The combination of Keenan Mundine’s talk and the screening of Prison Songs was well received at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre.
Keenan was able to instantly connect by sharing his own experiences. Keenan’s life story was inspirational to all those that attended in that he was able to give hope that it is possible to change your life.
Martina Gavin - Manager Through Care │ Borallon Training and Correctional Centre
“I worked with Keenan to reduce to systemic barriers to employment that people with criminal records might face. Keenan was truly inspiring in this space. He brings a hard-won understanding of the real life impacts that the justice system can have on a person, but also understands the legislative and policy environment that we are operating within. Keenan’s passion for improving the system is abundant and a he great inspiration for many.”
Caitlin Calder-Potts - National Coordinator Influence and Evidence – Community Programs at Australian Red Cross Society
During 2017, Serco Australia launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and designed its first diversionary program for Aboriginal youth caught up in the Justice system. We turned to Keenan Mundine for support.
As an Aboriginal man with lived experience of the Justice system, his input was invaluable and enabled us to design a culturally appropriate rehabilitation model and one that would truly resonate with our future residents. He then opened Serco’s RAP launch with a powerful and motivating Acknowledgement of Country reminding us all why it is so vital that as a corporate company we continue to support and empower Aboriginal people and businesses, both socially and economically.
Keenan is intelligent, passionate and sincere. He is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to many more collaborations in the future.
Lana Sandas - Head of Rehabilitation and Reintegration, Serco Australia
I was privileged to watch Keenan Mundine give one of his first speeches at Parliament House, Canberra, and found his speech very moving. I’ve since collaborated with Keenan on several news stories and events, and have always found him great to work with: professional, friendly, and 100% dedicated to drawing on his own experience to create a more just world for other young Indigenous people.
Prison Songs was received attentively by those who attended. Everyone was deeply listening and viewing this documentary whilst also responding to some of the humour involved.
Keenan’s talk was heartfelt and he really put all his emotion into his personal story. When I looked around the room everyone was very focused on what he had to say. When he was talking about what he went through he put all the things that we learn in criminology and turned it into a reality. As a personal response it makes me want to help in anyway I can to put an end to this cycle.
Both the documentary and Keenan addresses all the issues of what Indigenous people face not just in prison but in everyday life. Also Keenan sharing what he does for his work highlighted diversionary options that can address this cycle.”
Samantha Sciberras - UNSW Criminology Society
Prison Songs screening achieved a great response from the Stage 1 participants and Keenan’s story and message was inspirational. The Centre is very appreciative of Keenan’s visit and offer of ongoing support. Staff members who were unable to attend have borrowed the DVD to watch in their own time, which will increase understanding of the challenges our Indigenous people face. Overall, the experience was highly valued. Many thanks, and keep up the important work!
Denise Constantinou - M. Psych (Forensic) | MAPS Senior Psychologist | Compulsory Drug Treatment Programme, Corrective Services
Keenan Mundine is a remarkable man. We were fortunate enough to meet approximately 3 years ago through Good Pitch Australia. I distinctly remember our first conversation – he was clear, strong and honest. He told his story of exceptional hardship as a child but his focus was always on what he needed to do for his community – his people. He spoke of the need to speak out for those who had been silenced, but more importunity, to help find their voice and then to listen. Keenan’s expertise is his deep understanding of the justice system and the cracks that continue to allow young aboriginal people to fall through. He has a voice that needs to be heard and a plan that will see others like him reclaim their life beyond the bars.
Susie Meagher - Lawyer & Impact Producer
Keenan Mundine is a remarkable young man. He has overcome many adversities with patience, courage and determination. I have seen him in many environments, including working as a charismatic youth worker in Eastern Sydney, speaking at the University of NSW, and as the guest speaker for Amnesty International – holding all spellbound with his story.
As a judge it is very unusual to write a testimonial. However given my unique knowledge of his situation and his achievements, it would be unfair not to share that insight into the man he is today.
J R Dive - Senior Judge Drug Court of NSW
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