Keynote speakers

Aunty Pam Pedersen

Yorta Yorta woman and an Elder of the Victorian Aboriginal community

Dr. Jenny Horsman

Community-based researcher and educator, Canada

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker

Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Canada

Aunty Pam Pedersen

Yorta Yorta woman and an Elder of the Victorian Aboriginal community

Aunty Pam Pedersen

Aunty Pam Pedersen

Aunty Pam is a Yorta Yorta woman and an Elder of the Victorian Aboriginal community. She is the daughter of Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Nicholls who fought for the struggle of all Aboriginal people.

Aunty Pam is a very active woman taking part in many community events as well as being on various committees.  Her passion is working for her people and is employed by Berry Street Shepparton and Jesuit Social Services working with young people and their families who have come in contact with the criminal justice system as well as working in a capacity building role.

Aunty Pam is an Elder sitting on the various Koorie Courts in Melbourne a position which she has held since 2005.  She is also a Community Member of the Adult Parole Board of Melbourne.

Aunty Pam at the age of 50 years started looking at herself and her health by walking to send out a message to other Aboriginal people that they need to take care of their health through regular exercise and healthy diets.

She is a keen sportsperson and a role model and an inspiration to all who know her. Aunty Pam has represented Victoria and World Masters Games in many sporting activities such as swimming, running half marathons, triathlons, open water swimming and yachting events.

Her achievements are –

  • Victorian Honour  Roll of Women 2018
  • Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll 2016
  • Australia Day – Federal Award
  • 2005 NAIDOC National Sportsperson of the Year
  • Taking part in the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games as well as a participant in the Baton Relay
  • Winner Melbourne to Devonport Yacht Race 1996
  • World and Australian Masters Swimming 2002, 2005
  • Victorian and Gold Coast Half Marathons 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Gatorade Triathlon series 2003-2004,  2004 -2005
  • Koorie Women Mean Business Awards 1997, 2002 and 2004

Aunty Pam holds positions as a –

  • Former Board member of the Aborigines Advancement League
  • Children’s Koorie Court Reference Group
  • County Koorie Court of Victoria Reference Group
  • Tarwirri Elders and Respected Panel
  • Worowa Aboriginal Girls College – Healesville
  • Ambassador for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation
  • Carlton Football Club Advisory Board Member for the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
  • Long Walk Board
  • Australian Football League (AFL)  working committee for the Sir Doug Nicholls round

A quote which Aunty Pam says is –

Age is no barrier – “If you dream it – you can achieve it”

Dr. Jenny Horsman

Community-based researcher and educator, Canada

Dr Jenny Horsman

Dr Jenny Horsman

Jenny will be in Melbourne as keynote speaker for the Australian Council for Adult Literacy’s annual conference September 13th and 14th 2018. She is interested in travelling anywhere in Australia, and beyond in the region, during September/October to collaborate with educators of adults and children, counsellors, shelter workers, administrators, and others working in formal and informal educational settings. Jenny is passionate about addressing the impact of violence on learning, and eager to share more than 30 years of research, study, and innovative practice in this area. She is delighted to be returning to Australia for the third time, and looks forward to connecting and sharing knowledge with others with experience addressing this issue, and those interested in exploring the possibilities for the first time.

Jenny offers presentations, workshops, and consultations, face-to-face and online. She values combinations of face-to-face and online work, to create continuity and support those addressing this issue, as they meet the inevitable challenges of changing systems, hearts, and minds! She has seen that working with full staff teams from large and small organizations, can make a profound impact. She likes to engage support staff, janitors, principals, and everyone else in a setting, as well as those more usually viewed as educators, in understanding the neuroscience, and exploring the challenges in their day-to-day work. She has learnt that every interaction teaches, the key question is will it teach students they/we cannot learn, don’t belong, or support long-term educational success, and the changes students dream of making in their lives?

Jenny is a community-based researcher and educator. She has developed curriculum, conducted training, delivered workshops and lectures in many parts of the world, and participated in consultations and juries for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Her passionate focus since the early 90s has been the impact of violence on learning at all ages, in all settings, and the ways educational interactions would change if we all acknowledged and addressed these impacts. She has written extensively on literacy and pedagogy, and violence and learning, including the books Something in my Mind Besides the Everyday, Too Scared to Learn, and several manuals including: Take on the Challenge. She is also an avid cyclist, “upcycler”, and gardener, growing and nurturing community, chosen family, and the earth.

Too often difficult behaviour frustrates educators and students and makes educational success and personal change elusive. But Jenny has seen that turning towards the “hard stuff,” and understanding the survival based underpinnings of such behaviour, can lead to transformation, and more success than we often dream might be possible.

Jenny’s website

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker

Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Canada

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker

Dr. Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker

Darlene will be in Melbourne as a keynote speaker for the Australian Council for Adult Literacy’s annual conference September 13th and 14th 2018.

Her focus on narrative inquiry methodology is mirrored by her deeply felt commitment to literacy, critical literacy, and narratives of experience as they apply to equity and inclusive education in school systems.

During her tenure, Darlene has completed two major research projects which spanned over many years on students and families affected by poverty, and educators who work in elementary school communities affected by poverty across southern, western, eastern and northern Ontario.

Her current area of narrative inquiry study has its focus on social justice, equity, and well-being in secondary school systems and post-secondary teacher education. Her current research program brings together two large school systems, community organizations across southern Ontario, parents, high school and university students, educators, administrators, and advisory members in the formation of a Youth Strategy Collaborative Network. Its focus is on the development of an interactive research-informed and practice-based human rights strategy that is guided by some foregrounding principles: changing mindset; shifting practices for learning and leading; fostering youth voice, parent engagement, and community access.

Darlene is interested in extending her visit in Australia to collaborate with educators of adults and children, counsellors, parent groups, administrators, and others working in formal and informal educational settings. In Canada, she is frequently invited to speak to various organizations including: District School Boards, Research Panels/Partnerships, Ontario College of Teachers, Principal Associations, Canadian Women’s University Council, Child Youth Network, and the community at large in Canada and internationally.

Darlene’s University web page