Inclusive, connected societies embrace diversity and value all people, building strong, healthy societies that are better for all people to live in.
The Fellowship will enable me to experience and learn from world-leading approaches to enabling inclusive, connected communities. I hope to apply the knowledge, networks and new perspectives I will gain to further enhance the impact of Befriend in Australian communities.
I'm passionate about developing creative solutions to complex social problems. I founded Perth-based social enterprise Befriend Inc. in 2010 to effect change towards an inclusive, connected society. Whilst building and growing Befriend, I've also spent 2.5yrs as one of the leaders at Useful Inc., engaging hundreds of young people in volunteering through Big Help Mob. My background as an Occupational Therapist equipped me with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to be an active citizen, applying myself to enable people to participate in meaningful roles and live good lives.
Skills & Expertise
- Facilitating inclusive, connected communities
- Social enterprise
- Social innovation
- Volunteer engagement
The best advice I’ve been given is never to give advice. Being present with someone seeking advice, being genuinely interested, listening actively and reflecting the situation back to them without imposing your own values enables people to make their own choices and move forward in their own way.
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