATA)