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SALT Studio Consultancy
Terori Hareko-Avaivilla is the founder and director of SALT Studio Consultancy, a First Nation business established originally as a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female artists to grow their brand within the First Nation visual art space. The consultancy half of the business was added later to combine Terori’s love of sharing her creative culture and education, providing traditional and cultural education through creative means to offer a deeper learning for the participants. Salt Studio Consultancy offers individuals and organisations the opportunity to build cultural understanding through the “8 ways of Knowing’ First Nations Cultural Knowledge Exchange Training, as well as running First Nation Leadership Training as part of local government Community Engagement programs. Terori comes from a strong Islander heritage from Papua New Guinean, Torres Strait Islanders (Saibai/Boigu) and Samoa. She has lived in Melbourne most of her adult life though her childhood was spent in many locations such as Arnhem Land, Vanuatu, Port Moresby and other South Pacific locations, travelling with her parents who were community development workers for AusAid.
"I believe my family, culture and community are three very important aspects of my decision to work within community development, social justice and health frameworks over the course of my professional and personal journey."
Hot House Projects
Helen has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of roles across the youth, education and community sectors. Her principal pursuit in these fields is understanding and facilitating the complex dynamics of generational change. Her passions include working with diverse communities across ‘The West’ of Melbourne, engaging at the intersections of diversity, and practising (and teaching) community development. Her current focus is the Neighbourhood House sector, and transforming communities through grass roots community participation, community leadership and community-based research. She continues her community development work as a custodian of the Community Development Practitioners Community of Practice (in partnership with Network West) and her community leadership work with various local governments, facilitating a groundswell of local action and a platform for community voice. Helen was the recipient of the Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (VET) in 2017, in recognition of the impact of her community leadership programs.
Lecturer, Research & Analysis Specialist
Téa came to Australia as a refugee from the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, with her family when she was 5 years old. All throughout her academic and professional life she has worked with culturally diverse communities, and was fascinated by culture, and particularly the effects that adapting to a new culture has on people who resettle in new countries. Téa has a broad community development experience across 5 different local government bodies in Queensland and Victoria, primarily in community development roles focused on cultural diversity. Her expertise includes cultural diversity, concepts of health and wellbeing, refugee health, and bridging the gap between research and practice in this space. Téa has specialist expertise in conducting needs analysis, program development and implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
Creative Director / Graphic Designer
Maria “Tet” Kelly is a Geelong-based multi-disciplinary creative in areas of graphic design, web design, visual arts and communication arts. Prior to migrating to Australia in 2012, Tet was an academic professional teaching in a Philippine university. In 2020, after being a part-time freelancer for years whilst looking after her family of four, she returned to training at The Gordon TAFE and completed an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design. Tet’s lived experience of being of Filipino heritage, a female and caring for people with a disability has enriched her creative skills. After volunteering and working for her local neighbourhood house in Grovedale, she has a deep appreciation of grassroots community development, local connections and everyday artists. In 2021, the Gordon awarded her the Student of the Year for 2020. She then made it as a finalist to the Victorian Training Awards (Vocational Student of the Year Category).
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