2018 National Conference

Courage in Kindness:

Driving Change in Work and Community

16-19 September 2018 | Stamford Grand Glenelg | Adelaide

Welcome to the 2018 Anglicare Australia Conference

Anglicare Australia’s National Conference was held at the Stamford Grand in Glenelg from 16-19 September 2018, bringing together more than 250 people from across Anglicare Agencies. Our theme, Courage in Kindness: Driving Change in Work and Community, allowed us to explore our work and our mission. As Anglicare Australia Network members, we work in hundreds of communities across Australia responding to the needs of people in need of care.

The event began with the Anglicare Australia Annual General Meeting and a CEO Forum, which was addressed by The Hon Dr Gary Johns, Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. His address provided our CEOs with an important opportunity to discuss the direction of the ACNC and the future of the charity sector with Dr Johns. This was followed by a an opening service and welcome reception at St Peter's Anglican Church in Glenelg, which featured a digeridoo performance and an address by Father Andrew Mintern.

Delegates began Monday morning with a Greeting Ceremony conducted by Karl Winda Telfer, a Senior Kaurna Custodian. It featured a Yellaka dance and cultural sharing group, held on the lawn area on the beachside of the hotel. Many delegates participated by bringing a leaf or a small stick to place on the spirit fire of peace.

The conference formally began with a keynote address by Dr Rebecca Huntley. At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Dr Huntley’s address reminded us that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know. Delegates were also treated to a complementary copy of her book Still Lucky, and Dr Huntley was kind enough to sign copies for delegates. Her address helped set the scene for the conference theme of Courage in Kindness.

Other keynote speakers included Kate Hillman, Professor John Pollaers, Associate Professor Lorna Hallahan, David Pearson, Associate Professor Alwin Chong, and Debra Saffrey-Collins who delivered the John Roffey Lecture. Many touched on the same themes of courage, kindness, and how we work together to advance our mission. More information on our keynote speakers is available in the Anglicare Australia Conference Program.

More than 40 workshops were offered over the three day period, and evaluations noted that some of these were so well-prepared and thorough that they could have been standalone keynote addresses in themselves. The workshops explored how Anglicare Australia Network members work towards our shared goals, how we collaborate to improve our work, and how we support each other as we advance our mission. Many of these are available to download here, along with the keynote presentations.

The conference was closed with a dance performance by the Dusty Feet Mob. Dusty Feet Mob is an Aboriginal dance group from Port Augusta, South Australia aged between six and thirty-one years. Their performance was deeply moving, and many delegates told us that they found themselves in tears.

We thank all of our delegates and speakers for helping make the conference a success. As Father Stuart Soley in his final blessing, “consider how you will hold fast to what is good. Take home thoughts and wisdom shared and use them to work with courage and kindness.”

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