Government projects, people and priorities
Coastal and Marine Strategy for the Top End
In my role as a Graphic Recorder I have amazing opportunities to draw in great places with interesting people and drawing in the Top End is always a great experience! I was part of an experienced team of consultants engaged by the Northern Territory Government to help facilitate (and picture) stakeholder discussions to develop the Territory’s first Coastal and Marine Management Strategy. The Strategy will ensure the health and viability of the Top End’s coast and seas, support their use by Territorians for recreational and cultural purposes, manage growing demand for natural resources and foster sustainable industry.
The development of this Strategy is a work-in-progress, as shown by the photos, and it was a great privilege for me to picture these initial and important discussions over the two-day workshop — which showed the positive and collaborative approach to managing the Top Ends Sea Country for all Territorians.
I am always so happy to ‘sea’ how people react to and engage with my visuals, and it was great to receive feedback from the workshop participants that my visual helped them to ‘sea’ the journey they were on in developing this Strategy, TOGETHER. Visual storytelling really is a powerful way of communicating and engaging with groups, stakeholders and clients so you can ALL ‘sea’ the big picture!
Bullying in Schools – Ministerial Student Advisory Council
It was a great privilege for me to draw out the important discussions of the very first Ministerial Student Advisory Council on behalf of the Department of Education and the Minister for Education, Grace Grace. This is the first Advisory Council of its kind in Queensland and the Council is made up of student representatives from schools across Queensland. The first meeting focused on bullying and cyber-bullying and what actions we can take as a community tackle this growing issue. You can see further details of this visual story over at Schools & Universities. Thank you to Minister Grace and the students for the glowing feedback on my visual.
Delivering the new Qld Certificate of Education (QCE) System
What a great experience it was graphically recording the largest gathering of Queensland School Principals in 40 years as part of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (QCAA) 2017 Principal’s Conference. The focus of the Conference was the introduction of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system which is the most significant change to senior curriculum and assessment in Queensland since the early 1970s! You can see more of the visual stories and time-lapse photography from the Conference: ‘A strong Foundation for a Changing World‘ at Schools & Universities.
Teach Rural Career Fair, Teach Queensland
I have such fond memories of growing up in regional and remote Queensland where going to school meant dirt roads and waiting for emu’s to cross the road! So I was delighted when I was asked to be the graphic recorder for the TeachQLD Teach Rural Career Fair, hosted by the Queensland Department of Education and Training. This event was for current and future teachers looking for new adventures and teaching opportunities in regional, rural and remote Queensland.
I drew out the two panel sessions which were full of energy and enthusiasm for teaching in rural, regional and remote Queensland:
- Principal tips for landing that job
- Finding your feet: Advice from early career teachers
What a great event to promote and highlight the amazing opportunities to teach in our rural, regional and remote communities. I was super excited that attendees interacted so much with my visuals too and I received so much great feedback on how I captured the Panel’s discussions. The quote of the day for me was, “Give RURAL a GO!”.
Queensland Health and Stories of Lived Experience
I was the graphic recorder at the Minister for Healths Suicide Prevention Health Taskforce Roundtable held in Brisbane. I was there to listen to and visually capture the stories of Lived Experience and the priorities of the Queensland Government, as outlined in their 10 year Action Plan. Visual storytelling for sensitive and personal issues such as suicide can help to put people back in the picture, as everyone has a story. I hope I was able to draw out their stories of courage and strength. A key message from the Roundtable discussions was that “Mental health and suicide is everyone’s business”. To see more of my work putting health issues in the picture please see Community & Health.
Department of Agriculture & Fisheries – Team Building
I had a great opportunity to return to my former Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to graphically record the presentations given at a Team Reflections Day. The team day was full of energy which I captured in their visual stories which now hang on the office walls of the Team to serve as a reminder of their work and achievements throughout the year. Visual communication is a powerful tool for team building and a great way to capture and celebrate team achievements!
Testimonial: “Thank you again for helping us on our team reflections day. We have put the visual stories up on the wall. Quite a few people have mentioned that they appreciate having them on the wall as a reminder“. General Manager, DAF
…and what happens to these visual stories, the team proudly displays them!
*Please note the use of my graphics and visuals need to be attributed to me and remain unaltered unless written permission is given as all graphics and images are Copyright © 2018 Dr Sue Pillans