Executive Director’s update

Photo of BSL Executive Director Conny Lenneberg

Welcome to the December issue of Building Better Lives Together, our final edition for 2019. It’s hard to believe a new decade is just around the corner.

Our main story, featuring Hanan, is a powerful reminder of how lonely and bewildering it can be to settle into a new life in Australia. Thankfully, Hanan was warmly welcomed into our Youth Transitions Support Pilot program and overcame the barriers she faced with work and social connections. Her positivity and resilience shine through.

The young people from the David Scott School are also a source of inspiration to me. Maya, Lachlan, Courtney and Ben are thriving in a nurturing educational environment, thanks to the fantastic learning model and supportive staff at the school. Since interviewing the students for this newsletter, we received the exciting news that the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Local Learning and Employment Network (FMPLLEN) has awarded the David Scott School with a Best Practice School Award, and Maya and Lachlan have also won student awards for excellence and endeavour.

We’ve also just held our annual Sambell Oration dinner, proudly supported by ANZ. The event is attended by leaders from the community, business and government, and provides a unique opportunity to discuss important social justice issues affecting Australians. You can read Jenny Macklin’s Sambell Oration on the Brotherhood website: bsl.org.au/ events/sambell-oration .

Thank you for reading about how we work to make lasting change. Your continued support makes our work possible. This is the greatest Christmas gift anyone can give.

Conny Lenneberg
Executive Director