Conference Program

Volunteering Victoria has worked with members to develop a conference program with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion.

Day 1

Thursday 23 June 2022

8.00am Day 1 Conference sign in
9.00am Welcome and Opening
Conference MC Julia Keady, The Xfactor Collective
9.30am Keynote Address
Ruby Hamad, Academic & best-selling author of ‘White Tears, Brown Scars’
10.00am Panel Discussion – More Than Good Intentions
Ruby Hamad, Academic & best-selling author
Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTQI Communities
Emily Unity, Mental health professional & software engineer
Tamsin Jowett, President of Aspergers Victoria
11.00am Morning Tea
11.30am Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Round 1)
Choose from 4 concurrent workshops and multi-presenter sessions.
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Round 2)
Choose from 4 concurrent workshops and multi-presenter sessions.
3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm The Great Debate

Topic: Volunteering should be compulsory

A regular feature of Volunteering Victoria’s state conferences – the Great Debate is back!

4.30pm Closing Keynote Address
Rhiannon Tracey, Diversity & inclusion advocate
4.50pm Wrap up
5.30pm Networking function (Optional)
Catch up over a drink and some nibbles. Entertainment by Ajak Kwai and Kanyakumar Shome.
7.00pm Event concludes

Day 2

Friday 24 June 2022

9.00am Day 2 Conference sign in
Choose from one of 2 optional Masterclasses, each limited to 40 people maximum.

Masterclass 1: Emma Gee (Members Lounge)
Topic: Bounce Higher in Resilience: Bridging the Gap through Lived Experience

Masterclass 2: Martin Cowling (Amcor Lounge)
Topic: The Urgency of Diversity: Building a New Volunteer Workforce
12.30pm Event concludes


Masterclass #1

Presenter: Emma Gee
Topic: ‘Bounce Higher in Resilience: Bridging the Gap through Lived Experience’
Location: Members Lounge

As an Occupational Therapist and Stroke Survivor, Emma aims to ultimately challenge participants to Bridge the GAP and BOUNCE Higher in their own resilience and wellbeing.  In this Masterclass, Emma will relay her journey to date, sharing her dual insights, as a therapist and patient, into developing and fostering resilience when faced with adversity. She will draw on her lived experience to highlight the importance of improving resilience.

The Masterclass will enable the participants to reflect on their own roles and ascertain areas that may impact their ability to develop their own resilience. Throughout the session, Emma will discuss her strategies for developing her physical and emotional resilience. In doing this, participants will be able to explore and apply these techniques to their own lives.

In facilitating the session, Emma will draw on her memoir Reinventing Emma to reinforce her messages.

Masterclass #2

Note: This Masterclass is now full.

Presenter: Martin Cowling
Topic: ‘The Urgency of Diversity: Building a New Volunteer Workforce’
Location: Amcor Lounge

Concern about the diversity of volunteers in organisations is significant. Do our volunteers represent our community? Should they? What barriers have we set up for particular groups of volunteers? How do we engage new volunteers whilst not alienating current volunteers or appearing naïve, tokenistic or twee?!

Using global research, this Masterclass will provide practical tips to help volunteer leaders design a volunteer strategy relevant for the 21st century.