Good afternoon, fairy tale enthusiasts,
Well, yesterday’s conference was simply… ENCHANTING!!!
The quality of the presentations was truly exceptional and the vibe in the room was one of warmth and inclusivity. I couldn’t have wished for a better day!
A HUGE thank you to all of our presenters:
Keynote speaker Jackie Kerin
Jo Henwood (who saved the day by offering a story in place of one of our unwell storytellers!)
And many healing fairy wishes for our 2 presenters who couldn’t make it due to illness, Roslyn Quin and Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones.
Also, thank you to Lorena Carrington and Zeinab Yazdanfar for their gorgeous display tables (with help from the beautiful Louisa John-Krol, who also enchanted us all with her chiming fairy-scarf-wand!)
Special thanks also go the Glen Eira Council staff, Robyn Floyd and her friend Phillippa for putting in so much work with the catering, photographer Dave Jacobson, and Michelle De Stefani.
We also had our AGM during lunch and elected the next committee – woo! It is my great honour to introduce your 2016/2017 committee for the Australian Fairy Tale Society:
President: Catherine Snell
Vice President: Louisa John-Krol
Treasurer: Catherine Snell
Secretary: Penelope Clay
Ordinary Member: Jo Henwood
Ordinary Member: Gypsy Thornton (our fabulous overseas committee member in L.A, sadly not pictured above due to the giant ocean between us – we love you, Gypsy!)
Ordinary Member: Thang Luong
What a great group of people! I have all the faith in the world in them and I wish them all the very best for the year ahead.
I also wanted to say a huge thank you to the 2015/2016 committee: Catherine Snell, Sue Clancy, Nike Sulway, Jo Henwood, Gypsy Thornton, Joe Vandermeer, and Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario. It has been a true honour to serve on the committee with you all.
You’ll be hearing from the new committee soon with photos from the day and audio recordings of the presentations. Stay tuned!
This is Dr Belinda Calderone… signing off!