In 2018 I designed and delivered a series of healthy ageing bird workshops for CALD (Cultural And Linguistically Diverse) communities in partnership with Blacktown City Council, SydWest and SSI.
Conversations ranged from talking about the natural wonders and extreme pollution with the Filipinos, or how the tradition of shooting migratory birds in Malta creates problems for the rest of Europe, through to discussing ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ with the Glendenning Indians.
As a multicultural country Australia prides itself of diversity (I arrived from England in 1988, 200 years after the first fleet). With the population recently transitioning from a European base to an Asian influence I see Australia’s ancient and unique wildlife as a unifying factor and a way to convert economic migrants into future conservationists.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
For the last 3 years my ‘day job’ as a Personal Carer/Support Worker has opened new doors and given me the opportunity to really make a difference. Taking my client on regular bird walks at Nurragingy Reserve makes for a good day for both of us.