Elizabeth Clayton, founder of the Happy Home Trust, is originally from New South Wales, Australia. She is a graduate of the University of NSW where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences.
Elizabeth began her career as a counsellor and teacher, teaching several subjects, including psychology and sociology, in colleges in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
Elizabeth had an entrepreneurial spirit early in her career, and started her first business as a consultant in corporate communications. In 1987, Elizabeth moved to Fiji to start a new venture manufacturing furniture under license for the Swedish giant furniture retailer, IKEA. After many successful years, Elizabeth sold off the majority of her business in 2001 to focus on other things.
Elizabeth served as President of the Rotary Club of Suva from 2003-2004. Through this experience she became more involved with the needs of the community, putting her emphasis on neglected, underprivileged, exploited or abused at-risk children within Suva, Fiji.
In 2002, Elizabeth found Sujit Kumar and she began the effort of his rehabilitation that inspired the Happy Home Trust.
Elizabeth echoes the sentiment of children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman.
“If you don’t stand up for children, then you don’t stand up for much.”
Elizabeth has been the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, dedication, and contributions to the community, including Rotarian of the Year for June 2007 – June 2008 for District 9920, The Paul Harris Fellow award, an award of the highest distinction in the Rotary Club for her contribution to the community, recognition by The Order of Fiji for her contribution to commerce, Exporter of the Year in her sector, among others.