I acknowledge the traditional owners of Wathaurong Country where I was born and pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.
For those who are not text orientated I have provided some images
When i was born in 1953 I looked like this. I have been blessed with an extraordinary life rich in diversity, travel, politics, religion and the companionship and love of men and women. I have also had the most amazing opportunities to relate across generations as well as cultures. You can follow the progress of my hair and hat parade at this link.
� Greatest Hits Best Song: Keep it Gay(Perry Como)
� The AFL Footy results for the year
� Sir James Darling appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
� 28 January: Jim Scullin dies. First Irish Catholic Labour PM of Australia
� 10 April, Dag Hammarskjld takes the oath of office as Secretary-General of the UN
� 2 June: Coronation of Betty Windsor
This is a birthday I share with other celebrities including Handel, Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya Norman Lindsay and of course, Maria Gloria von Schnberg-Glauchau wife of Prince Thurn un Taxis, among others!!
It’s also the day on which a few famous luminaries went to meet their maker including St Polycarp (thank God my parents didn’t chose to name me after the saint on whose day I was born!!) Other famous spirits who watch over me from on high on this day include John Keats, Nellie Melba, Augusto Sandino and Edward Elgar . What a company!!
My age now qualifies me to sit comfortably in seats on public transport reserved for “elderly, pregnant and person with a disability”. My working life could be described as diverse and exciting professional service in education and the community sector. My experience has included living in intentional communities, theological studies,community development training both in Australia and the Philippine and placement as a volunteer development worker in Papua New Guinea with PALMS.
I have been involved as a volunteer member of several NGO boards of management and continue to maintain membership of professional and community organisations in welfare and education.
Building on my experience, and deeply committed to principles of inclusion, equity and social justice. I believe I bring a highly creative and energetic presence to my work and social activities..
Two key roles which enable me to open up opportunities for justice making for individuals and groups are those of Community Jester and Storyteller.
‘The Jester is the ancient voice of protest and social reflection in the courts of power. In these times of economic rationalism and social pragmatism the Jester assists groups and individuals to critique and challenge the systems and structures that alienate people from decisions and power’
Similarly as the Story Teller Fella, using traditional and contemporary material, I have found tools to bridge cultural backgrounds, to engage an audience to find fresh meaning in their lives as children and others.
I also have a broad portfolio of work in social media and photography. This material reflects my passion for justice making and community development with Indigenous People and those from Refugee backgrounds.