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Caring, Leading and Impacting in Turbulent Times

September 26, 2017, 8:00 am - 11:00 am



Leadership in the 21st Century is paradoxical. In the face of extraordinary social uncertainty and changes we are called up upon to lead with confidence and care.  With the advent of the NDIS, leaders face the disruption of the traditional service system, and the challenge of reframing the new environment from a challenging one to one which presents unique opportunities for innovation and growth.

In this workshop Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack consider questions of how organisations can hold strong in their vision beyond the NDIS, and cultivate the authentic relationships needed to effect change that has impact, durability and scale.

Registration includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Workshop
  • A copy of IMPACT by Al Etmanski
  • 2 tickets for families supported by your organisation to attend Al and Vickie’s session “Achieving Impact”

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Vickie Cammack – Social Entrepreneur and Care Innovator

Vickie’s unique response to the isolation and loneliness that underpin some our most intractable health and social problems – a network model of care, has been adopted internationally. She is a social entrepreneur who has established many organizations dedicated to strengthening community and addressing social isolation including Tyze Personal Networks.  This pioneering Canadian technology venture has been called the next frontier of caregiving for its work in creating online networks of care for people facing life challenges.

Vickie is also the founding director of the Family Support Institute of British Columbia and she co founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN).  She created PLAN’s Personal Network program, a practical and strategic approach to address the isolation and loneliness experienced by people with disabilities. As the founding CEO of PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship she mentored the spread of grass roots PLAN groups in 40 locations globally.

Vickie writes, consults and lectures on social networks, organizational transformation and scaling social innovation. She is an advisor to the Employer Panel for Caregivers.  She is co author of ‘Safe and Secure – Six Steps to Creating a Personal Future Plan for People with Disabilities’ and Accelerating a Network Model of Care – Taking a Social Innovation to Scale.

Vickie is a member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field. Vickie has been named as one one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Al Etmanski 

In his role as Executive Director of British Columbians for Mentally Handicapped People (now Inclusion BC) Al led the closure of BC’s major institutions, segregated schools and sheltered workshops. 

During his time at PLAN, Al helped create the Adult Guardianship Coalition which established a legal definition of capacity that legitimized the value of caring, trusting relationships. He also proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first savings plan for people with disabilities — the Registered Disability Savings Plan. There are now more than $2 billion in deposits.

For the last ten years Al has been exploring the emerging world of social innovation. He has been particularly interested in how other social movements achieve long term, lasting impact. This resulted in has latest book: Impact: Six Patterns to Spread your Social Innovation.

His current interest is in applying social innovations methods and concepts to the world of disability.

Professor Patricia O’Brien is Director of CDS and works as part of the CDS Inclusive Research Network; Patricia gives leadership within the Centre to a range of person centred activities and manages research projects that are underpinned by the question: What makes for a good life for people with disabilities?
Her recent presentations focus on the place of deep listening and unconditional positive regard for people with disabilities.

Jemima MacDonald holds a bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology, a Master’s degree in Developmental Disability, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is trained in Applied Behavioural Analysis. Jemima is involved in areas of research, evaluations, teaching, training and person centred planning. Jemima has taught social skills, sexuality and relationship courses to both diploma level student in Singapore, and to Masters students at the University of Sydney.



September 26, 2017
8:00 am - 11:00 am


Peta Hurst
02 9036 3600


Woolcock Building
431 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia
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