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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
UNNECESSARY VIOLENCE within the community
DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE within the community
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT within the community
Do you feel there is willingness to work on changing these issues?
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.