Climate crusader advocates global change

20/06/2023 By Carmelle Wilkinson

Curtin graduate Sandy Chong

Dr Sandy Chong.

Philanthropist, businesswoman and educator Dr Sandy Chong is a global changemaker on a mission.

Armed with a passion for education and dreams of equality, the Curtin Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Marketing and PhD Information Systems graduate, is making meaningful impact as a climate crusader and lead strategist.

Through her business and philanthropic ventures, Sandy is a formidable force, campaigning for change and paving the way for a better tomorrow.

Born in Singapore, she migrated to Australia in 1995 with optimism and hope.

“I was fortunate to have a great father. He always encouraged me to strive for the best. But I knew deep down at the time that the options for my life were very limited if I stayed in Singapore,’’ she said.

“Growing up in Singapore, I had to work really hard to get scholarships at every stage of schooling to continue my primary and secondary studies.

“I was very fortunate, because I had girlfriends from high school whose families could only afford to send one child to university, and they would send the brothers instead.

“These stories have always stayed with me, and I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to come to this country and be afforded an education.”

Sandy Chong speaking at her Curtin graduation

Sandy said an education allowed her to become a changemaker.

Today, Sandy is founder of Verity Consulting, an award-winning consultancy specialising in international growth and strategic communication and uses her voice and leadership expertise on various boards to champion sustainability and embrace diversity and equality.

Winner of Asia’s Top Sustainability Woman of the Year Award, Sandy also enjoys sharing her knowledge with young people through her promotion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in her capacity as President of the UN Association of WA.

“When it all comes down to it, our planet is everyone’s responsibility, no matter your situation,’’ she said.

“I think it’s naive to think that we are in one boat, and as long as our boat is afloat, everything be fine.

“We’re all in the same boat, whether you’re from Africa, Asia or Australia. And we need to work together to protect our future.”

As Asia’s Top Sustainability Woman of the Year, what responsibility do you feel personally in advocating for change and creating global impact?

Curtin graduate Sandy Chong at the United Nations

Sandy at a UN conference in Geneva.

I do my best to help the WA state and local governments promote the values of the SDGs.

I’m most proud of the fact that we have also now gone beyond the activism space and into the public and private sectors successfully in the last three years.

Currently, we are engaging with organisations like BHP, Synergy and superannuation companies and even sporting organisations like the West Coast Eagles and Special Olympics Australia, to raise awareness of the UN SDG goals.

We say to them, “look, we need to make a better impact in the world and we need to start defining what leadership should look like in the business sector.”

Australia is at this interesting crossroads right now. We can already see how some countries are leading in terms of SDG ranking when it comes to closing the gap in equality, addressing climate change or providing opportunities for less fortunate communities.

We just need to continue doing more so we that can meet the SDG targets by 2030.

Things are changing. It’s a bit slow and of course we were all set back by the COVID crisis, but therein lies an opportunity too.

We are a lot more sensitive now about the environment, mental health and the disparity between the wealthy and less privileged.

As leaders, it is incumbent on us to actually do something to close these gaps.

Curtin’s new degree – Planet Positive, will equip students with the necessary skills to positively drive change in their future careers. Why is it important to upscale skills in sustainability?

Curtin graduate Sandy Chong with a student

Sandy encourages students to upscale their skills and get involved in the climate conversation.

Education is the silver bullet which can lead to greater understanding and knowledge.

It’s essential to upscale our skills in this space, because if you don’t pivot, you might be out of a job.

The benefits of initiatives like Planet Positive on our youth and ultimately our world is huge.

For one, the youth nowadays are much more aware and a lot more educated about sustainability, peace, and equality than my generation. And they want it, they’re hungry for it.

I think it’s essential that our future generation and future leaders are fully equipped to make responsible business decisions.

I also think it’s important to empower them and encourage them, to have access to these tools so that when they do go into the industry, they know how to contribute to society.

We have this responsibility as educators of not just educating our young people but giving them inspiration.

Allowing them to stretch their imagination and come out with solutions that will impact the world.

It’s wonderful that Curtin is leading the way and equipping our young people with the skills they need to transition into the next economy.

In your experience as an educator and businesswoman, how have climate change conversations changed over the past few years?

While it may be a slow burn, we are definitely a lot more sensitive now to climate change, than ever before.

Yes, there is still some climate denial, but it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore, especially when it’s happening in our own backyard.

Long droughts, terrible bushfires and unexpected rainfall and flooding, are destroying our crops and affecting lives.

Covid was a reset.

A reset for the earth and for people and we are starting to really appreciate what we have around us.

It’s not going to be there forever if we don’t protect it.

Nature needs time to rest, and nature needs us to conserve it.

Curtin graduate Sandy Chong at the United Nations

Sandy believes change happens when everyone comes together to find solutions.

Was there a particular moment of clarity in your life when you decided to become a sustainability and equality champion?

I think there were many moments to be honest.

There’s been a series of things happening in my life that got me really interested.

Firstly, living in many different countries like Japan and Germany in my early adult life had great impact.

It was fascinating to see how the Germans and Europeans were very aware of environment protection since the 80s and 90s.

And the way the Japanese live their lives, in regard to making sure that nothing is wasted, and everything is clean and efficient really inspired me.

I also think growing up in Asia with grandparents who were not wealthy and who experienced war gave me a different perspective.

They were not wasteful. Nothing got tossed away and if something broke, they would repair it, instead of buying a replacement.

About 15 years ago I attended a friend’s wedding in Thailand on the same island made famous by the movie The Beach and I was horrified with what I saw.

The beautiful cove was packed with petrol boats and there were about 50 metres of plastic bottles floating offshore, it was shocking.

As someone who juggles quite a lot on their plate, what inspires and motivates you to give so generously of your time?

A young Sandy Chong with her father

Sandy as a young child with her father in Singapore.

As a military man, my father educated me at a very young age to give back.

He always wanted me to serve as a politician, but I truly didn’t have the stomach or inclination for it.

Having said that, I have always been interested in politics and understanding history.

I like looking at how countries work together, and I’m amazed at the things we can achieve when we all work together.

When I was little, I watched my father work really well with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and when he passed a few years ago, at his funeral, people of all colours and decree came and paid their respect.

That’s something that I really admire, and it had great influence on me in the first 25 years of my life.

In the next 25 years of my life, I was influenced by my Curtin research professor and lecturer Carl Jacob.

I benefited enormously from his patience and generosity.

When I first came to Australia, it was incredibly challenging. Even though I had learned English for the first 18 years of my life, I couldn’t understand a word because of the really strong accent.

Carl took the time to inspire me, and I am very much moulded by him professionally.

People often say if you have money, give money, but if you have time, that’s the next most precious thing.

Over the years, those I have mentored have gone on to really blossom and that gives me great fulfillment.

I love seeing young people especially women or people from disadvantaged backgrounds do better than they could ever imagine or what society ever expected them to be.

That is my greatest joy.

How can someone who isn’t an educator or advocate on climate change be planet positive?

It all comes back to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

There are 17 goals there and they aren’t all meant for country or corporations.

I’m sure most people can resonate with at least five of these goals, so there’s your starting point.

From there, it’s a case of taking the risk, reaching out and finding your tribe.

There are lots of grassroots organisations and not for profit you can get involved in, whether it’s saving our wildlife, conserving water for the future or becoming more sustainably conscious.

You can also teach your kids to do the right thing by recycling at home and inspire them to participate so they can become meaningful contributors to society.

And most importantly, hold your members of parliament accountable.

You voted for them, so tell them what matters to you. And if they don’t deliver, vote them out.

That’s a great way to exercise your rights.

We’ve reached a crossroads on our war on climate change and we can no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening around us.

With the right education and conversation, we can hopefully find solutions.

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With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years.

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet.

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

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As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack

Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack
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If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go! 

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go!

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership

Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership
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We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions: 

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇 
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community

We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions:

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community
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When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker
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What does a week in the life of an Intensive Care Unit Nurse look like? 👀🧑‍⚕️

Curtin Master of Nursing graduate Danelia Craill looks after some of our state’s sickest patients as an ICU Clinical Nurse at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Danelia is also passionate about educating our next generation of nursing graduates as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin School of Nursing.

Whether she’s caring for patients, undertaking Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training or teaching our future nurses on best practice - no two days are the same! 🩺📚

Ahead of #InternationalNursesDay this Sunday, Danelia shares a couple of days from her busy week above. 👆 

This year the Curtin School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of excellence. Update your details to reconnect and get involved in the exciting events and activities here 👉 https://shorturl.at/fnKP3

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #InternationalDayoftheNurse #IND2024 #OurNursesOurFuture #HealthSciences #ICU #Nursing #Graduates #Alumni #NursingAnniversary #Anniversary #Celebration #Milestone #Events #WAHealth

What does a week in the life of an Intensive Care Unit Nurse look like? 👀🧑‍⚕️

Curtin Master of Nursing graduate Danelia Craill looks after some of our state’s sickest patients as an ICU Clinical Nurse at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Danelia is also passionate about educating our next generation of nursing graduates as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin School of Nursing.

Whether she’s caring for patients, undertaking Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) training or teaching our future nurses on best practice - no two days are the same! 🩺📚

Ahead of #InternationalNursesDay this Sunday, Danelia shares a couple of days from her busy week above. 👆

This year the Curtin School of Nursing celebrates 50 years of excellence. Update your details to reconnect and get involved in the exciting events and activities here 👉 https://shorturl.at/fnKP3

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #InternationalDayoftheNurse #IND2024 #OurNursesOurFuture #HealthSciences #ICU #Nursing #Graduates #Alumni #NursingAnniversary #Anniversary #Celebration #Milestone #Events #WAHealth
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Generations of Curtin graduates tied together by a single thread, their shared love of giving back to the community. 💛

Lisa, Lydia, and Alison hold a legacy that extends beyond Curtin. They have built a successful physiotherapy business that enriches WA families’ lives through connection, movement, and play.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Alison and Lydia have worked alongside their mother for 12 years, sharing her passion for early intervention and helping babies and young children reach their full potential.

Recently, the duo took over their mother’s clinic, Step by Step Physiotherapy for Children - creating a legacy that spans multiple generations.
 
𝐐: 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚, 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬?
A: I am very proud of Alison and Lydia for taking on these roles. Alison has worked with me for many years now and I have seen her develop into a very competent, compassionate, and understanding Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Lydia has always shared her knowledge and understanding of the adults and children she has worked with. I’ve seen how passionate she is in her field and feel very comfortable with her stepping into the business.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬?
A: Our advice is to use this special knowledge you gain as a family to build a workplace that supports each individual and gives them a chance to flourish in the areas they love. Why is this important? Because you spend an awful lot of your life at work, so it has to be something you love!

This Mother’s Day, the trio will celebrate the special day together with their extended family, reflecting on the women in their lives who have provided motherly care. 💝💐

Discover more incredible graduate stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Generations #MothersDay #Memories #Nostalgia #HigherEducation #Family #Community #Physiotherapy #Psychology #Business #Perth

Generations of Curtin graduates tied together by a single thread, their shared love of giving back to the community. 💛

Lisa, Lydia, and Alison hold a legacy that extends beyond Curtin. They have built a successful physiotherapy business that enriches WA families’ lives through connection, movement, and play.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Alison and Lydia have worked alongside their mother for 12 years, sharing her passion for early intervention and helping babies and young children reach their full potential.

Recently, the duo took over their mother’s clinic, Step by Step Physiotherapy for Children - creating a legacy that spans multiple generations.
 
𝐐: 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚, 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬?
A: I am very proud of Alison and Lydia for taking on these roles. Alison has worked with me for many years now and I have seen her develop into a very competent, compassionate, and understanding Paediatric Physiotherapist.

Lydia has always shared her knowledge and understanding of the adults and children she has worked with. I’ve seen how passionate she is in her field and feel very comfortable with her stepping into the business.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬?
A: Our advice is to use this special knowledge you gain as a family to build a workplace that supports each individual and gives them a chance to flourish in the areas they love. Why is this important? Because you spend an awful lot of your life at work, so it has to be something you love!

This Mother’s Day, the trio will celebrate the special day together with their extended family, reflecting on the women in their lives who have provided motherly care. 💝💐

Discover more incredible graduate stories in Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Generations #MothersDay #Memories #Nostalgia #HigherEducation #Family #Community #Physiotherapy #Psychology #Business #Perth
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Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion. 

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society. 

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today! 

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff. 

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders

Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion.

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society.

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today!

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff.

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders
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