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  • Newbie: Ivan Crisp from Bendigo/Maryborough, Victoria

    Posted by Ivan on April 30, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m based in Bendigo and have my outreach in Maryborough. I have worked in DES for the last 2 years and previously worked in JobActive/DES as a Business development Officer. I have experience in Business Development, Retail, Management, Training and Hardware/Trades. I have a Bachelors in Business (Major in Human Resources and Minor in Economics) and have completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    I have joined the Way Finder to further improve my engagement with clients through the resources available on the platform as well as getting support from others in the industry to help overcome challenging barriers to employment that clients may present with.

    I look forward to working wit you all.


    Maria Smith replied 3 years, 2 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Maria Smith

    May 3, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    @Ivan so great you are here. I know we are going to be doing some live video sessions once we start getting more people in here. I know your contribution will be incredible and so many of us can learn from you and your experience.


    • Ivan

      May 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Maria,

      I have started listening to the podcasts and today was The Loudest Voice. Michael seems like a lovely person who has a very good understanding of himself. I did find it interesting how the conversation got me thinking about how we identify with home and family. I know having been born in Australia I am an Australian… but, I am not seen as Australian as i am not an indigenous Australian. In addition, my fathers parents came over to Australia from Germany after the war and my mothers family came from Ireland.

      I have great difficulty in understating myself. I have half my family from another country who never discuss the war and who fought on the other side of the second world war. My mothers side they were immigrants who settled in Derby in Victoria three generations ago and were likely sent as prisoners.

      So I am an Australian, I’m also German and Irish. My home country see’s me as less part of it than others because my ancestors weren’t from Australia. As Michael discussed we don’t always feel like we live in the same world as others. I know that my past, my family’s past still impacts on my place in the world. Having a pa and his siblings having fought on the other side of the second world war makes it difficult to rationalise in your own mind especially when no one talks about it.

      My point of this post is to highlight that anyone can have a disconnect with the world around them and the reasons are not always visible like in Michael’s case. My name is not the one I was born with partly because of the fear of how i was seen and treated as a kid. Having a German last name so soon after the war in Australia came with it’s own challenges.

      I do hope this post is valuable to someone who reads it and that it gives them a sense that they are not alone in feeing disconnected in the world around them. My goal is to continue to create my place in this world and ensure my children feel the sense of belonging that I didn’t.

      Feel free to ask questions or give feedback on your thoughts.



      • Maria Smith

        May 21, 2021 at 1:18 pm

        Wow Ivan thanks for this incredible share. It is interesting to think about our “Belonging” and where we come from. I always look at it as my belonging is where I connect. It’s a simple belief but something that means I can belong where ever I go, even if I look different and am different. In New Zealand there is a beautiful Maori way of introducing yourself, they share the name of the river or mountain that their mum and dad came from so it’s more connected to the land. So I would say The Murray river for my dad (he was born in Mildura) and mum is from the Tianjin river (Yallourn).
        Thanks again for sharing @Ivan 🙂


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