Four Pillars Book Launch
On Thursday 22 April, we had the pleasure of holding the official launch of the VCI Four Pillars Book Series at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Co-chair of Centrecare’s Reconciliation Action Plan group, Patrick Smith opened the event by formally acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which the event was held, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. Founder of the Valuing Children Initiative and Director of Centrecare, Adjunct Professor Tony Pietropiccolo AM then spoke about the history and progress of the Valuing Children Initiative, including why it is so important that we continue to work creatively and collaboratively to ensure all children have the supports and opportunities they need to flourish. Professor Fiona Stanley AC took to the stage to provide a charming review of the books and to express her heartfelt and ongoing support of the important work of the Valuing Children Initiative. The event was closed by Natalie Caudle, the author of the books, who shared details of her creative process and the alignment of values and vision between herself, illustrator Aleisha Zappia and the Valuing Children Initiative, that resulted in the development of the Four Pillar book series.
We were also lucky enough to be joined by a number of distinguished guests – see who you can make out in the crowd!