Friday, December 25, 2015

Ending the Year on a High

I realise I don't write about much on here any more and as such my readership has dwindled dramatically. However, if you do read this please feel free to share and spread the news that I will be making my breakthrough delivery of professional development at the Inspired EC Unwrapping Conference in April next year. To find out more information click here and you will also see my name amongst the workshop presenters.

If you are planning on going to this conference I would love to see you at my workshop where we will engage in a discussion about the power of the words we choose to use and not use with children, families, colleagues and the community. I am sure it will be an eye opener and I look forward to learning from others as well as them learning from me.

I hope your 2015 lived up to your expectations and if not that 2016 serves you better.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Standing Side By Side with the The Royal Children's Hospital

Well hello, it has been a while. I do not plan on writing in here often, but something has occurred that I felt compelled to write about.

The staff at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne have united in their stance to prevent children brought to them from detention centres from being returned there, even though it contravenes the recent 'Border Force Act', a law that does nothing to protect the most vulnerable people of this world.

It is a wonderful thing these professionals are doing, but as Liam McNicholas states in his latest blog post, "This is what advocacy looks like" we should not let them make this stance alone. Liam states that the organisation that the works for has already released a statement in support. To read it click here.

What I ask you now is to ask you organisation what they plan to do. Will they sit back and let this ride out or will they stand side by side with our health colleagues against this sever human rights injustice? Even a simple pledge of support and allegiance is a start. However, I am sure there are organisations out there which would be ale to do much more.

I would hate to pre-empt any possible action by the organisation I work for so I won't name them yet. I would much rather give them the opportunity to make good on their word that they are in the process of responding to these circumstances. That is from the CEO themselves too.

This is not a fight the health workers at RCN can or should have on their own. Will you join me and other advocates for children in condemning the Australian Federal Government and supporting the brave men and women who took a stance against this heinous law to begin with?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Adam Buckingham

The man who's name appears in the title was one of the greatest advocates for young children and for men who choose to work with them. I am struggling to find adequate words to describe what I am feeling, but will try anyway.

For those who didn't know Adam has passed away and he leaves a wonderful legacy behind. I know him best for his work with the ecmenz group in New Zealand. They host an annual Men in Early Childhood Education Summit and Adam invited me to be their guest last year. Unfortunately I had to decline as I couldn't make it and now I am regretting it as I will never have the opportunity to meet this very special man in person.

While I knew Adam best for his work with the ecmenz organisation, I later became aware of his tireless efforts at introducing sustainability to young children's lives, including writing a book titled 'Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children'.


 
Adam worked tirelessly to ensure he left the children he was with in a better world then when they started and I believe he achieved that, if for no other reason then they got to experience life with him.

I didn't know him as well as others and therefore I cannot share loads of facts about his life without first looking it up and that would not be authentic or do him justice. What I will say though is that the global Early Childhood profession is much poorer for his passing. I would also like to add that I often wonder if I am actually making a difference to how men who work with young children are perceived or in encouraging more guys into the field. What I do know is that Adam did and if I can achieve half of what he did then my life will have been deemed a success.

Rest In Peace buddy and keep a watchful eye on us from time to time.