Sunday, October 19, 2014

Young Leaders Lisa and Cettina Step Up at GRAI AGM

Yesterday I attended the GRAI AGM – for those of you unfamiliar with the work of GRAI – GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc this organisation aims to create a responsive and inclusive mature age environment that promotes and supports a quality life for older people of diverse sexuality and gender identities.

How proud I was to sit at the meeting and hear how Lisa Rynne has been very influential in promoting the ‘Right to Belong’ training project to aged care providers.
GRAI is offering training to aged care providers, which:

  • Will Increase awareness of LGBTI clients
  • Will assist aged care providers comply with new legal requirements
  • Is in-house – they come to you
  • Is free ( funded by the Commonwealth government 
 To book contact Dr Susan Harwood

I then had great satisfaction in hearing Cettina Raccuia present the Treasurers report, Cettina demonstrated a great understanding of the financials and the audit process.

As I reflect on the meeting, the work of GRAI and our Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards, I am even more convinced that the way to a healthy inclusive society is for you to have deep conversations with a diverse range of people, where you listen to each other, share your concerns and develop ways to collaborate to achieve your objectives

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ontological Coaching in Action Workshops for 2014

Newfield Institute’s final Ontological Coaching in Action Workshops for 2014 will be held in Perth in October and Canberra in November.

This workshop provides an experiential introduction to a powerful new approach to coaching, capable of effecting real, sustainable change at the individual, team and organisational level. If you are interested in learning more about Ontological Coaching – don’t miss this workshop.


Dates:          20 - 22 October 2014

Times:         9am – 6pm daily

Venue:         Southcare Hall
                    Cnr Pether Road and Bickley Crescent
                    Manning, WA           

Investment:  $1,995 (incl. GST)
To take advantage of the 15% early bird discount – payment of $1,695 (incl. GST) will be required in full by 6 October 2014.

Click here for more information and to download a brochure

For further enquiries or to register for the Perth workshop please contact:

Tony Clitheroe on 0408 951 593 / email or

Anne Courtney on 08 9227 5746 / email

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southcare CEO 2014 Finalist in Telstra Business Women's Awards

As CEO of Southcare, a community-based organisation providing healthcare and capacity building to seniors, I recognised the need for an injection of young leaders into the not-for-profit sector. Discovering that 29 per cent of people on publicly listed boards in Australia were aged 60 years or more, I launched 'Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards" through a social innovation grant.

The program has been developed and delivered by myself and an external business partner Alicia  Curtis and has three elements:
  • Young Leaders Intensive Training Program - learning workshops, group project, networking functions, CEO mentoring, position shadowing, Board observation and traineeship opportunities. 
  • Unconventions Event Series - half day workshops for Senior Executives (e.g. CEOs and Board Directors) to discuss and review experiential and topical issues associated with leadership and governance
  • A best practice On-Line Resource Toolkit
As a result of this program, Southcare is gaining a reputation as an innovative, collaborative organisation that is leading the sector by advocating for and investing in the capacity of young leaders and improved board governance. The value and benefits include: 
  • Recognition and action within the NFP sector of the importance of engaging young leaders to achieve their organisation’s strategic aims.
  • Ongoing development of Board ready young leaders equipped with skills to take on Board and other leadership positions within the Aged Care and Community sector.
  •  NFP Boards and Committees have increased diversity of board members
  • A best practice On-line Resource Toolkit of detailed and practical resources to assist organisations and younger leaders to connect, collaborate and contribute within the sector.
  •  An innovative collaboration investment model
Collaborating with 22 other organisations, the program sees community sector leaders engaged in  getting young people involved in a sector that will expand as the population ages and availability of informal carers declines.

This initiative helps to equip leaders of the future to take on board and committee roles in the aged care and community sector.
You can get involved by sending a message of support and congratulations that will be displayed on screen at the State and Territory Gala Dinner on the 10th October.

Tuesday 7 October is the last day you can send your message.