GAF Alumni Event: Leading with Connections

We're very excited to announce that this year we will be holding a special event for our current scholars, fellows and alumni.

The event will take place on Thursday July 27 at the State Library of Victoria, from 5pm to 7pm, and promises to be a fantastic opportunity for members of the GAF community to meet and connect.

The event will feature a live panel discussion in which we'll be exploring the value of connections, in terms of networking, building communities, as well as connecting ideas and people in unexpected and innovative ways. We'll be asking our panelists for their insights into taking the lead and being creative when it comes to doing what you love and making a difference. You can read more about our panelists below.

Bec Scott, CEO of STREAT

BecScott headshot cropIn another life, Bec Scott was a Science Communicator for the CSIRO, where she worked for a decade and held roles including Manager of Internal Communications and Acting Director of Communications. Now Bec is now best known as the founder and CEO of STREAT.

Last year STREAT opened the doors to its latest and biggest venture, Cromwell STREAT, which houses a bakery, roastery and restaurant, as well as a training academy where young people receive full life-skills support and train to become baristas, chefs and bakers. Bec is passionate about social enterprise, dreaming big and getting things done! You can read more about Bec here.

Vicki Abraham, ISSI GAF Fellow Alumnus

Vicki Abraham sq cropVicki was inspired to become an occupational therapist after experiencing an illness as a teenager that affected her entire lifestyle. After being told by a number of medical professionals she should not return to school and would be limited to a life on the couch, Vicki was determined to prove them wrong. Not only did Vicki recover, she went on to dedicate herself to helping others live their lives to their fullest potential.

As an occupational therapist, Vicki has worked in a hospital setting, as a private therapist providing in-home treatment for patients, and has founded her own practice. In 2013 Vicki received a GAF fellowship through the International Specialized Skills Institute, to research Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy and the use of robotic/computer assistive technology in upper limb therapy. Vicki also helped drive the establishment of, and currently runs, the alumni program at the International Specialized Skills Institute as their alumni director. You can read here for more on Vicki and the results of her fellowship.

Cassie Cohen, RMIT GAF Scholar Alumnus

Cassandra Cohen1 cropCassie received a George Alexander Foundation scholarship while she was studying a Bachelor of Communications (Professional Communications) at RMIT University. Cassie took full advantage of the extra time afforded by her scholarship, interning at organisations including the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet in Canberra, the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme and the Australian Embassy in Nepal. In 2016, she travelled to Ecuador to represent Australia as a youth delegate at the UN Habitat III conference on sustainable urban development.

Cassie is also passionate about social justice causes and endurance challenges, and last year she initiated the first ever annual Neverest Challenge event in Melbourne as a fundraiser for the Australian Himalayan Foundation, for whom she went on to volunteer with in Nepal for a month over summer. Cassie graduated last year, and has now moved to Canberra to take up a position with the DFAT innovationXchange, a role she was offered in part thanks to making some valuable connections at the embassy in Nepal.

Donate The scholars and fellows supported through the GAF-funded programs are committed to their studies, to giving back to the community and to doing their utmost to uphold the investment that has been made in them. If you would like to invest in the education of some talented and dedicated young Australians, please make a tax-deductible donation online by clicking on Donate or contact us on 03 9650 3188 for other options.

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