Not for Profit People 2020

Cire’s vision to enhance capabilities is demonstrated both inside and outside our service, extending to our employee group as well as to the community. We invest in the development of our employees so they can provide high quality support to our clients and truly make a difference!

On the 24th and 25th of February, the senior members of our People and Quality team (Melanie, Katiana and Napoleon) attended the Ethical Jobs Not for Profit People Conference. The conference was run at the Melbourne Convention Centre with a sustainable and ethical approach, hosting a diverse range of speakers for the team to learn from.

Focused primarily on the Human Resources area of the not for profit – or profit for purpose – space, there were also a number of CEO’s in attendance, demonstrating the important of people and culture. Workshops and talks centred around Health and Wellbeing, Leadership, People and Organisational Strategy, Strengthening HR and Recruitment.

The team heard from some amazing speakers, such as Cassandra Hutton from St Vincent de Paul Society, who spoke on creating powerful moments to engage and mobilise people. Katiana engaged with Kristen Ramsey from Caxton Legal Centre and HR Law, and Amna Karra-Hassan blew Melanie’s mind in a powerful and dynamic session that bucked all the trends.

Keynote speaker Craig Davis from Sendle had the team thinking about the future and how harnessing human potential will be so vital. Sarah Lance from St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) engaged Melanie and Napoleon on their change journey and transformation…Which, as we all know, never ends!

Kon Karapanigiotidis from Asylum Seeker Resource Centre ended the conference with a passionate and personal speech on his journey, the centre and how he has grown his team.

A range of providers manned their stands and offered exciting products and solutions. We had some great conversations and a meeting has already been set up through a timely connection!

Not just talking the talk, the conference was ethical in its entirety. All of the food at the event was vegetarian and lanyards were sourced from The Welcome House, who support young women trafficked into the sex industry in Cebu. Conference bags were from Boomerang Bags, who focus on reducing plastic bags by up-cycling second hand material into new bags.

Since returning to the office, the team has already put some changes into action – small to start but with some big plans ahead:

  • Utilising a Boardroom space for a staff break out area (when not being used of course!)
  • Practicing 5 minute guided meditations on a Monday morning
  • Keeping each other accountable in our healthy living goals

We appreciate the opportunity to attend the conference and we’re excited to continue implementing positive changes!

Thank you to our Senior Manager of People and Culture, Mel Fisher, for penning this blog for us to enjoy.

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