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Dr. Suchy is taking time out to research and write.

Sherene is available for talks on KEEPSAKES, which was launched in 2016.

Copies of the book are now lodged with the Smithsonian Museum Studies collection in Washington DC, the Oregon Historical Society in Portland Oregon USA, and the National Library of Australia. 

Feedback from families has been very positive, KEEPSAKES arrived at just the right time to help us sort our collection of ‘stuff’ for estate planning. Thank you!

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New Publication 2016

KEEPSAKES: Memoir on the ‘museum of you’ & estate planning  

A personal guide for families about the “stuff” and “stories” they want to share with the next generation (family or museum). The memoir combines Dr. Sherene Suchy’s experience as a Social Worker and co-executor for a family estate with insights from nearly 100 interviews with families plus specialists in estate and heritage management. In eight chapters, Sherene provides a framework for families to work through the emotional work of estate management using museums as role models for the ‘museum of you’ at home. Along the way, we discover the true meaning of inheritance and how provenance  (an heirloom’s life story) can become the ‘first page’ of a much bigger story.

Author Talks:

March    Kangara Waters (IRT) -- Canberra
April      Old Treasury Building – Melbourne
June      Heraldry & Genealogy Society – Canberra
June      Asia Book Room – Canberra
Sept      Heritage Library -- Canberra

Exhibition - 2016
An exhibition of Sherene Suchy’s 24 photographic collages was held the Belconnen Community Service gallery capturing art in public spaces in Belconnen, West Belconnen, and Straithnairn to celebrate Belconnen’s 50th birthday. Belco has a ‘hidden’ collection of art — if you know where and how to look: graffiti, wall mosaics, stainless steel sculpture, wind poles, wall murals, water features, and more. The exhibition featured Suchy’s unique way of ‘looking’ with original hand cut colour photographic collages displayed as limited edition posters. Ten percent of poster sales was donated to the Community Arts Program at Belconnen Community Service. The project was made possible with a grant from Belconnen Community Council.

In June 2015, the Council on the Ageing - COTA ACT and U3A -- hosted Dr. Suchy’s lunchtime talk on ‘Breaking the Grey Ceiling: Bending the Barriers to Mature Age Employment’. The talk was based on a Stage 1 social action research project completed by Dr. Suchy for COTA ACT exploring recruitment agency attitudes to mature age workers. The Stage 2 research was completed in August and featured interviews with 22 people about their experience working age 55+. Both projects formed the base for an upcoming ‘employment & mentoring project’ and the publication Age Doesn’t Matter.
Contact COTA ACT for further information – 02 6282 3777.

New Publication 2015
Age Doesn’t Matter: Guidebook for The (55+) Working Journey (2015)

Finally, a guidebook for mature age people travelling on their working journey! The guide features 20 stories shared by travellers age 55+, encouragement from directors of Canberra based recruitment agencies, and tips from managers of intergenerational teams. The guidebook is based on two social action research projects completed by Dr. Sherene Suchy for the Council on the Ageing in the ACT. There are five chapters with ‘signposts’ to guide anyone on their working journey – no matter what age!
Keywords: Work, Career Planning, Mentoring, and Mature Age

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Workshop 2015
The ACT Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers hosted Dr. Suchy and Staying In-Balance: Workshop on Resilience & Wellbeing on April 13 at the Australian Catholic University in the Blackfriars Building, Room B6. The 60-minute workshop introduced: the Resilience Triangle and the Tripod for Support.

Exhibition 2015
The 8th People’s Choice Exhibition opened on May 17th at Strathnairn Arts in Holt, ACT. This was the third time Sherene has entered SQUARES with a photo collage celebrating the healing power of beauty.

New Publication 2014
In Balance: Workbook on Resilience & Wellbeing (2014)

With over 40 university campuses across Australia, there are thousands of students (and staff) who will benefit from the nurturing insights about resilience and wellbeing found in In Balance. This is a unique offering in the genre of resilience references based on Dr. Suchy’s 'immersion' as a student counsellor with universities in Australia. Written in a conversational style, Dr. Suchy shares stories about the stuff of life that pushes students out of balance and introduces the Resilience Triangle she designed to support students on their journey to wellbeing. There are seven short chapters with reflective exercises and ‘real life’ stories that provide hope and inspiration.
Keywords: Resilience. Social Work. Psychology. Mind Body.

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December 2014 - Conference - Adelaide
The 2014 conference for the International Education Association (ISANA) & the Australian New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) was held in Adelaide, Australia December 2-5. Dr. Suchy presented a 60-minute workshop on December 3rd titled: Staying In-Balance.

Click here for a direct link to: http://www.proceedings.com.au/isana/2014.html

September 2013 – March 2014
Time out to research and write a workbook on resilience and wellbeing.

April 2011 – Photo Collage Exhibition -- Canberra
Art for the Heart: Food for the Soul was the title of the solo exhibition at The God’s Café on the Australian National University campus - celebrating beauty and the immune system.

January 2010 – Photo Collage Exhibition -- Canberra
Hard Wired for Beauty was the title of the solo photo collage exhibition at The Belconnen Community Service Gallery - celebrating beauty and the immune system.

November 2009 – Workshop -- Canberra
Matching Stories to Heirlooms hosted by the Belconnen Arts Centre. Participants brought family treasures, stories, and learned how-to document provenance for family / museums.

August 2009 – Conference -- Melbourne
Families and Museums: Partnerships for Provenance presented at Talk About Town Conference hosted by State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Institute for Public History at Monash Uni.

July-December 2009 -- Oral History Project -- Canberra
Interviewer with the Before I Forget oral history project sponsored by the ACT Writer’s Centre.

April 2009 – Leadership Workshop -- USA
Hosted by The History Museum in Oregon to facilitate a workshop on leadership resilience.

August 2008 – Guest Lecture – Canberra
Guest lecture on EQ and leadership effectiveness for the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University based on a chapter in Museum Management and Marketing.

July 2008 – Conference – Perth
Paper and roundtable on leadership development for the Engendering Leadership conference hosted by the Business School at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

March 2008 – Book Review – Canberra
Review of Museum Marketing: Competing in the Global Marketplace by Ruth Rentschler and Anne-Marie Hede for March 2008 edition of Recollections - National Museum of Australia.

Click here for direct link to www.recollections.nma.gov.au

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