Education for life

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), Ms Emily Hicks (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

(Rear from left) CEO Life Education NSW, Mr Jay Bacik; Principal Telopea Park School, Ms Kerrie Blain; Senator Zed Seselja and Captain Christine Clarke. (Front row) Year two students from Telopea Park School. (photo: Ms Emily Hicks)
(Rear from left) CEO Life Education NSW, Mr Jay Bacik; Principal Telopea Park School, Ms Kerrie Blain; Senator Zed Seselja and Captain Christine Clarke. (Front row) Year two students from Telopea Park School.

Captain Christine Clarke, Director Navy People Policy and Governance, has taken on a new role recently, being appointed Chairman of the Life Action Group ACT, the ACT Chapter of Life Education Australia.

As a result of her involvement with Life Education Australia, through Navy's involvement in Ocsober, she was asked to take on the role, helping raise the profile of the important work of the organisation.

"I was delighted to be approached to take on the role of Chairman of Life Action Group ACT. To quote the Whitney Houston song 'the children are our future'," she said.

Part of her duties involve helping recognise other people who highlight the importance of safe alcohol consumption and promote the work of 'Healthy Harold'.

In November she had the honour of presenting Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Zed Seselja with his Life Education Ambassador certificate at Telopea Park School.

Attending the presentation were Mr Jay Bacik, Chief Executive Officer of Life Education NSW, Ms Kerrie Blain, Principal Telopea Park School and Year Two students.

"The Navy has developed a strong relationship with Life Education Australia and raises much needed funds through the participation of our people in Ocsober activities. The work of Life Education Australia aligns with the healthy lifestyle education we provide our Navy people and through this local group we will be endeavouring to raise funds to educate ACT children in valuable life skills," she said.

Each October, members of the Royal Australian Navy put their will power to the test to reap health and lifestyle benefits. Hundreds of Navy members support Life Eductation's 'Ocsober' campaign which provides drug and health education to Australian children. Last year Navy people across Australia participated fun and energetic events to raise awareness and funds.

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