Julie McCrossin

23/8/2011

 
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These days I feel like my vocation in life is to help people listen deeply to each other and then pause and think before making a judgment. My totems are the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo with its eerie, mournful wail and the Sulpher Crested Cockatoo with its raucous, anarchic screech that makes me laugh. My life and work are a mixture of both.

Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin gets people talking. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio, ABC TV and Network 10, she is now a freelance journalist, facilitator, trainer and speaker. Julie is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice. Julie has qualifications in the arts, law and education. Yet her most valuable skills are her capacity for listening, empathy and playful fun. In her work, Julie asks questions and really listen to the answers. Her professional and voluntary work predominantly involves very sensitive and complex subjects, like suicide prevention, child protection, family law, palliative care and mental health. People initially think it must all be so grim, but Julie finds that gentle fun is as important as the serious reflection. Her background in comedy and children’s theatre helps her unleash the joy in others and encourage them to have a voice.  
http://www.frans.com.au/
http://www.napcan.org.au/
http://www.glhv.org.au/
http://www.hollows.org/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Kerri-Ann Nattrass

20/7/2011

 
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 I basically love my job and want the kids to know that someone out there in this world gives a crap about them and wants to help them succeed throughout their tough adolescent years.

Kerri-Ann Nattrass

Making contact with homeless and at-risk young people on the streets to let them know someone cares is just part of what Kerri-Ann does to help break the cycle of crime, abuse and poverty for those who are entrenched in homelessness, prostitution and drug addiction. Kerri-Ann will keep an eye on where they are living, help them look for a job, help write their CV, guide them through their interview process, and drive them to and from work for the first week - no matter what the hour may be - to establish a routine and to install confidence within themselves. These simple steps help long term unemployed young people build skills, overcome fears, and broaden their perceptions of what they can achieve.

http://salvos.org.au/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location, Redfern, Sydney

Jan Hatch

18/7/2011

 
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 I accompanied a very special friend during the last hours of her life when she
died of pancreatic cancer in 1985. It was a life changing experience for me
and for years I have wanted to use that experience to help others. Working as
a volunteer mentor with LifeCircle has finally made that possible.

Jan Hatch

Certain topics of conversation are difficult to broach. In Western culture dying and death are among the most distressing. Though discussing important issues with a loved one who is dying is not an easy task, it is essential for everyone involved. Jan, as a volunteer mentor at LifeCircle and a member of the Board of Directors, supports people through this very difficult and emotional time. As a mentor, she contacts the family regularly, offering information, understanding and guidance. Jan focuses on the process and realities of caring for a loved one who is dying to help the person dying, their carer, family and friends to make the most of their final weeks and days together. The broader goal of LifeCircle is to enable all of us to experience dying as a natural part of life; to help us understand the importance of living right up to the moment of death; and to facilitate the conversations we all need to have with our loved ones and our communities about how and where we wish to die.

http://www.lifecircle.org.au/


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney