ADDRESS

79B Scarborough St

Southport QLD 4215

PHONE

07 5571 0381

FAX

07 5571 0334

EMAIL

reception@mfo.org.au

LEADERS OF POSITIVE CHANGE

The Leaders of Positive Change are aiming to reduce all kinds of violence and bring about greater appreciation and acceptance of others we may perceive ad being different to us.

 

With the attention on the Commonwealth Games gone, we can now start to focus on inviting all of you, different communities and groups, to become part of The Leaders of Positive Change.

On the 8th of March MFO organised the latest Leaders of Positive Change dinner and most of the attendees signed the Pledge stating that “I am willing to be part of the Leaders of Positive Change process and dedicated to help bring about Cohesion and Well-Being”.

We have now started to contact all the pledge signees, and if you have not heard from us yet and are keen and interested to become part of this vital community process focusing on achieving positive change in how we interact with each other, please give us a call.

UPDATE ON THE LEADERS OF POSITIVE CHANGE

MFO is taking a strong stand against all kinds of violence and abuse. Working to initiate and motivate positive changes is a major commitment for us, and it influences all our work. 

 

Since the beginning of 2016 MFO has organised conferences and facilitated dialogues with the intention to encourage individuals and groups to join in becoming Leaders of Positive Change.

 

The aim is to motivate the whole community to become involved and grow into a powerful influencer in changing discriminating attitudes and abusive behaviour based on gender, faith, race, or culture. 

 

As we motivate and guide the community process Leaders of Positive Change, our aim for 2018 is to have a greater number of community members becoming influential Leaders of Positive Change and actively promote acceptance and inclusion of others.

It is a call to unite our resources and combine our unique expertise to initiate an ongoing community owned process to work on achieving the positive interactions we all would like to experience. As a community we have the power to influence and motivate this process and the intuitive understanding of the effective strategies needed to develop and support it.

Leaders of Positive Change is a coming together to achieve cohesion and change what may interfere with our well-being and future prosperity. MFO will lead and support the establishing of strategic Focus Groups and Friend’s Friends Network within the different communities and continue to motivate and support this major and vital community process.

The intention is to hold a series of summits starting with a local Gold Coast Summit 2018, to share and further the continuous process of achieving an inclusive and cohesive Gold Coast community.

We aim to organise a National Summit 2019 to motivate new communities to become part of the process and to connect communities over the state borders.

Our ambition is to hold the first International Summit 2020, as so many countries are experiencing the huge challenges of managing a great influx of refugees and to promote acceptance and peaceful coexistence.

LEADERS OF POSITIVE CHANGE

LEADERS OF POSITIVE CHANGE DINNERS

In November 2017 MFO held the first Leaders of Positive Change dinner to start a dialogue about how we can come together to reduce all kinds of violence. This dinner was very well attended and held in partnership with The Commonwealth Games Embracing 2018.

Greatly encouraged by the Commonwealth Games and MAQ, MFO organised the second Leaders of Positive Change dinner in March this year. The event brought together over 80 different communities to voice their unity against violence in all its forms.  

MFO’s aim is to guide a community driven process to achieve positive changes to the way we interact with each other. As this is of major concern to all of us, we aspire to guide and develop a regional process to become national. During the coming years our intention is to establish an international network of Leaders of Positive Change and bring together and share our expertise and experiences in an International Summit held on the Gold Coast.

LEADERS OF POSITIVE CHANGE COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

MFO's first Leaders of Positive Change dialogue were with students at the Southport TAFE. Placed into small focus groups, participants from culturally diverse backgrounds voiced their concerns about abusive attitudes and told about their personal experiences of being harassed, because of their cultural heritage and/or religious beliefs.

Their voice, along with the voices of hundreds of others that have participated in our community dialogues, has inspired and helped shape the Leader for Positive Change project, a process owned and driven by the community and motivated, supported and guided by MFO.

LEADERS OF POSITIVE CHANGE CONFERENCE

DINNER AT THE COOMERA COMMUNITY CENTRE ON 27th JUNE 2018

 

Come Together, Unite our Nations, Reduce all forms of Violence by Promoting Respectful Interactions was an invitation to the communities of the Five Nations of NZ Maori, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Cook Island.

 

More than 150 people attended the evening, confirming that now is the time to start evaluating behaviour and attitudes that have a negative effect on our daily life, and educate and communicate about the changes that will positively influence our future.

 

The evening brought together elders and leaders from the five nations, high ranking representatives from the Queensland Police Services and service providers to be part of an open dialogue about the specific issues affecting these communities and possible strategies to support change.

 

Very powerful and appreciated was when former NRL players Sione Faumuina and Clinton Toopi shared their personal stories about positive change.

 

This Leaders of Positive Change coming together was initiated by Vicky Rose from the Nerang Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with MFO and in association with the QPS Cross Cultural Liaison Unit GC.

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

We need your feedback on What you feel are the major concerning issue(s) within the community? To provide feedback, please cut and paste the questions below into a blank email and rate each issue according to how common it is and please forward to: lillan@mfo.org.au 

Scale of rating:           Not Affected at all  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  Very much Affected

 

DISRESPECT because of Gender, Culture, Religion, Race within the community

 

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UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE within the community

 

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DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE within the community

 

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BULLYING AND HARASSMENT within the community

 

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Do you feel there is willingness to work on changing these issues?

 

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MAKE A COMMUNITY PLEDGE

We also invite you to be part of this community pledge.

Please email your name and contact details to us, and we will get in touch with you and find out in what way you would like to be actively involved with Leaders of Positive Change.