Liz Bonner: Cloverdale Community Centre.

“We need to be creative, be like explorers, and adventure through life until our passion or passions are discovered. I get to create a community environment that encourages people to find theirs, what a job!”

Liz Bonner is the Manager of Cloverdale Community Centre in Corio, Geelong. Cloverdale is one of 400 Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria that provide an inclusive space for community to connect, learn and feel supported. It’s a place where locals can contribute to, and participate in, community-led programs and recreational activities, as well as gain new skills.

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Art under Covid Skies, Youth Panel Discussion.

“Art Under Covid Skies” A youth panel discussion about art and the Coronavirus lockdown hosted by Kuranda Seyit. View the discussion with four young amazing artists from different walks of life. Available to view on the Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020 playlist on our YouTube. Sunday Oct 11th.

They link the importance of their art to helping with a positive Mental Health outlook and talk about how their art has helped them get through these challenging times. Be entertained by this thought-provoking youth panel – a comedian, spoken word artist, playwright and Children’s Book Author.

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What do you love about the Geelong region?

What do you love about the Geelong region? I love our amazing community who have pitched in to create and supply inspiring videos for our Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020. We have videos from the region’s creatives, artists, musicians, changemakers and community groups. All coming to you for free on our Humans in Geelong YouTube Sunday 11th October and ongoing. This will be a wonderful digital resource for Geelong and region. Videos are diverse, informative, short, snappy and fun.

The Bethany Superhero Awards for Primary Students will be announced. There will be a Youth Panel ‘Art Under Covid Skies’ led by Kuranda Seyit. A message from @PrincessAspien, Geelong Cats and many more.

There will be welcomes from Andy Meddick MP who is going to speak on transgender, the environment and community. Christine Couzens MP, Martin Cutter the CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin Uni VC Prof Iain Martin will also speak. Prof Steven Moylan of Barwon Health welcomes us to Mental Health Month and gives a much needed wellness message.

Make sure you register (free takes 2 mins) on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link to the Welcome to Country by Corrina Eccles. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/humans-in-geelong-online-expo-2020-tickets-119716534377

All of this is being brought to you by an amazing, dedicated team of volunteers.

Videography: team member Hadeel Al-badran @hs.stories.photography

Jacklyn Foster, artist.

“I never began painting with the intention for monetary value, but with the premise of trust your gut and your heart, and magic will ensue.”

With her own blog, YouTube series and several successful art exhibitions, Jacklyn Foster is truly a Geelong next-gen artist.  Her passion is painting, creating abstract visual delights with acrylic paint on canvas.  But her talents have recently piqued the interest of businesses keen to commission her designs for other projects such as larger scale murals to beautify tired buildings, and enliven the style of yoga mats!

Jacklyn’s story is one to consider, especially for those of us who may have got side-tracked in life, or followed someone else’s idea of success, either deliberately, or unconsciously, setting aside our passions. 

Growing up in Mildura, Jacklyn was DUX of Visual Communication, Studio Arts and Art at high school, so it seemed an obvious choice to move to Geelong and study Occupational Therapy, right? Amazingly, despite her natural artistic talents, this is exactly what she did!

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Talking Online Expo on The Pulse, 94.7fm.

Talking Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020 with Mitch Dye on the Pulse 94.7fm. We have video clips from the region’s creatives, artists, musicians, community groups and amazing individuals. All coming to you for free on our YouTube Sunday 11th October and ongoing. This will be a wonderful digital resource for Geelong and region. Videos are diverse, short, snappy and fun.

The Bethany Superhero Awards for Primary Students will be announced. There will be a Youth Panel led by Kuranda Seyit of FAIR, Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations, working title “Art Under Covid Skies”.

Their will be welcomes from Andy Meddick MP who is going to speak on transgender, the environment and community. Christine Couzens MP, Martin Cutter the CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin Uni VC Prof Iain Martin will also speak. Prof Steven Moylan of Barwon Health welcomes us to Mental Health Month.

Make sure you register (free takes 2 mins) on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link to the Welcome to Country by Corrina Eccles. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/humans-in-geelong-online-expo-2020-tickets-119716534377

Link to interview: https://mitchellsfrontpage.com/humans-in-geelong-expo-goes-virtual-for-2020/

Sustainable House Day 2020.

Geelong Sustainability has embraced digital technologies for this year’s Sustainable House Day. Over three weekends there will be zoominars of live virtual sustainable house presentations and Q&A sessions with homeowners and sustainability experts (October 10 & 11) and the following two Saturdays (Oct 24 & 31) log into 40 speed dates via Zoom where people can get advice from a range of subject matter experts. For more information and to register go to the SHD website.

Their Sustainable House Day video is an example of one of the videos that will feature in the Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020 on Sunday October 11th on our YouTube. Watch then or watch later.

Photographer, Adam Stan.

In 2016, Adam Stan was two years into his new-found passion for photography, when he came across a vast artwork etched into the sand at Barwon Heads. When he viewed photos taken of the swirling sand art from his drone camera, he was blown away.

“I posted the photo on an Ocean Grove community page and asked if anybody knew about it,” Adam says.

The artist, Ed, from @Breathablueocean, made contact with Adam. It was the first time Ed had seen his elaborate sand art from the air.

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Atman.

Hey everyone! Atman is a mental health brand co-founded by two 17 year olds in Geelong, Lewis Taranto and Kyle Jdali. They want to help as many people as they can, particularly teenagers. They are excited to be able to start doing motivational talks once allowed!

They have recently launched a fundraiser for Headspace Geelong. It will be a 24-hour live stream on their Instagram account (@atman.au) on Saturday 3rd October. Once certain donation milestones are reached, Lewis and Kyle will be doing specified challenges on the live stream which include dying their hair pink, shaving their eyebrows (they don’t grow back guys) and drinking disgusting blended drinks.

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Billy-Jay (BJ) O’Toole.

Australia possesses people of multicultural backgrounds: ethnic and indigenous Aboriginal.  We live on Aboriginal land and it is important to recognise the land’s traditional owners and to learn from them.

  • Did you know that Djillong, the original name of Geelong, means ‘a tongue of land’?
  • Do you believe in the connection between nature and people?

Bruce Pascoe writes in his book Dark Emu:

In 2012 I met Brad Steadman, an elder from Brewarrina, who told me this traditional story; ‘Bunggula, the sooty Grunter (bream), grunts when taken out of water. The spines on its back are the spears flung by the old man, Baiame, who hunted him in the waterhole. The fish escaped, and as he flashed his tail he made a channel which filled with water to make the river. But the country dried out, the kangaroos went away, the plants dried, and there was a big drought. The old man came back with his dogs and his sons, and said the drought was because the people didn’t know the law or the names of the rivers. He told them the songs to sing and the dances to dance so the rain would fall again and things would be as they are today.’

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