Date: 28 August 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted our Alumni events to a webinar format. This proved to be a great way for Alumni to continue engaging with us and each other in a safe way.

In late July, our Alumni participated in a webinar with Dr James Muecke AM, 2020 Australian of the Year and co-founder of Sight For All, a not-for-profit dedicated to creating a world where everyone can see.

Dr Muecke spoke about how adventure and innovation are key factors in social entrepreneurship, which he defined as innovating to provide a sustainable solution to a social problem. And adventure in particular is key! Dr Muecke told the story of working as an ophthalmologist in Kenya, being captured by rebel soldiers in Uganda, and surviving both malaria and dysentery.

All of these experiences gave Dr Muecke a background in finding innovative solutions, which he continues to apply in Sight For All. Thank you for your insights Dr Muecke, and thank you Auspire - Australia Day Council WA for helping us organise this webinar.

On 11 August, Lois Keay-Smith, founder of Career Wisdom, ran a webinar focusing on career development. Lois spoke about how to properly identify your skills, how working has changed, and the importance of nurturing your network. All vital information, given how fast the world is changing. Lois is an Alumna of the 2012 Signature Leadership Program.

And on 28 August, we had our first in-person Alumni event in months! Our Alumni took an insightful and interesting tour of Fremantle Prison, and learnt about the importance of storytelling and heritage from 2009 Signature Alumna Paula Nelson, Director of Fremantle Prison.

Alumni also saw a fantastic display of artwork done by current prisoners called “Insider Art: Winter”, which is a collaboration between Fremantle Prison and the WA Department of Justice.

Thanks to Paula and Gail McGowan, Leadership WA Board Director and Director-General of Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for hosting this experience.