We are a small volunteer group put together by Lowen Clarke to support this project. The group is made up of:
Lowen has degrees in Classics, Divinity, Writing and Organisational Dynamics. He is currently studying for a Doctorate in Therapeutic Arts Practice. Lowen is a member of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Human Research Ethics Committee. He has been Vice-President of the Williamstown Literary Festival and a Level 3 Coach and National Director for Schools Coaching in sport. He was part of the National Trust W-class tram committee, which saved the Melbourne W-class tram fleet. His first childrens book, Sam the Tram, was published by Hill of Content in 1990, and over the years has been added to by animations and more books. Sam the Tram’s Dance Club was illustrated and animated by Lowen on Cinema 4D, a digital graphics and animation program
After graduating with a Masters from St. Martins London, Adrian worked as a design consultant in a small design partnership. After emigrating to Melbourne, Adrian continued his design practice extending his creativity and skills set becoming the Director of Coach Education and Development for Croquet Victoria. During this period Adrian and his partner established Depot on Chapel, a bespoke furniture and lifestyle shop located in Melbourne's flagship Chapel Street. Returning to University, he completed a Master of Applied Science in Organisational Dynamics. Adrian has a long history of volunteer work with a stint as President of Williamstown Croquet club where he developed a lucrative Corporate and Social program. Further stints followed as President of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre. It was during this last Directorship that Adrian discovered his love of community arts. He is now restoring the Maryborough Butter Factory as a community Arts Centre and is enjoying working for Central Goldfields Shire Council as their Arts Project Officer.
Mary Sutton, Trauma Specialist, has over 30 years experience dealing with trauma based problems. Her post-graduate studies focussed on adults who are still affected by childhood trauma (emotional, physical or sexual) and neglect. Her research aim was to address specific traumas, whilst taking a wide range of general counselling issues into account.
Mary has also spent time researching the integration of psychology and theology and if requested, is well equipped to incorporate spiritual issues from your denominational or religious viewpoint. She has lectured in psychology, counselling and social work at Macquarie University, University of Western Sydney, and Tabor College.
Walter recently retired from IBM where he worked as a senior performance analyst working with the mainframes. He has a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Multimedia and a Masters of Information Technology. Walter's input in the project has been profound as he created the necessary software to allow us to convert standard right to left text to empowerment script text.
James runs his own business as an MYOB Accounting software consultant. He is also Treasurer of the Belgium Avenue, Richmond and Collingwood Neighbourhood houses. He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Business (Accounting) as well has being a fully licensed Estate Agent. James' input in the project has been the design and set up of this website along with the production of Empowerment Script books with Lowen using Walter's software.
We would also like to thank the many people who have helped and supported this project. They range from professional specialists and academics to friends. Thank you.