Over The Rainbow

Posted on September 13, 2017

Give a child a pack of crayons and by far one of the most popular drawings is a rainbow. That elusive arch of colour is so exciting to spot! As we grow older we are taught that rainbows are present at all times, it’s merely certain atmospheric conditions that enable us to get a few glimpses of that other worldly colour.



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A Well Choreographed Dance

Posted on July 6, 2017

There is something so fascinating about watching a professional ballet company. Movements that would be impossible for you or I are executed flawlessly under the balance, direction and devoted skill of artists who spend endless hours honing their craft. It never fails to leave me wondering how I might be able to take my own performance to a new level.

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International Women’s Day 2017

Posted on April 3, 2017

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This photo represents a culmination of many things to me: it was International Women’s Day and John Hollands, the legendary engineering company, was celebrating the women in its ranks. It was also the day we were launching Women of Worth, a program designed to empower women in their personal and professional lives.

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Empower Women and Reduce Domestic Violence With This Program

Posted on December 5, 2015

When was the last time you considered the age old questions of “who am I and why am I here?”

These questions are really about exploring our identity and the value that we each bring to the world. When we lose sight of those things, or when they get hidden away under everyday life, we can also lose a sense of our own worth and our own identity.

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Maryann’s Story

Posted on November 20, 2015

Maryann's StoryHere is the speech I gave at the opening of the new library in Napranum, a library named after the Elder Maryann Coconut.

Today, we are here in gratitude for this wonderful event in the history of the people of Napranum.

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Napranum: An Indigenous Community Celebrating Sustainable Change

Posted on November 18, 2015

Sometimes your work can lead you to the most inspiring places and people. For Dynamic Exchange director Annalise Jennings, the far north Queensland community of Napranum is one of those places, and Maryann Coconut is one of those people.

Annalise began working in Napranum in 2011, when the council engaged her to help establish a visionary plan by and for the people.

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Aboriginal Reflections on Dynamic Exchange’s Women of Worth (WOW) Program

Posted on October 7, 2015

2457331Politically, it’s been a hectic few weeks for Australia with Tony Abbott being forced to make way for our new leader, Malcolm Turnbull. To date, we’re seeing some really encouraging signs from our new Prime Minister, particularly in relation to the $40 million plus package fighting domestic violence (you can read the Australian Financial Review article focusing on this here).

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