We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of all the lands in which we work and pay respect to all Elders past, present and future, and their people, culture, and history.  In Australia, we honour that this is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and thank them for the care they have given this land for thousands of years.  

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Pam Burley 

Member
Warwick, QLD

My career story is like a patchwork quilt, different colours and spaces for different seasons of my life. Campfire is part of the story of my next season.

I’ve been a doctor’s receptionist, government administrative officer, private business owner (at 22), behaviour management teacher-aide, commercial worm farmer (currently), youth development officer and most recently community development officer with local government for almost 10 years. I’ve hosted a network of over 200 service providers and built my skills of working with small communities doing community recovery following 2011 floods and the drought that immediately followed. 

 

A sense of purpose has always been my driver and has given me the courage to endure and succeed in many challenging situations. People describe me as a creative visionary (a glass half-full perspective and committed to action).

 

I was first introduced to group and participatory processes in 1988, which became embedded in my practice since then.  In 2012, I was introduced to Art of Hosting and it has been one of my greatest joys to join the AoH community of Australian and International practitioners.  I am a Flow Game host.

 

I believe in the power of community – to identify opportunities and to seek their own solutions whether that community is a small team, community group, small or large organisation, business or government agency. 

 

I’m passionate about empowering community champions to continue to do good work in their own community by sharing skills and tools that will empower these champions to host conversations that really matter, to harvest their wise actions and to act.

 

Being a member of Campfire Coop provides me the opportunity to be self-managed, working with a team of mates who have my back. It enables me to choose the work I do without constraints or geographical boundaries – the world is our field (and our community).