PaKT4Change Board Report – October 2017
Welcome to the first official PaKT4Change Board Report! This new quarterly addition will enable us to share social impact outcomes and other key PaKT4Change achievements; sharing the stories of how music has helped to address the psychosocial, neurobiological and relational needs of Australian families, and how this is only made possible by your support. Included below:
- Key data from the 2016/17FY
- A report from our Board Chair, Toni Day
- An update on ground level impact from Executive Director, Kate Teggelove
- Director Profile – Dr. Katrina McFerran
While still in our infancy, our mission to support kids, young people and families through innovative therapeutic music opportunities is well and truly alive, underpinning our drive to achieve social change. Our passionate team of music therapists and a committed Board work together to promote change, build skills and disrupt harmful cycles within some of Australia’s most vulnerable populations. Through the generosity of the community and our collaborative partnerships, PaKT4Change has had a productive and rewarding year and we welcome you to celebrate in the organisation’s accomplishments.
From the Chair – Toni Day
Starting a charity is no easy task, and the PaKT4Change journey has been no exception. As Founding Directors, Leonie Wallwork, Kate Teggelove (Executive Director) and myself have had the privilege of helping to establish strong foundations, and of watching the organisation steadily develop its profile and reputation over the past two years. In March this year we reviewed the Board’s performance and prioritised the addition of skills sets that would complement our existing capability and assist in driving our strategic focus and fundraising efforts. Amy Livingstone was appointed as a Director in June and soon after, appointed Chair of our Strategic sub-committee where she has already driven significant planning and output to ensure company sustainability. Carolyn Cooke joins us this month as our Fundraising and Marketing Lead, bounding with energy and passion to support the growth and stability of PaKT4Change in coming weeks, months and years. Katrina McFerran (profiled below) continues also to provide valuable guidance and sector knowledge at a governance level and we remain in awe of Kate working tirelessly across both operations and governance to drive the PaKT4Change agenda. I am humbled and privileged to lead such a formidable Board whose determination and selflessness will enable social change through creative connections.
Support from numerous individuals in our first 2 years through donations, partnerships, time, and belief in our very existence, has also been humbling and is the sole reason we are still going. To all of you, I say thank you. We look forward to staying connected through this new publication.
Ground Level Impact – Executive Director, Kate Teggelove
There could be no greater work satisfaction than that I am lucky to experience walking in and out of PaKT4Change programs each day. From witnessing:
- an 8yo boy with depression transition over 10+ weeks from total participation refusal to recording a self-composed group song with 2 new friends in his ReGen Music group; to
- young mums threading material onto formula tins as they proudly craft new toy drums for their children as part of their Time2Sing program, connecting as they work through the sharing of parenting challenges and rewards and memories, some happy, some sad from their own childhood; to
- insightful discussions amid body percussion and power-play music improvisations in our Rhythm Rights Respect workshops, as young people begin to understand the reality of family violence in Australia and prove themselves once more as capable, inspiring changemakers.
It’s moving and motivating to see the connections participants are building to friends, family, community and most importantly, to their own stories, all through the medium of music.
The next 3 months is a crucial time of reviewing, consolidating and further developing our PaKT4Change programs to ensure continual improvement and best practice into 2018. We are excited to further trial My RAP (Respect, Awareness, Potential) with pre-teen boys from violent homes in QLD later this year, and to explore our work in schools further, to support kids whose experiences of trauma are impacting their engagement and connections in the school environment. The challenge to keep providing our services in a time of fierce funding scarcity is real but the drive and passion to fill a much needed gap in creative intervention remains. I am a proud leader, humbled and grateful for the support and contributions, big and small, that continue to create necessary opportunities for kids, young people and families to thrive through music. Thank you for the vital role you play in enabling that.
MEET THE BOARD
Introducing Dr. Katrina Skewes McFerran
As an international expert on the topic of music, music therapy and adolescents, Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran brings a unique perspective to PaKT4Change governance, challenging the company’s vision and strategy to keep best practice and accessibility for program participants at the forefront. Professor McFerran is Head of Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne, Director of the National Music Therapy Research Unit, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of the VCA&MCM, and Associate Director (Research) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. In this issue, Katrina shares her thinking on the importance of PaKT4Change for young people…
“PaKT4Change addresses an important problem in the Australian community, where young people do not have enough access to music through school and community. Without music, the opportunity to shine and to express emotions is missing and children are restricted in their full expression of who they are, even as they grapple with very difficult life situations. With opportunities for creative and expressive music making, young people have the chance to process difficult emotional responses to confusing life situations. They have a chance to show what they are capable of, rather than only having to perform against academic measures that may be too much for them at that time. PaKT4Change provides those opportunities and ensures that young Australians get the creative opportunities they need and deserve as they travel through some very difficult times.”
Professor Katrina McFerran featured at this month’s TEDx St Kilda Event. Keep an eye our HERE for a video of her presentation regarding Music and Mental Health.