The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-16T02:52:58Z The Social Studio helps change the lives of young people from new migrant and refugee communities 2020-06-16T02:52:58Z refugee-week-2020 Refugee Week 2020 runs from Sunday June 14th to Saturday June 20th and The Social Studio is using this time to highlight the continued need to support Australia's refugee community, while sharing positive stories of success from its members. Founded in 2009, The Social Studio provides skill development, training and a safe place of belonging that strives to create awareness and address the challenges for diverse young people from refugee backgrounds. The social enterprise is an RMIT University accredited fashion school, an upcycled clothing label, a retail shop, an ethical clothing manufacturer and a community space created from the style and skills of young people from new migrant and refugee communities. Among the main barriers faced by young people from refugee backgrounds are unemployment, isolation and difficulties accessing education and training. The Social Studio addresses these challenges in four ways: creating jobs; providing education; encouraging community engagement and social inclusion. Alek Nyok, a The Social Studio board member and South Sudanese-Australian community member, said: “Many young people from refugee backgrounds can face unique challenges settling in our country but with the right support and encouragement they make valuable contributions in a range of areas. The Social Studio’s approach is a practical way of harnessing skills and talent of refugee and new migrant communities.” Alek herself came as a child refugee to Australia when she was 10 years old. As a teenager in country Victoria, Alek connected with The Social Studio as part of a high school extension and later graduated from its fashion school. Now working as a data analyst, Alek is also an active volunteer in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community, and an invaluable member of The Social Studio board. The Social Studio CEO, Cate Coleman said Refugee Week is an opportunity to reflect on the resilience and capability of young people from refugee backgrounds. “The Social Studio offers a platform through art, creativity and design for these positive community narratives to shine.” By facilitating a range of projects that provide social support including legal advice, counselling, tutoring and formal training in clothing production, retail and fashion, The Social Studio has been able to help change the lives of over 800 new migrant and refugees since its inception. The Social Studio continues its incredible work through public donations and revenue generated through sales from the clothing produced by new and emerging designers at its Melbourne studio. The Social Studio label is designed and made to an extremely high quality, ethically made using only reclaimed and up-cycled materials gathered from local industry. Over the last decade over 20 tonnes of material has been salvaged from landfill. All income generated through the Studio is invested in creating social benefits for students, staff and their communities. Ways to support The Social Studio throughout Refugee Week 2020 and beyond: - Donate to The Social Studio: https://www.thesocialstudio.org/donate/ $25 can provide a student with a sewing starter kit $50 can fund all pattern making paper required for one semester $100 can provide an essential student pack for one fashion or design student for one year $500 can provide teaching support for an entire class in our TAFE program for one week $1000 can cover training costs for our TAFE programs for one semester - Shop TSS label - new Collingwood store opening soon- Buy an Art Scarf online: https://tssartscarf.org/- Follow the journey on social media via @thesocialstudio to hear stories from The Social Studio's community Olympic Sports from above by aerial photographer 2020-06-10T05:29:15Z olympic-sports-from-above-by-aerial-photographer A Sydney based aerial photographer Brad Walls, known as Bradscanvas has been working on a body of work that uses a drone to capture Olympic sports from above. In 2019, after being inspired by aerial artists that focus on higher elevation compositions, Brad began an ongoing project to capture people from a lower elevation in what he defines “the aerial portrait ‘sweet spot’, too high for handheld DSLRs but low enough to capture the fine detail”. Since then, Brad has been able to capture a broad range of people from above, gaining worldwide recognition and an array of awards along the way.  When Brad first began his pursuit of aerial photography, drones were only just reaching the market. Despite the rapid evolutions in drone technology over the recent years, Brad keeps it simple, focusing on the basics of composition rather than the newest and latest gear. Brad says “I use a drone to as a vehicle to capture a new perspective.” Brad’s work primarily focuses on people from above, saying “most aerial photography today turns a blind eye to the most beautiful element of our world, being us.”  Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo (now deferred to 2021) Brad targetted Synchronized swimming, gymnastics, tennis & ice skating as disciplines that would be most appealing from above  “Besides the aesthetic aspect, I am also trying to provide a new perspective to sports which have little coverage outside the Olympic season” In 2020 Brad won an award in the annual Skypixel awards from over 30,000 entries for his work with a Sydney synchronized swimming team. The winning photo looked at the unique geometrical patterns synchronized swimmers - often overlooked when watching from side-on. One of his all-time favourite images is from the same photo capturing the team performing a cross front-pike pattern.  As Brad waits for restrictions to be lifted he is already planning a few more projects, one in particular inspired by fine art photographer Maria Svarbova focusing on springboard diving. “It was planned to happen a few months ago with an Australian olympian but due to COVID-19 it was postponed”.  Image download link Losing Sight: Blind Author Uses Creativity to Heal 2020-05-21T23:12:59Z losing-sight-blind-author-uses-creativity-to-heal Our senior years are known for settling down, ticking things off our bucket list and spending time with grandchildren. But, in 2018, these dreams were dashed for retirees, Bettina and Gabriele Ricciuti, when Gabriele deteriorated into blindness. ‘It was devastating,’ Bettina says. 'After a last attempt to hold onto his little remaining sight with stem cell therapy, Gabriele went completely blind. For Gabby, losing sight took away hope.’ ‘To take his mind off things, we started chatting about how he left Italy after WW2 to come to Australia; his life in the cane fields in North QLD … soon, I made notes and that was the start of the book …’ Frontiers in Psychology (2019)[1], states that, ‘Depression experienced by older adults is proving an increasing global health burden …’ Yet, a proven, effective and fairly easy solution to prevent and treat depression is to use the Creative Arts—sharing stories, music, etc. Used as a therapy, Creative Arts can be used to release endorphins, which are known as the natural ‘happy feeling’ hormones. With a new goal, the couple of fifty years, have re-instated their motivation after their whole life had been turned upside down. Their debut book, INSIDE LOVE: The Book of Gabriele, was released earlier this year and is a tribute to life through hard times—much like our current COVID-19 situation. Read about Bettina and Gabriele’s life story: www.insidelovebook.com [1] Dunphy, K, et al (2019), ‘Creative Arts Interventions to Address Depression in Older Adults: A Systematic Review of Outcomes, Processes, and Mechanisms’, Retrieved from - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6331422/ AMERICAN BLUES GREATS JOIN BANDWIDTH LINE-UP 2020-05-11T23:01:36Z american-blues-greats-join-bandwidth-line-up Fans of the blues are in for a super tasty treat this Friday night with the announcement that US blues legends Robert Cray and Don Bryant have been added to the Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach already awesome line-up. Both incredible artist’s performances will be showcased in this 90 minute premiere online event which promises to be a house party like no other.   Joining the Bandwidth line-up from the comfort of their own homes are other top blues acts including TOMMY EMMANUEL, THE BLACK SORROWS, and KARISE EDEN. To celebrate our continued partnership with Memphis Tourism we are thrilled to announce that iconic international music legend DON BRYANT (above) will be beaming in from his home in the blues capital of the world, Memphis. Bryant is the man behind countless iconic records including his evergreen hit I Can’t Stand the Rain, which he wrote for his wife, Ann Peebles and which John Lennon declared as the “best song ever”. This sensational online showcase will also feature THE ROBERT CRAY BAND’S (above) mesmerising 2018 Blues on Broadbeach performance.  The five-time Grammy Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer seamlessly bridges the gap between blues, soul, and R&B with his soulful voice, smooth style, and incredible guitar skills. Watch 30 second teaser here International master of the acoustic guitar, TOMMY EMMANUEL, cannot wait for fans to see his Bandwidth performance. “It was such a disappointment when my chance to play Blues on Broadbeach was cancelled due to the Virus, but Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach has really stepped up and got a lot of the great talent to contribute to the live stream and given us artists a chance to perform for you over the internet,” said Tommy Emmanuel. Now that your southern house party has its sound, lets pump it up with some authentic Memphis flavour.  With thanks to our friends at Memphis Tourism, here are the Top 5 finger-licking meals direct from the Mississipi Delta. Fans can show their support by visiting the virtual Blues on Broadbeach merch tent and purchasing some of their fave artists CDs, t-shirts and other memorabilia. Visit the virtual Blues on Broadbeach merch tent. Bandwidth is a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook this Friday, May 15 at 7 pm AEST.  Northern hemisphere-based fans can also join in on this experience with a special encore screening on Saturday, May 16 at 7pm Los Angeles time PDT.  Blues on Broadbeach’s social media: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, please contacts SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: sue@suemacmedia.com.au Click here to access all Bandwidth media assets. Donesafe Supports Hospitals and Frontline Workers During COVID-19 2020-05-04T00:42:12Z donesafe-supports-hospitals-and-frontline-workers-during-covid-19 Donesafe Supports Hospitals and Frontline Workers During COVID-19 The stream of heartwarming stories about people and organizations working together in the face of this crisis reveals our willingness and ability to help one another. Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 – Donesafe and Bespoke Boulevard came together in an inspirational example of what can be achieved with a bit of creative thinking, time, and energy for those that are in need. Together, duo Donesafe and Bespoke Boulevard helped those that put their lives at risk every day – our frontline medical workers. These workers across the globe have been working tirelessly around the clock in order to regain a level of control around this pandemic. Donesafe continues its commitment to helping the community by supplying hundreds of frontline workers with a healthy lunch Bespoke Boulevard has food trucks normally used for festivals and other events; Donesafe is committed to health and safety. Together, they repurposed the food truck to help frontline workers. Bespoke Boulevard reached out to the team at St Vincent’s Hospital to secure a date and hundreds of workers to feed through this community initiative. Donesafe sponsored the initiative to provide healthy nutritious lunch meals to those completing another busy day at the hospital. The busiest departments across the hospital were handpicked to ensure staff received that much-needed break and healthy meal to go with. It was our way of saying, thank-you. Over 200 fresh and healthy ready-to-eat meals were prepared and delivered to medical workers. “We like to give back when and where we can. Safety is a huge priority at Donesafe and that should be the case across all organizations. Every worker needs a safe place to work and deserves to go home safely every day. This initiative spoke to the heart of everything we look to achieve through our business and our technology. A great partnership and thanks for the opportunity to give back.” Matthew Browne, Donesafe Cofounder “In these unprecedented times, the true ethos of a company can really shine through. As a workplace health and safety management software, it is obvious that Donesafe not only cares about the health and safety of employees through their software but is willing to go above and beyond for employees within the community. Thank you.” Gabrielle Keaton, Bespoke Boulevard In order to share the feel-good story with you all, here’s the journey captured on the day; the preparation and delivery to the frontline workers. See the video here. How else is Donesafe helping during COVID-19? Today, many workforces have shifted to contactless working or remote working entirely. Donesafe designed and created a solution to assist organizations through the changes faced by COVID-19; Infectious Disease and Work from Home apps. Donesafe is offering an app bundle as a commitment to helping create safer and more fulfilling workplaces. Donesafe is offering significant discounts to remove the barriers for businesses in need of our online apps. We have created a ready-to-deploy solution helping safety managers deal with infectious disease control, displaced workforces, and return to work health checks, just to list a few offerings. Encouraging a culture where safety is discussed and kept top of mind throughout an organization is at Donsafe’s core.  Who is Bespoke Boulevard? Bespoke Boulevard, a boutique brand management and activation company usually known within the events space has perfectly timed the decision to focus on innovation and the creation of a number of new exciting projects. Bespoke Boulevard pivoted its core business to supply the infrastructure to feed frontline workers. Despite all that is going on during these unpredictable times, a humble community initiative urges organizations to unite together to provide support and a well-deserved thank you to our frontline health professionals. It’s times like this that allows organizations to shift accordingly, leveraging contacts and divisional entities around the Bespoke Boulevard platform to support communities.  After the cancellation of events in 2020, the focus changed and energy around giving back to the community became paramount. The community initiative, Care for the Masses was born, creating a platform for brands, companies, organizations, and individuals to provide immediate support directly to those in need. If you want to get involved in this community initiative as an individual or want to know how to get your business involved, contact the team at Bespoke Boulevard here.  Australia and New Zealand will be represented in the 10 YEARS of the International Surrealism Now 2020-04-28T17:01:50Z australia-and-new-zealand-will-be-represented-in-the-10-years-of-the-international-surrealism-now 10 YEARS of the International Surrealism Now Exhibition  at CAE Portugal, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz - The International Surrealism Now Exhibition will open on (COVID? after) to (COVID?) 2020 at the Center of Arts and Spectacle (CAE) in the city of Figueira da Foz in Portugal, and in the ambit of celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 14th edition of the International Surrealism Now exhibition. Australia and New Zealand to be present in the next edition of Surrealism Now, the largest World Surrealism exhibition of the 21st century which gathers artwork from 52 countries until now. Andrew Baines, Cristian Townsend and Sarah Zambiasi   from Australia and Rudolf Boelee from New Zealand are the artists whose work will be present in the International Surrealism Now. The exhibition is a project created by Santiago Ribeiro, Portuguese surrealist artist, and started in 2010 at the Bissaya Barreto Foundation of Coimbra. In these 10 years, has been touring various parts of the country from Lisbon to Porto as well as satellite exhibitions in the United States such as Dallas, Los Angeles, University of Mississippi and New York, also in Europe in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid among others always promoted and organized by Santiago. This exhibition has become the largest exhibition of surrealism of the 21st century in the world, consisting of works of painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, and photography. 125 participant artists from 52 countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, India. About Santiago, the mentor, and promoter of the largest exhibition of surrealism in the 21st century in the world, the International Surrealism Now, already has numerous presences around the planet as well as Berlin, Moscow, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Indiana, Denver, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Nantes, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Minsk, New Delhi, Jihlava (Czech Republic) and Caltagirone in Sicily and many cities in Portugal. The  Arts and Entertainment Center (CAE) was opened in 2002. Large cultural structure (2 200 and 800 seat auditoriums - outdoor amphitheater, foyer, breakout rooms, studios, 4 exhibition halls) was thought of as a centrality with European Community funds and its programming tends to go through major national and international shows and this structure is also linked to other programming centers and events, in an anchor logic that disperses without losing continuity. http://cae.pt/ Below are the names of the artists: Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Albania-Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alessio Serpetti, Italy / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Axel Blotevogel, Germany / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Carlos Sablón, Cuba / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Chuang Chih Hui, Taiwan / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China / USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chiriac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, France / Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Fabrizio Riccardi, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Gabriele Esau, Germany / Genesis Cabrera, USA / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American / Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / Joanna Budzyńska-Sycz, Poland / João Duarte, Portugal / Keith Wigdor, USA / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maarten Vet, Netherlands / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Naiker Roman, Cuba / Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Ofelia Hutul, Romania / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Spiegel, USA / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pavlina Boroshova, Switzerland-Germany / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Peter MC LANE, France / Philippe Pelletier, France / Radhika Menon, India / Richard Shannon, USA / Roch Fautch, USA / Rodica Miller, USA / Ruben Cukier, Argentine / Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Russbelt Guerra, Peru / Sabina Nore, Austria / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sarah Zambiasi, Australia / Serge Sunne, Latvia / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Shia Weltenmenge, Germany / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto, Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Svetlana Ratova, Russia / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Tersanszki Cornelia, Romania / Tim Roosen, Belgium / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco / Spain / Yang Sumin, Taiwan / Yuliya Patotskaya, Belarus / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia. Contacts:Centro de Artes e EspectáculosRua Abade Pedro3080-084 Figueira da FozTel: 233 407 200 Fax: 233 407 209E-mail: geral@cae.ptwww.cae.pt Hours:Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 11 pm;Friday: 9 am to midnight;Saturdays; 10 am to midnight;Sundays and holidays: 10h00 to 19h00;Show days: until the end of the show HOTA TAKES THEIR RAGE ONLINE 2020-04-24T03:12:16Z hota-takes-their-rage-online Over the next six weeks, HOTA has big plans to bring the community everything they love about the Home of the Arts, direct to living rooms through their RAGE ON(line) program. Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO, said the venue’s temporary closure is not going to stop them delivering the Arts. “We know people will be missing HOTA, and we’re not going to let being closed stop us from delivering great creative content. So we’ve been collaborating with brilliant artists to bring you great art from the comfort of your armchair,” she said. “You might not be quite sure what to expect, we’re turning this stuff around fast, but get ready to sing with us, laugh with us and craft with us.” HOTA’s RAGE ON(line) program will begin rolling out soon on their website and social media channels. Meanwhile, the art is rolling in as HOTA’s Rage Against the V(irus) fund for local artists takes off. So far, HOTA has received more than 195 applications from local Gold Coast artists for funding of up to $1000, to create projects with an online outcome. Criena Gehrke praised the creativity and inventiveness of the artists. “This rapid-response grant was established for our local arts community during a time when they need it most,” she said. “Artists are the lifeblood of HOTA, without them there is no home of the arts. We’ve been awed by their creative brilliance and we celebrate their creativity, inventiveness and courageous nature.” Project outcomes so far have included: short films, a web series, photo exhibitions, concerts, colouring books, animations, an interview series and more. As RAGE ON(line) prepares to launch, applications for HOTA’s Rage Against the V(irus) artist fund remain open until May 15. For more information visit: https://hota.com.au/hota-artist-fund-rage-against-the-virus/ **For a full list of the funded projects to date, see media release attached. ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 MEDIA ALERT: Nurses from Australian Military History. Why Vivian Bullwinkel needs to be celebrated this ANZAC Day. 2020-04-23T05:51:51Z media-alert-nurses-from-australian-military-history-why-vivian-bullwinkel-needs-to-be-celebrated-this-anzac-day Dear Editor, Vivian Bullwinkel was a nurse, war hero, woman and health advocate who needs to be celebrated this ANZAC Day. For an interesting and fresh angle for ANZAC Day, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward, CEO of the Australian College of Nursing, invites you to look into the remarkable life of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA and celebrate the incredible contribution she made to Australia’s way of life, much like many nurses and front-line staff are doing for the community in response to Coronavirus today. Kylie Ward, a passionate and formidable health leader is leading the charge to have more women remembered for their military service, and Bullwinkel epitomises strength, resilience and honour, and her sacrifice. Kylie Ward is available for interviews. Please contact: Felicity Zadro 0404 009 384 felicity@zadroagency.com.au Please see a video from Kylie Ward here: https://youtu.be/mpddV6mQgwI. Please view an article published on LinkedIn here: or read below. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/draft/AgGyKVbIVpI-EQAAAXGlb3-hpzAn1X7PgLkUc-f1Cq8wVkXhabBNh218OvaY27BuT-yuRsg A little about Bullwinkel In May 1941, Bullwinkel volunteered for the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and sailed for Singapore, assigned to the 2/13th Australian General Hospital. In February 1942, with 65 other nurses, she fled Singapore following an invasion by Japanese troops, however her ship, the SS Vyner Brooke, was sunk by Japanese aircraft two days later. Bullwinkel drifted for hours clinging to a lifeboat before she struggled ashore on Banka Island with other survivor. When Japanese troops arrived, they corralled 22 nurses together and ordered them into the sea, where they machine-gunned them. Sister Bullwinkel, badly wounded and feigning death, was the only survivor. After a long while and as a sole survivor, Bullwinkel got back to the now empty beach. There she found a wounded British soldier from another massacre. They hid out for 12 days, and she cared for the man until he died. Eventually, Vivian surrendered to the Japanese, but made no mention of the massacre. She was interned with other nurses and endured a further three years of hardship and brutality before her release enabled her to tell her harrowing story. Bullwinkel served in Japan in 1946 and 1947 before resigning from the Army as Captain; she re-joined the Citizen Military Forces in 1955 and served until 1970, when she retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Nurses are an important part of our Australian Military History. Why Vivian Bullwinkel is one of our greatest war time heroes By Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN As we approach ANZAC Day, it is important to stop and reflect on the men and women from all over Australia have fought in wars, long over and those still going, for our protection, safety, health and way of life; people who sacrificed so much for our freedom today. Very much how, I believe, future Australians will reflect on the contribution of nurses during our current coronavirus pandemic. The Australian War Memorial is a sacred and special place, telling the hard stories of our past and honouring those who have fought for our country. When a nurse who served and sacrificed for our country is remembered in the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is there to lay a wreath. It is a small token of our appreciation and respect for one of our own. Yet I feel we need to do more to honour the nurses, past and present, who served our country. For example, I believe every Australian should know the formidable Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA. Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole survivor of the 1942 Banka Island massacre. Post-war, she was Matron of Melbourne's Fairfield Hospital[5]. Vivian’s nursing career began in 1934 when she undertook nursing and midwifery training at the Broken Hill and District Hospital. From February 1939 she worked at the Kia-Ora Hospital in Hamilton, Victoria, before moving to Melbourne to enlist at the outbreak of war and worked for a time at the Jessie MacPherson Hospital[6]. In May 1941, Bullwinkel volunteered for the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) and sailed for Singapore, assigned to the 2/13th Australian General Hospital. In February 1942, with 65 other nurses, she fled Singapore following an invasion by Japanese troops, however her ship, the SS Vyner Brooke[7], was sunk by Japanese aircraft two days later. Bullwinkel drifted for hours clinging to a lifeboat before she struggled ashore on Banka Island with other survivors.[8] When Japanese troops arrived, they corralled 22 nurses together and ordered them into the sea, where they machine-gunned them. Sister Bullwinkel, badly wounded and feigning death, was the only survivor.[9] After a long while and as a sole survivor, Bullwinkel got back to the now empty beach. There she found a wounded British soldier from another massacre. They hid out for 12 days, and she cared for the man until he died. Eventually, Vivian surrendered to the Japanese, but made no mention of the massacre. She was interned with other nurses and endured a further three years of hardship and brutality before her release enabled her to tell her harrowing story.[10] Bullwinkel served in Japan in 1946 and 1947 before resigning from the Army as Captain; she re-joined the Citizen Military Forces in 1955 and served until 1970, when she retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Post-war, Bullwinkel spent 16 years as Matron of Melbourne's Fairfield Hospital and continued as Director of Nursing there until 1977[11]. In 1947, she gave evidence of the massacre at a war crimes trial in Tokyo[12]. Post-war, Vivian advocated for better education and conditions for nurses, established and raised funds for the Australian Nurses’ Memorial, and later held the role of President of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia. Vivian became the first female member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and served on various veteran and philanthropic committees to pay tribute to her fallen nursing colleagues. In 1992, she returned to Banka Island to unveil a shrine to the nurses who died there. Vivian overcame the atrocities of war with heroism, strength and tenacity. Her incredible achievements and commitment to caring for the sick and wounded are an example to all nurses, and Australians alike, and should not be forgotten. Her story, and those similar, need to be told so that we understand as Australians the full contribution of men and women who served and continue to serve. We need to ensure our children and future generations don’t forget the contribution that women made to our history. Their stories are important to understanding who we are as a nation. It is important that the story of such a great woman, nurse, leader and Australian is woven into the fabric of all those who talk about our history. We have asked ourselves; how do we keep her memory alive? One such avenue is to ensure we have a physical reminder of Vivian Bullwinkel in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial. ACN is on a quest to fund a commemorative sculpture as a timely tribute to Vivian, one that takes its rightful place at the Memorial so future generations can remember her sacrifice and recognise all Australian nurses who have lost their lives or survived the atrocities of war whilst serving their country. We want to have Vivian front and centre of our remembrance. If you would like to contribute to building the sculpture, we would greatly appreciate your support. Click here. I take inspiration from the life of Vivian Bullwinkel; she is a beacon of strength, resilience and honour, and her sacrifice and work shall not be forgotten. Lest we forget. More on Vivian Bullwinkel Vivian Bullwinkel was appointed to the Order of Australia (AO) on 26 January 1993, appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 1 January 1973 and awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal on 6 March 1947 for service to the veteran and ex-prisoner of war communities, to nursing, to the Red Cross Society and to the community. She was also the winner of the Florence Nightingale Medal (National Library of Australia, 2020)[13]. [1] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [2] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [3] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [4] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [5] https://trove.nla.gov.au/people/783063?c=people [6] https://trove.nla.gov.au/people/783063?c=people [7] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [8] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [9] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [10] https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/5 [11] https://trove.nla.gov.au/people/783063?c=people [12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_Bullwinkel [13] https://trove.nla.gov.au/people/783063?c=people (21 April 2020) How we’re spreading good vibes while everyone’s working from home 2020-04-09T01:21:53Z how-we-re-spreading-good-vibes-while-everyone-s-working-from-home Read the full article here: https://product.canva.com/spreading-the-good-vibes-while-working-from-home/ Canva’s humble journey started in our CEO and cofounder’s mother’s lounge room in Western Australia. Eight years later, a now global business with offices in Sydney, Manila and China, our 800+ strong team is testament to our ability to maintain a happy, engaged and productive workforce. In December 2019/January 2020 Australia overcame one of its worst national disasters with fire storms ravaging our lands, during which we witnessed the great Aussie spirit, pure grit and bravery, hope and overwhelming stories of kindness, generosity and charity. Meanwhile the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas, Philippines also in January meant our team members in Manila had to adapt to new work schedules, while our colleagues in China were starting to feel the first waves of the coronavirus outbreak hit home. Now the pandemic is spreading. We’re witnessing unprecedented times, with many people in panic mode - ranging from pensioners, business owners, parents and their school children, in limbo wondering what the next few months will look like. We’ve seen people battling each other for the last roll of TP, stockpiling goods, abusing retail staff for nation-wide enforced rations, mass organisation-wide layoffs - it could be said this pandemic is bringing out the worst in everyone. Being located in Sydney myself, I’ve personally witnessed polar opposite ‘vibes’, only months apart. With governments around the globe urgently trying to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Australia has imposed a number of strict regulations to slow down infection rates: Shutdown of principal places of social gathering - including registered and licensed clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor sports venues and places of worship; No international travel to any country; Some states closing their borders for domestic travel; Restaurants and cafes are restricted to takeaway only; Cancellation of events like the ANZAC Day Memorial Services; Postponement of national sporting events including the NRL and AFL tournaments; and Encouraging all people to stay at home, practice physical distancing of at least 1.5m if it’s absolutely necessary to enter into the public domain and good hand hygiene. What does this mean for our people? Our extended communities? Our users? Our priorities are to, above all else: keep our team, and their families safe by introducing work from home measures; do our part to slow community spread of the virus to help protect the most vulnerable; and ensure we continue to serve our design community with the highest standards. But what happens to team morale, and the culture Canva is so lovingly known for, when all face-to-face contact, in-person meetings, international and domestic travel, and other events are put on hold to work from home? I’ll share how the Canva Vibe team is taking our mission further by lifting morale and engagement across our remote workforce. The Virtual Canva Vibe Now more than ever, the need for good vibes and a strong company culture is intensifying. So much so, our ‘Vibe Team’ has been working tirelessly over the past couple of weeks to ensure that when the time came for the entire 800+ Canva workforce to work remotely, the same culture could be felt across the world wide web, straight to everyone’s home office/couch/dining room table - wherever their best work is done! Our Vibe Team is a dedicated group of individuals (roughly 1 to every 25 employees) whose primary purpose is ensure there is a strong internal culture, and therefore a wonderful work environment that inspires everyone to do their best work - to have that fire in their belly to continuously learn and improve, as well as feel supported and truly love what they do each day. To that end, with our now completely remote workplace, the Vibe Team has developed a dedicated internal website as a one-stop-shop key resource to help bolster our team’s strong sense of belonging and camaraderie. An ever-evolving platform, currently the site includes: Daily Updates A dedicated space where super top line updates (also known as TL:DR content) are shared for the global team; they will be updated on a ‘as they happen’ basis. More social channels Additional Slack channels have been created with working from home (WFH) tips and tricks, how-tos and a bit of fun; these include #wfh-fashion-challenges, #wfh-food-and-bev-challenge where teams can spice up and share their working from home outfits, join the daily cook-along and ‘rate your mates’ plates and #best-of-zoom-meetings where our team can show off their best Zoom backgrounds and calls. Sydney Dashboard Content that is normally played across our digital screens within Canva’s Sydney offices, are now being broadcast virtually through our new ‘intranet’. Updated daily, the purpose of this dashboard is to inspire lunch options, recommend good books, recognise ‘Canvaversaries’ and birthdays, and welcome our newest recruits (known as ‘Canvanauts’). It’s important we continue to implement as many BAU activities as possible - for it is these quirky little internal communication pieces that add up to make Canva’s well-loved culture and vibe. Covid-homebase A central area containing all the key information relating to COVID-19 and WFH policies. Includes country-specific government updates and mandates, new company-wide announcements, as well as toolkits for BAU activity to proceed remotely, ensuring we’re working as a collective as seamlessly and cohesively as possible. Lunch Stipend In this current climate, we are extremely lucky to be able to keep up our livelihood and work from home, especially as there are other industries that don’t have this opportunity. One area that has been impacted massively are our local cafes, restaurants and commercial fruit and vegetable suppliers; and closer to home, our very own suppliers to Canva. We see this as a great opportunity to embrace our values and offer support to these communities in need. All our team members receive a daily lunch stipend whilst we’re a 100% remote workforce - and during this time we’re encouraging everyone to think about the communities that have been greatly affected by the current situation when it comes how and where to spend the allowance. To that end, our people can: Receive the stipend in their fortnightly paycheck to spend within their local communities, supporting their local providers. OR Help local suppliers and provide food to local charities 🙏 Rather than receiving the stipend in one’s paycheck, it’ll be donated to either Wayside Chapel or OzHarvest. We have chosen these charities as they reflect the values that we ourselves embody and echo our philosophy of being able to bring people together through good nutritious food. OR Help local suppliers and receive a home delivery hamper 🥖 Most of Canva’s food and beverage suppliers have lost up to 80%-90% of their weekly clients and are facing uncertain futures. To ensure they are able to keep operating we have pulled together a weekly mixed hamper that showcases their amazing seasonal produce and smallgoods. The hamper will be delivered every Tuesday and contain the following: Fresh bread from Bread & Butter Project; Half doz. free range eggs; Fresh fruit and vegetables from Rami (who supplements our Canva veg supply); Farm veg, Hebron Farm (Canva’s Farm); Freshly Ground Coffee from Kua Coffee; and Flowers from our florist Selena Murray Cooking@Home Our resident chefs have developed weekly menus, shopping lists and how-to videos to inspire. The video series showcases how easy, and cost-effective, it is to pull together a healthy breakfast and lunch using limited resources. Updated weekly, the videos include step-by-step instructions on how to make pesto linguine through to the ultimate in 2 minute noodles recipes. Health and Wellbeing Our resident Health and Wellbeing Coach has transformed a whole raft of wellness plans into virtual ones via Zoom - including fitness programs like chair yoga, how to deal with 3:30itis and a series of stretches and functional movements to get the blood flow moving. Here’s an example of one of the many exercises shared with our teams, to keep our bodies moving and help us all be less sedentary. Clubs from Home From #wine-club and #music-club, through to #pasta-club-official and #mindfulness-club, the virtual club scene is strong at Canva. Keeping our employees engaged and active in the company - beyond their remit as per their job description - is an integral part of our culture. We have over 360 active clubs currently at Canva, with many more by the day moving to a virtual format; their value is enormous to building strong long-lasting relationships with other members of our team, the cross-pollination of ideas and information and knowledge sharing. WFH Tips Moving 800+ people completely online is unchartered territory for many, so the development of our WFH (working from home) tips resource offers insight into some of the best ways to work with remote teams, as well as how to stay productive while watching Netflix plus much more. We’ve also developed a comprehensive ‘Remote Working Toolkit’ which includes resources for individuals, teams and leads; such as guidelines for remote work, WFH productivity reimbursements, list of tools available for remote collaboration such as Slack, Zoom, Trello, Jira, Coda and the like. Canva University has also launched a ‘How do you remotely do it?’ series, including a number of panels, sessions and deep dives on working remotely. Podcasts Currently featuring four shows - hosted by some of Canva’s most charismatic team members - these dedicated podcasts are critical to boosting engagement across our entirely remote organisation. Over 42 million people listen to podcasts weekly, that’s more than people go to the movies! A statistic that will sure rise given the current #coronavirus climate. This form of communication: allows us to reach our employees with a format they’re used to; is easy to digest; has the ability to engage a global team - podcasts allow us to make important information available on demand immediately to others in different timezones; and enhances peer-to-peer connection. Mental Health It’s extra important to look after your headspace when working remotely for extended periods and during times of uncertainty. To effectively support the mental health of all our people, Canva is providing every employee with: 13 free video consultations with a psychologist via the company’s EAP providers; Access to a comprehensive resources library on managing one’s mental health during times of isolation Mindfulness and meditation app subsidies - these practices can be incredibly effective in times like these. There are plenty of really great apps out there (Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind etc) and Canva will help cover the subscription fees Access to a number of virtual webinar series covering key mental health topics, as well as strategies for copying and building resilience. Sharing Economy Whether you’re looking for soap or kids panadol, this dedicated area includes an interactive map where team members can upload ‘shopping hotspots’. It also allows you to ‘pin drop’ companies that have had to close their doors, but are still alive and kicking online - so we can continue to ‘shop local’. Finally there’s an area to ‘Hitch a Ride’ - where if you have a car, you can list your availability to help out other Canvanauts if needed. Virtual Friday Night Drinks We’ve developed a virtual ‘Friday Night Drinks’ Zoom meeting which features live performances to support the local entertainment industry that has been so disadvantaged by the outbreak of COVID-19. Team Innings An initiative to help keep the internal wins and celebrations alive, and continue building connections with each of our teams - while we’re all remote. From virtual games of Pictionary and Bingo as an ice breaker, through to dedicated dress up meetings (Canva is big on dress ups - especially at our Season Openers - we’ve had Under the Sea, Game of Thrones, Hawaiian just to name a few), exercises with our resident Health and Wellness Coach and specialised cooking tutorials with our group of chefs. Why keeping the vibe alive is important I am a firm believer that ‘keeping the vibe alive’ (or culture) is absolutely paramount for any organisation, especially during times of crisis and uncertainty. For us, we know our culture and vibe is the backbone to our success; our great people develop our great products. It takes a village to constantly lead the charge and work to become one of the world’s most loved brands. We hope these initiatives will help us ride this wave of uncertainty, by providing an environment for our people to be the best they can be, deliver their best work and ensure we continue to deliver a service that is exceptional. We’re not professing to have all the answers, we’re learning as we go - this is unchartered territory, and we are well aware there are organisations that do not have the luxury or flexibility to implement the measures we have - but every little effort can add up to something more impactful. If our methods mean less people commuting to and from work, with less touchpoints running the risk of infection, it’s just one small step to help keep our communities safer. Secondly, if our initiatives inspire other organisations to implement little changes to make their respective teams and communities safer, more cohesive, then that too is a win. Thirdly, our people come first, second and third - during this time of crisis each and everyone’s well being is of the utmost importance - it takes a village to build and maintain a business like ours - and if we can do our bit to ensure our global teams have what they need to be good humans and to excel in their work and home life, then we’re ensuring we’re doing our bit to be a force for good. What else are our people doing to support the broader community? We, as an organisation, are offering all public health organisations (PHO) around the world with free lifetime licences for Canva Pro. This initiative comes in response to the surge of misinformation surrounding the virus, as PHO’s struggle to fight back against myths and rumours gaining traction in the public domain. Canva’s in-house design team is volunteering its services to PHO’s in need of further assistance with delivering effective visual communications. We have also launched a collection of new health-related templates including flyers, posters and social media posts designed with pre-populated content based on the information supplied by the World Health Organisation (WHO). All of our farm produce is being donated to Wayside Chapel, local communities and OzHarvest. We’re also producing finished meals for our nearby charity organisations, to continue to help those in need during this global crisis. Regardless of where you are in the world, 2020 will be one of the toughest years yet. We all need to rally together to build resilience and courage, help each other out, share information/resources and learn from each other so that together we can come out the other side of this global crisis stronger and more empowered than ever before. Event organisers reveal how Australian events can bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-22T07:39:37Z event-organisers-reveal-how-australian-events-can-bounce-back-from-the-covid-19-pandemic Summary  - A survey of regional event organisers reveals the financial impact of the ban on public gatherings  - Half of event organisers (57%) believe a Government support package for the sector would be the most realistic solution to assist their event to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis  - While only 5% of event organisers predict their event will go bankrupt and be lost forever, a further 30% are unsure if their event will survive or not.     A survey of Australian event managers is revealing the kind of support Australian events and festivals believe they will need to survive the cancellation or postponement of their events as required by the COVID-19 ban on public gatherings.     The survey is being run jointly by regional tourism consultancy TIlma Group and event management trainer rEVENTS Academy. The majority of respondents are event organisers who host events of fewer than 5,000 attendees in a regional or rural community. As of 5pm Sunday March 22, 95 Australian event managers had completed the survey.    36% of respondents have cancelled their 2020 event or postponed until 2021. 20% will postpone their event to later in 2020. 28% are waiting for further information before deciding their course of action.     Only half of respondents (55%) predict their event will find a way to survive and bounce back in 2021. One third are still unsure of their event’s future, while 5% predict their event will go broke and never be held again.     70% will lose up to $100,000 by cancelling or postponing their event. 22% will lose up to $500,000, and 5% will lose up to $1 million, with a couple of events losing several million dollars.     There are many sunk costs prior to the event being held. Depending on what stage event planning is up to, events could have spent the majority of their budget without yet earning any revenue. Events who purchased event cancellation insurance will not receive any compensation because the cause of the cancellation was a pandemic.     Further to the loss to events directly is the economic loss to the regional host communities on top of the impact of bushfires and severe drought when they particularly need the economic and social stimulus that events provide. 63% of survey respondents estimate their community will lose up to $1 million in economic benefit from the loss of their event, while 29% estimate up to $5 million. One event manager estimates up to $13 million will be lost by communities across the Outback region their attendees travel through.      39% of respondents will refund pre-purchased tickets in order to look after their customers and protect their reputation, despite the lack of clarity around refund legalities.     Half of event organisers (57%) believe a Government support package for the sector would be the most realistic solution to assist their event to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis, while 28% believe a combination of Government support and widespread support from ticketholders such as ticketholders holding onto their tickets until the event is next held would allow them to bounce back in 2021.   --END—    About Tilma Group   Tilma Group provides strategic tourism development planning support to local governments across regional Australia.     About rEVENTS Academy   rEVENTS Academy provides event management training to support the long-term viability of regional Australian events and festivals.    MindBodySpirit Festival returns to Brisbane 2020-02-12T04:03:03Z mindbodyspirit-festival-returns-to-brisbane Australia’s largest health, wellbeing, spiritual and natural therapy event returns to Brisbane in February and March for three amazing days! The first MindBodySpirit Festival of 2020 is set to welcome over 14,000 Brisbanites. From Friday February 28 to Sunday March 1, the local community can discover, educate and stimulate their senses in search of a more holistic lifestyle for free! The Festival will bring together the very best of speakers and performers, holistic products, shopping, health and skincare, therapies, meditation, psychic readers, personal growth, workshops, seminars and more. The Seminar series, interactive Workshops and Speaker’s Lounge will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 50 guest speakers and presenters who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual connections, health, nutrition and more. Special guest speakers include Olympic star and owner of Happy Health You; Lisa Curry, renowned psychic mediums Jason McDonald and Scott Alexander King, nutritionist Katherine Maslen and VIP Wildlife’s Lester Trenkamp! On the Performance Stage, visitors will be treated to musical journeys, interactive bellydancing, psychic mediumship and more. Headlined by Sound Healing meditation with Katie Underwood, Steps Dance Academy, Lou Van Stone’s Sound Healing Journey and more are sure to leave a lasting impression. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room will feature free guided sessions. For those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. If that wasn’t enough, the Soul Kitchen will also satisfy the health conscious with a range of demonstrations from experts, covering a range of raw, vegan, nutritious and intolerance conscious discussions and recipes. Find founders of Wellness In Real Life, Alicia and Bree with their passion for healthy food and good nutrition, plus nutritional medicine practitioner Kathy Ashton with foods that prevent inflammation and boost gut health. It’s a fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthy, holistic and wholesome life and the Brisbane MindBodySpirit Festival is the best place to find it! Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 90,000 visitors nationwide. The 2020 Festival will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors open 9am daily. - ENDS - Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-31T00:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer -ends- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls, women and volunteers A Place To Grow. For Media Enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork. WA Freemasons tour Israel in Historic Event 2020-01-24T01:16:35Z wa-freemasons-tour-israel-in-historic-event MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   21/1/2020 WA Freemasons tour Israel in Historic Event On the 28th of January, for the first time in history a delegation of over 22 senior ranking Freemasons will be representing Western Australia at the installing of the ceremonial head of Freemasons in Israel. Occurring once every five years, the Installation is the most important Freemasonry event in the Israeli calendar and will be held north of Tel Aviv.  WA Freemasons will also take part in a rare ritual of the Mark Master Mason degree held in the Tzedakya Caves, Jerusalem the following day. This is a first for any Australian Freemason to be invited to undertake. Importantly this reflects the truly respectful relationship that has developed between these two countries through a common association in Freemasonry.  “This event is extremely significant to Freemasons, as our ceremonies are based around the construction of King Solomon’s temple also known as the First Temple, and was the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar” Western Australian Grand Master Peter Kirwan said. “We will be visiting the same places mentioned in centuries-old Masonic and Biblical scholarly tomes.” He said, “that in addition to the official ceremonies, we will be visiting a number of historical sites across Israel including the underground tunnels of Serona, Bahai Gardens, Crusader Fortress in Akko and Mt Zion” Peter also states that the group intends to use the opportunity to raise our Western Australian profile abroad and encourage people to travel here to enjoy our wonderful tourist sites and activities. ### What Women Want in 2020 2019-12-20T03:01:36Z what-women-want-in-2020 Flexible working opportunities, diverse senior leadership teams, clear policies, company purpose beyond the dollars and leadership trumped networks, social activities and free lunches when it came to what women want in the workplace, according to The Leadership Institute’s 2019 study of over 800 working women. Dana Lightbody, CEO of The Leadership Institute and creator of the annual Women In Leadership Summit says, “It’s really no surprise to me that flexible working opportunities came out as the number one issue facing women at work today. “As a single mother by choice of young twin toddlers, I know how difficult it is to find flexibility and balance in my work and home life, and I own the business! 2020 has a lot of high expectations for us all, including me,” said Dana. Dana Lightbody share her top five tips to get what you want in 2020: Reassess your priorities, are you where you want to be? If not, how are you going to get there. Any goal needs a plan of action; Don’t leave anyone wondering where you want to go – make your intentions and desires clear to everyone around you; Ambition is not a dirty word; Flexibility is not career suicide – great companies recognise that work productivity rather than hours at a desk is what matters. You can work from anywhere that’s the point of technology; Education is not something that stops when you graduate, make professional development your 2020 goal. The Leadership Institute has confirmed that the Women In Leadership Summit will return on 20th - 23rd of October 2020 with keynote speakers confirmed to date including Gail Kelly, Former Group CEO and First Female CEO of a Big 4 Bank, Westpac, Colleen Callander, CEO, Sportsgirl, Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross and Justine Troy, Founder, 42 Below. About Konnect Learning and The Leadership Institute: Known as Australia’s one-stop shop for corporate training and development needs, Konnect Learning are the minds behind The Leadership Institute and the highly anticipated Women In Leadership Summit, with new programs to be announced in 2020. No matter the industry or level of experience, their breadth of products ensures there is a course for everyone. theleadershipinstitute.com.au NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T04:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT.