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Sharing stories, challenges, dreams and opportunities – an exploration of Australians combating adversity together.

Date: Thursday 29th November, 2018

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm (no interval) 

Location: Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Wherever there is hardship or injustice... What does this look like in 21st century Australia? What are the implications for The Salvation Army and those we work alongside?

Thursday evening’s session of Still Others features a discussion panel, a response from The Salvation Army’s World Leader, General Brian Peddle, and a challenge to Salvationists and friends from our  National Commander, Commissioner Floyd Tidd.

The panel conversation will provide an opportunity to explore some of the many ways Australians experience hardship and injustice. Our guest panellists will share wisdom from their own community and sphere of influence, highlighting the places in which they seek to battle adversity.

How can we, The Salvation Army, better partner with Australians everywhere? We desire to see collaborative partnerships that stir up hope and make a real difference in our society, and this session seeks to explore real ways of pursuing this ideal. Join us for this discussion and consider our collective and personal investment in a better future.


Commissioner Rosalie Peddle
World President of Women’s Ministries – The Salvation Army

Professor Megan Davis 
Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW

Professor Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission. Megan supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the QLD Maroons.

David Emerson 
Director of Stadia and Community, Collingwood Football Club

David Emerson has been a key member of Collingwood’s administration team for almost 20 years. Currently the Director of Stadia and Community, Emerson joined the club during the earliest days of Eddie McGuire’s presidency in the late 1990s.

Emerson has overseen various portfolios at Collingwood. As GM of Marketing he oversaw sponsorship, events, corporate sales and merchandise. He was a key player in Collingwood’s smooth transition from its spiritual home at Victoria Park to its current base at the Holden Centre in 2004. In his time as Director of Stadia and Community, Emerson helped to establish the Collingwood Football Club Community Centre at Victoria Park, helped to renegotiate the club’s tenancy arrangements at the MCG and managed the Glasshouse project which saw a superb Collingwood function, events and community facility built at Olympic Park. He has also played an important role in Collingwood’s philanthropic endeavours through the Collingwood Foundation.

Emerson’s connection to Collingwood, and indeed Victoria Park, has its origins in his days as a cricketer for the Collingwood Cricket Club.

Councillor Sam Hearn
Director, SURRENDER Australia; Councillor, Mornington Peninsula Shire

He is also involved in leading a neighbourhood church called Jigsaw in his local community and is involved in a range of local initiatives including as a mentor and running program at Mornington Secondary College and Mornington Park Primary School. He volunteers his time to run youth programs in his local neighbourhood, and is part of the Tanti Neighbourhood Garden Working Group, is a Friend of Fusion youth housing refuge in Mount Martha, and volunteers with Main St Salvos to keep people safe in the night entertainment hours of Mornington.

Sam is also the Chair of Tanti Park Social Enterprises, an organisation he co-founded which provides hands on vocational training and place making through HomeGround Cafe. He has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Arts (Leadership), and is married with two young sons.

Nick McCallum (Panel Facilitator) 

Nick McCallum is a stalwart Australian television and radio journalist. As a broadcast journalist, McCallum works as a senior reporter with the Seven Network and as a part-time presenter for Melbourne radio station 3AW. He has also produced documentaries for Fox Footy.

Ticketing Information

One ticket per person required for entry. Limit of 10 tickets per booking. Please be mindful not to reserve tickets that you won’t use. Tickets cannot be returned or cancelled if unused.

Children under the age of 16 must be under the supervision of a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) at all times.

Photography and video recording is not permitted at this event.