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CFA/ACMI storytelling workshop

  • Ex-captain Ivan Lee from Ocean Grove at the Digital Storytelling Workshop

By: Roz Long

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  1.29 PM 8 July, 2013

Location: General

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Fifteen CFA volunteers and staff from around the state had the opportunity to participate in a workshop to capture members' stories from their perspective.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) facilitated the digital storytelling workshop, which was funded through the Department of Justice’s Valuing Volunteers Program.

The workshop was held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2013.

At the end of the three days, the stories collected were compiled on a professionally mastered DVD by ACMI and given to each of the participants. The stories will be made available on CFA’s website in around a month's time, with the overall objective of promoting CFA and creating an awareness of who we are and what we do.

We had such a great response from the weekend that the stories promise to be very special. Topics such as “The benefits of being a CFA volunteer for 30 years”, “Impact of road trauma on CFA Members”, “Hero and Istanbul Fire Station visit”, “Benefits of being a volunteer and staff member”, “Volunteerism in the 50s and 60s, “Emotional and Devastating effects of 2009 Fires in D13”, “Starting in CFA at a young age can change a person’s outlook and future” and “Experiences on Ash Wednesday 16 February 1983”,  are just some of the topics that were told over this exhausting but very satisfying weekend. 

When the stories have been made available to CFA, we will post three stories per week on our News & media website for five weeks to showcase every person’s story.   

Feedback from the weekend included Ivan Lee writing to the Chief Officer thanking CFA for the wonderful opportunity to attend the workshop. Here is a snippet of his letter which sums up the overall feelings of the group about the workshop.

“At the conclusion of the workshop it was agreed that at my earliest convenience I would communicate with the Chief Officer and report on the outcome of the workshop.

"I must report that although it was a most demanding and challenging time it was very enjoyable, bringing out the very best in all of us as the end result will show, I do not think that any one story could be said to be better than another as every story had a special message.

"This workshop proved what our organisation is all about: true friendships, character building, and the ability to help our community in time of need, and could prove a very valuable tool in promoting CFA, and historically it will also become a great wealth of knowledge in years to come.

"I must compliment Lisetta Moscardo and her team at ACMI for the very professional and efficient manner in which they carried out their duties. Nothing was too much trouble and their guidance and advice was of the highest standard.

"From all the participants in the workshop, thank you for inviting us to participate in such an enjoyable and rewarding experience and we all look forward to meeting again.

Last Updated: 18 July 2013