Prema smith

Prema Smith is the CEO and Founder of the Self Appreciation Day campaign, drawing from years of experience with an extensive knowledge of mental health and mind set. Smith has always been able to see the general absence of self-love and self-care within the broader community and country. 

He has long felt a burning desire to neutralise the stigma around these concepts and teach to create awareness to the people of the world about the power of Self Appreciation.

After the tragic passing of both his best friend of 26 years and father in February 2018, he decided as a testimony to his father’s love, that he would found Self Appreciation Day and a movement to the betterment of all of us.

Born in Sri Lanka and adopted at the age of three by an Australian couple, Smith grew up in Tasmania and has lead an extraordinary life from a young age. Since his teenage years he has worked and lived around people from many creeds and cultures, overcoming adversities while assisting youth with mental health issues, creating a unique and unmatched sense of empathy and determination.

At age 20, he ventured into his own business by buying a restaurant and two years later he started his very own landscaping business. At age 25, Prema sold both business and moved to Sydney in the pursuit of his dream of acting, where he received a formal acting education at The Actors Pulse, studying the Sanford Meisner Technique. He has been very active in the film and television world, transitioning into directing and producing, for which he has received broad acclaim. With such broad experiences and success throughout his career, it is safe to say that Prema Smith's determination is never fruitless. “The Future is a reflection of what we do today” to learn more go to

Wayne wigham

Wayne Wigham took his fair share of hits as a centre for the Balmain Tigers. Yet, he credits depression as being the strongest force he's ever been faced against, publicly proving a common vulnerability to mental illness, and condemning a culture of shame around depression and anxiety.

In conjunction with the Black Dog Institute, the Mental Fitness program and a range of other causes he has travelled throughout regional areas giving free talks about the signs, symptoms and ways to seek help about depression and anxiety, and is a leading voice in the public fight against the taboo associated with talking about emotions.

He has joined the Self Appreciation Day team, noting the proactive message about mental well-being and the mass appeal of the messages of general self-peace and understanding. He brings to the table years of experience in public speaking on the matter and a personal story of being able to overcome his own problems to achieve a richer life.


Liam j. phelan

Liam is a Creative Director for Self Appreciation Day. Liam and Prema met in the cast of a play in 2014, and have been close friends and collaborators ever since. From acting, writing, directing to performing music live together, Liam functions primarily as Prema's 'spell check' for projects. 


Liam has been passionate about mental health advocacy for some time, beginning in 2016 with his award-winning short film 'Don't Give Up', an introspective film about the long-term effects of PTSD on returned soldiers, and its impact on family relationships. Liam is a passionate advocate for the de-stigmatisation of mental health, and positive restructuring of its treatment within society. Liam believes the power for change lies within us and our ability to communicate a positive message, which is why he is on board the Self Appreciation Day team in such a capacity. To learn more about Liam, visit


Gavin McCormack

Hello. I'm Gavin McCormack. I am head education for Self Appreciation Day. I'm currently the principal at Farmhouse Montessori School in Sydney.


I am passionate about teaching and pedagogy. I have taught for over 20 years in several countries across the world. I have conducted hundreds of teacher training workshops in schools across the globe including the U.K. France, Australia and Nepal, where I am
Honorary principal at Kathmandu Montessori training centre. I'm currently advising several schools in Thailand, Nepal and Australia on the development of pedagogies that initiate independent learning and researched based outcomes for children. To find out more Cick on here to find out more