workshop facilitators

Willhemina Wahlin

Dr Willhemina Wahlin

Lecturer in Design, Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie

Dr Willhemina Wahlin is a Lecturer in Design at Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, and the Creative Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice. She brings over 15 years of experience in journalism and design to the Picture Justice program. In her research, Willhemina is interested in understanding how the creative industries can educate and promote flourishing communities.

Willhemina will be facilitating Design Thinking, narrative development and story editing.

Christopher Orchard

Christopher orchard

Senior Lecturer in Creartive Industries, Charles Sturt University

Christopher Orchard is the Sub dean of Academic for the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University, Lecturer in Photography, and an interdisciplinary researcher in the School of Communication and Creative Industries. Based on Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga campus, Christopher also contributes to the Creative Regions Lab and sits as a board member of the interdisciplinary journal,'Fusion'. Christopher will be facilitating the photography workshop.

Belinda Paulovich

Dr Belinda Paulovich

Lecturer in Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Belinda Paulovich is a Lecturer in Swinburne's School of Design. She teaches communication design and participatory design in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Her research investigates the role of communication design in improving health, wellbeing, and social outcomes across the lifespan. Prior to joining Swinburne, Belinda completed a PhD in visual communication where she explored the use of co-design methods in creating paediatric patient education materials. Belinda will be co-facilitating with Willhemina in Design Thinking, narrative development and story editing.

Cymbeline Buhler

Cymbeline Buhler

Education and Outreach Officer, Whitlam Institute

Cymbeline Buhler brings over twenty years experience as an artistic director, writer, teacher, producer and researcher. Cymbeline is a current PhD candidate at Western Sydney University, researching peacebuilding as part of an ongoing project in Sri Lanka she founded in 2006 “Theatre of Friendship”. Cymbeline has worked for The Whitlam Institute since 2018 in capacities of Education and Outreach Coordinator, Civics Education Facilitator and What Matters? marker. She has worked with Riverside Theatres since 2016, directing and co-facilitating “Beyond the Square” mixed-ability performances and workshops, mentoring young artists in the “Sharp Short Theatre” festival and performing as the Queen of Craft in the “Spot On Festival”.



Jenna O'Connell

Co-Director, The Posify Group

Jenna is Co-Director of The Posify Group, Director of The Optimistic Educator, K-12 Relief Teacher, Tutor, and Mum. Her 'multipotentialite' approach to work has led to an amalgam of experience across 5 industries including corporate and education sectors. Jenna is passionate about the value of creativity, curiosity and play in education and career crafting, and her audacious dream is to not only see an end to poverty in her lifetime, but a world where everyone is given the education, support and opportunity to imagine their big dreams alive.

Mariane Power

Co-Director, The Posify Group

Mariane is the co-founder of The Posify Group and founder of MPOWER Leadership, both of which provide a range of consulting, coaching and educational services that are based on positive psychology and seek to maximise human potential. In addition to a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Mariane holds qualifications in performance, counselling and psychotherapy. Mariane's area of research and expertise surrounds the question of what makes for a meaningful life, and she has a particular interest in how purpose is fostered amongst youth. Mariane volunteers her expertise to a number of boards including The Luminosity Youth Summit, Ambisie and Dyslexia Mid North Coast. Mariane will be co-facilitating with Jenna to help bring purpose and play to the five days of workshop activities.

Uncle Bill O'Brien

Uncle Bill O'Brien

Birpai Elder; Chairperson, Birpai Land Council

Uncle Bill was a professional Jockey by trade, has been involved in and President of a lot of Youth sports, and is Chairperson of the Birpai Land Council. He has developed a Youth Group and a Men’s group with the help of the Birpai Land council, and was Port Macquarie’s 2008 Citizen of the year recipient. He is also a a White Ribbon ambassador, and was Awarded O.A.M for work within Health, Sport, Education and Port Macquarie–Hastings Area for community Awareness.

Lucilla Marshall

Lucilla Marshall

Group Manager, Community Place, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Lucilla Marshall is an award-winning landscape architect with over 22 years experience in place making, design development, strategic planning, master planning and community engagement. In her role as Group Manager of Community Place at Port Macquarie Hastings Council, she is responsible for driving and managing community engagement, community development, arts and culture, place making, libraries, customer service, and creating inclusive communities. The aim of her team is to bring Council and the community closer together to develop a strong sense of place.