Cardinia Food Strategy Workshop :



FRIDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2019. 9:30am - 12:30pm.

Toomah Community Centre, Pakenham.

Community members, key stakeholders and partners are invited to attend the launch and activation workshop for the Cardinia Community Food Strategy!

This facilitated, hands on workshop will get all of us around the table mapping out the first steps in activating the Action Plan of our Food Strategy, as well as deepening our understanding of some of the critical issues we are facing in food, farming and health and the collective framework we are using to respond.

The workshop will also feature a select number of inspiring and informative 'food for thought' international and local speakers to help spark ideas and inspiration at key points across the morning.  


Devita Davison

Devita electrified and inspired us all at the 2017 Cardinia Food Forum and launch of the Food Circles initiative ,and we are thrilled to have her join us on this stage of our journey in 2019! Devita is the the Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit organization committed to serving low-resourced entrepreneurs of color. FoodLab views good food entrepreneurship as a way to build power and resilience for traditionally marginalized people and communities.


Jose Ramos works in partnership with an ecosystem of creative people to develop high impact projects where clients imagine, design and innovate breakthroughs that lead to transformation and foundational wellbeing. He has taught foresight, public policy and social innovation at a number of universities, including the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Swinburne University of Technology, and the University of Sunshine Coast.


Fiona Cost: Fiona has extensive experience in community development, engagement, management and consulting in the non-profit, sport and recreation, education and local government sectors. Fiona currently works as the Collective Impact Facilitator for Cardinia’s Together We Can initiative. Together We Can is a ‘no logo, no ego’ initiative, ensuring ownership, responsibility and accountability is shared by all community sectors to address the issue of family violence and the cultural norms that enable it. Fiona will be sharing with us some key reflections and insights from her experience working with Collective Impact to deliver local solutions to the complex social problem of family violence.

Professor Jane Maree Maher is Professor in the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Her research spans the interactions of families and societies, and she will be sharing insights from her research with the ARC funded project ‘Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences’. The project focused on if, and how, children took school food messages home and what those messages were. The study worked with 50 Victorian families and gathered data and insights from 43 Victorian schools.

A light lunch will be provided.

Spaces are limited so please register through the ticket link at the top of this page for catering and planning purposes.