Panel: Changed forever 18 September 2019

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Supporting the launch of the Shrine’s newest travelling exhibition, Changed forever, this special evening discussion will explore how war and conflict has changed lived and helped shape Australia. This conversation will include perspectives from the veteran community, migrants and community support leaders.

Date: Wednesday 18 September, 6pm
Location: Education Centre, Shrine of Remembrance
Cost: $5, free for Shrine Friends

Speakers:
David Nyuol Vincent
David Nyuol Vincent is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He was trained as a child soldier in Ethiopia and lived as a refugee in Kenya until he was twenty-six. Since rebuilding his life here in Australia, David has become an advocate for refugees and the Sudanese community and he is a Victorian Human Rights Youth Ambassador and a People of Australia Ambassador. He also helped to set up an all-Sudanese refugee football team, the Western Tigers, in the Brimbank soccer league. David is a true humanitarian and is working towards achieving peace in Sudan.

Kellie Dadds
Kellie Dadds was born in Bendigo and joined the army in 1996. She has been deployed eight times and is an army veteran of 22 years. She is now a full-time mother with three young children. Kellie started the ‘By the Left’ campaign to broaden the public’s perception of what a veteran looks like.

Soo-Lin Quek
Soo-Lin is the Executive Manager Knowledge, Advocacy and Service Innovation at the Centre for Multicultural Youth. She has over 25 years’ experience in the community and government sectors from managing community based organisations to policy and community development work in the youth, multicultural, health, family violence, human rights and public housing sectors.
At CMY she oversees policy, research and advocacy on emerging issues for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. This includes sharing knowledge to help build a culturally competent workforce in the youth, multicultural and human services. Soo-Lin is also responsible for designing and developing new program responses to emerging youth issues.

Mathew Keene
Mathew Keene served in the Royal Australian Navy, 816 Squadron for ten years in fulltime service and then transferred to the reserves. He was deployed twice to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005. Mathew now serves as a volunteer director for the ex-service organisation Young Veterans, a movement started by mates to help veterans of recent conflicts achieve and succeed beyond active duty.

Chair:
Jean McAuslan
Jean is the Director of Access and Learning at the Shrine of Remembrance. Jean worked at the Australian War Memorial as an art curator before moving into gallery development and heading the project to redevelop the Memorial’s Orientation and Circulation galleries which opened in 1999. Since 2003, Jean has directed the Shrine’s special and regional touring exhibition programs, including Indigenous Australians at War, A History of the Shrine and Australia Will Be There, which marks the centenary of the First World War. Jean led the concept and content development for the Galleries of Remembrance opened in 2014 and was the curator of Changed forever: legacies of conflict

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