Dr Wendy Sarkissian is arguably Australia’s most experienced community planners. The author of four major books on planning, housing, and community engagement and recipient of over forty professional awards, she has pioneered innovative community engagement processes in most Australian states and territories over several decades. Educated in Arts, education and planning, Wendy holds a doctorate in professional ethics from Murdoch University. Wendy now lives in Vancouver, Canada.
In this interview, Engage 2 Act President & Co-Founder, Becky Hirst, chats with Wendy about bravery and courage in community engagement, particularly in relation to the inaugural Engage 2 Act Wendy Sarkissian Award for Courage in Community Engagement , Pang Jai Fabric Market in Hong Kong.
They reflect on a community driven approach to engagement where passion, love, courage, determination, strength and bravery are at the core, as well as the valuable lessons and insights they both learnt during the inaugural year of the courage award.
The interview includes a few giggles, some great quotes and many insights for any community engagement practitioner of interested other who needs reminding of why community engagement is so important.
To quote Wendy Sarkissian, "Community Engagement is a VERY serious business."