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Marion Wands

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: SA

Position: Founder and CEO, ConNetica

Focus Area

Positive social change

Marion Wands

Class Year: 2021

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: SA

Position: Founder and CEO, ConNetica

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

Through my social enterprise, ConNetica, I have delivered early suicide prevention training to 1000s of individuals. Our unique training addresses social determinants and builds individuals’ skills and confidence to be READY, WILLING and ABLE to have early outcome focused conversations with vulnerable others. Our ultimate goal is to avert crises, through early, genuine and compassionate interactions. Independent evaluations by ANU and testimonials prove our goal is attained.

 

These programs along with my recent appointment as Director, Our Town, with The Australian Centre for Social Inclusion provide me with the opportunity to continue my focus on innovative, tailored and scalable early suicide prevention.

 

The Westpac Social Change Scholarship provides me with the opportunity to develop my leadership, influencing and networking skills to promote early prevention and attract funds to extend the reach of our training and sustain genuine community lead and designed mental health and suicide prevention initiatives.

 

Living at the beach soothes my soul. I routinely walk our Labradors and when time permits, I share time with family and friends, jet ski and scuba dive.

Skills & Expertise

  • Mental health and suicide prevention
  • Community engagement
  • Facilitation and training/learning design
  • Change Management
  • Program evaluation

"ConNetica is delivering succinct, engaging early suicide prevention training programs that foster humanity and compassion and generate hope for a better future."


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