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Angela Ireland

Corporate, Personal Development

Angela has been working in the area of Alcohol & other Drugs (AOD) for 15 years. Her passion is raising awareness of the impact of AOD on the family and the broader community. Her presentations and six week education program called ARC (Action for Recovery) are about changing behaviour. Angela’s work tangibly examines how to modify the impact and bring about change in attitude.

What other jobs have you had?

I commenced working life as a teacher then moved into the community sector organising inspirational tours for students to places of interest particularly in the ARTS field.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Providing opportunity for personal development.

What have been the highlights of your career?

The highlights have been developing and initiating funding for a sibling program, and developing & initiating funding from the Department of Health for the ARC program to be run at a number of AOD services throughout Melbourne both private and public.

What are you passionate about?

Responding to identified needs in this area and developing programs and presentation to fit.

Testimonials

Angela’s presentation was fantastic. She was engaging, entertaining and right on the mark when it comes to tailoring the Alcohol Awareness presentation to the young people. Her message works on a number of levels and was delivered in a way that involved the young people right from the get go, and held their interest throughout. It was great to have such an important topic delivered in a way that had great impact. When young people come up asking questions after the presentation, you know it’s been a success.
It was a pleasure working with Booked Out Agency and Angela. I look forward to working with you all again in the near future.

—J. Barrientos, Youth Outreach & Support, Melton City Council

Throughout 2013 Angela Ireland and her organisation presented a 5 week program looking at the effects of alcohol and drugs on families.  In most of these external talks (as they have a fair few) students disengage quickly as they find them to be not at their level, etc.  Angela and her team continually changed their methods and approaches to the 25 VCAL students, with the group showing a ‘real’ engagement in the material that was presented.

Angela was open and honest, which students need in a presenter, and students listened to the stories she had to offer.  The team also had a range of short videos and presentations that engaged the group.  These videos were hard hitting, thought-provoking and stimulated a range of discussions (both in the course and afterwards in students debriefs with staff).

We were very much appreciative of the efforts of Angela and her team in bringing the valued lessons and corresponding support network to our regional school (Latrobe Valley); an area that doesn’t receive a great deal of metropolitan support.  Angela’s ability to change to suit the needs of the cohort was especially appreciated, as most external agencies have a ‘one-size fits all’ approach.

—D. Shields, Leading Teacher, Kurnai College Precinct Campus

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