Updated: Oct 20, 2020
I'm Flora Blaik, a South Sudanese refugee who arrived in Australia in 2004. Back then, I could not speak a word of English but with persistence and effort, I made my way in the new world that was offered to me. After completing my VCE in 2008, I joined the workforce before deciding to enrol in the Community Development course provided by Victoria University.
Today, I work as a placement officer at Swinburne University of Technology, helping newly arrived migrants resettle in Australia. Helping others is in my DNA. When I'm not at work, I am actively involved in my church, sharing the teachings of the Bible with children and volunteering once a month with ‘Clean Up Australia’ through the ‘We Love You’ foundation.
I recently became a member of the Communities Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Region), raising awareness and advocating for communities. I am also the owner of an online activewear brand and an avid reader of personal development book.
I'm taking part in Refugee Voices Community Leadership Program because I believe that building a strong culture of leadership is a key component in the development of the community. Attending this program is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of leadership.
If you would like to contact Flora as a speaker at your next event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.