The Board of Directors is expanding to embrace a diversity of age and experience. We recently welcomed incoming Board Directors Sue Barrett, Max Affleck and Mike Jensen who bring a wealth of experience to Chatty Cafe.
Sue’s always been a champion for equality, climate action, integrity and the common good tracing her activism roots back to the 1970s. Sue works with businesses and communities to raise awareness of our interconnectedness as a foundation for empathy, compassion, decency and ethics. She encourages us to think deeply about how our decisions affect others and the planet, and how to take positive action and affect real change.
Max demonstrates that community and conversation are central to his life and career. An aspect of his work that Max is particularly passionate about is understanding the barriers to full inclusion and participation in society faced by his students, and supporting them to do so regardless. This focus aligns with Chatty’s mission, and is what drives his participation in the Chatty team.
Mike has worked with the community to make a difference in people’s lives for a number of years. Initially as a founding member of the StandByYou foundation, a charity to provide financial assistance to people living with cancer, and then in other ways including supporting asylum seekers and helping to establish community gardens. Throughout his career in the corporate sector (initially as a lawyer and commercial mediator) he has focused on listening to people to understand underlying needs and enabling them to find creative solutions/resolution.
Please join us in welcoming Sue, Max and Mike!