Leaders learn from Young Australians of the Year

Our Housing Services tackle some tough social challenges in their everyday work with vulnerable members of our communities and they are constantly searching for innovative ways to create positive change.

Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider hosted an Executive Challenge Academy ‘Leadership and Innovation Breakfast’ recently, where special guest speakers Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patechett, spoke with attendees about their innovative and celebrated social initiative.

Nic and Lucas founded Orange Sky Laundry—the world’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless—in 2014. In 2016, they were named Young Australians of the Year.

They spoke with guests about connection, clean clothes, social enterprise, global expansion and Sudsy, the orange van that is Orange Sky Laundry. One of the key messages that resonated with attendees is that sometimes the simplest of ideas can have the greatest impact.

It was very inspiring to hear from two young leaders with a great (and somewhat crazy) idea, defy all odds and fuel their passion to achieve great success.

The Executive Challenge Academy is a community of leaders from diverse organisations across all sectors (government, corporate and social) who come together to connect and collaborate to create sustainable and future-proofed organisations and systems that work for communities.

Churches of Christ Housing Services was delighted to support and participate in the event. It was an opportunity to hear and discuss with Orange Sky about how social innovation can tackle some of our toughest social challenges.

Innovation and creating positive changes for our residents and the communities we serve is at the heart of what our Housing Services do everyday.


Posted September 15, 2016 in Our blog