Pictured: Playing the 'Elevator Pitch' game at the end of year celebration event. Photo by Charlie Jones. 

 

Blog by Xanthe Turner 

 

On the 10th of December 2018, Peel Bright Minds held their End of Year Celebration at Make Place in Mandurah. Despite bring a relatively new organisation, Peel Bright Minds has already had an incredibly positive impact on our community, which in itself is an achievement worth celebrating.

Since launching in February 2018, Peel Bright Minds has had 6 stalls at community festivals, and have created 15 new ESTEAM events, including film screenings, talks, workshops, live shows, the ESTEAM Awards, and much more. I attended some of these events myself, met wonderful and inspirational people, and have learned so much as a result.

The End of Year Celebration included moving speeches from Charlie Jones (Peel Bright Minds’ amazing Program Coordinator) and Paddi Creevey, the Chair of the Peel Development Commission. Charlie thanked a lot of people in her speech, but I think it is us who should be thanking her (and everyone else involved with Peel Bright Minds) for truly inspiring a curious community.

 

'One of the great things about Peel Bright Minds is that, as well as inspiring the community, their events bring together a diverse range of people who are all interested in helping to shape and improve the world in their own unique ways.'

 

After the speeches, Charlie Jones led a team-based improvisation/problem solving game, with entertaining results. The game was called Elevator Pitch (created by Perth-based company Skills of the Modern Age), and it was a great way to encourage people to think outside the box, have a laugh, and get to know each other.

Everyone enjoyed amazing catering by Sunbreakers. There was so much food I couldn’t possibly have tasted everything, but it all looked appetizing. The quiche and spring rolls were especially delicious, and I was pleased to note that none of the platters boasted truffles (see my previous blog to learn more about food science and my not-yet acquired taste for truffles).

Towards the end of the evening, we met Australian Medical Scientist of the Year award winner, Robyn Devenish. Robyn was kind enough to show us blood samples through her microscope, and talk to us about monocytes, haemoglobin, and how to interpret lab results to diagnose different illnesses. She even showed us some case studies. Robyn Devenish is an inspirational woman, who has spent many years living in Cambodia, saving the lives of countless children through her passion for clinical haematology. She even received a gold medal from the King of Cambodia for her dedication, and for the huge differences she has made to Cambodian hospitals, laboratories, and lives. I am grateful to have been able to talk with Robyn and to learn from her, and I wish her all the best with her future endeavours.

Actually, every person I spoke with that night was remarkable and interesting, each for their own individual reasons. One of the great things about Peel Bright Minds is that, as well as inspiring the community, their events bring together a diverse range of people who are all interested in helping to shape and improve the world in their own unique ways. Being in a room with a large group of such people is magical.

I had an awesome night talking to people I knew, and meeting people I didn’t (yet) know at the Peel Bright Minds End of Year Celebration. I am looking forward to seeing what Peel Bright Minds has in store for 2019.

 

About the author: Xanthe Turner is an illustrator, publisher, and general bookworm. She loves drawing so much, she has developed callouses on her drawing hand. Xanthe plays guitar and piano (not at the same time) and her life goal is to befriend a sentient robot. You can learn more about Xanthe on her website, Turner Books.