Community Enthusiast and Chief Hugger
BSocSci (Community Development), Dip Social Innovation, Dip Community Services (Youth Work), Dip Journalism (Freelance)
Dee Brooks Director of Jeder Institute, Pathways to Leadership, is a passionate and highly energetic community engagement and development consultant who provides strengths based training and workshops and professional facilitation and keynote addresses for conferences, forums and events.
Dee is an International Faculty Member of the ABCD Institute based at Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A., a Steward of the international ABCD in Action Network and a founding member of the Unconference.
Based on a decade of grassroots work with the Family Action Centre (FAC) at the University of Newcastle, Dee has trained and presented to thousands of people at hundreds of events and workshops. Dee’s background is in youth work, community research and community development and she is a firm believer in the power of tapping into the collective wisdom of a community to strengthen and build on what’s already there.
Dee provides consultancy, training and workshops for a range of services, organisations and government departments and is able to additionally assist with community inclusive strategic planning based on the following methodologies:
- Asset-based Community Development
- Person Centred, Community Driven
- Participatory Leadership
Dee also provides professional facilitation for large-scale conferences, forums and events and facilitates and hosts small to medium size groups using the following practices:
- Art of Hosting
- Flow Game
For more than a decade, Dee has provided consultancy, training and workshops to a diverse range of services, organisations and government departments, as follows:
Services and organisations:
- Youth development services
- Community and family work agencies
- Health and well-being centres
- Special interest groups (e.g. equine therapy groups)
- Indigenous communities
- Aged care providers
- Community action groups
- Volunteer organisations
- Local inter-agencies
- Disability service providers
- Homelessness service providers
- Early childhood intervention services
- Neighbourhood and Community centres
- Disaster management services
- Department of Family and Community Services
- Department of Human Services
- Australian Emergency Management Institute
- Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
- Department of Local Government
- Defence Community Organisation (Australian Defence Force)
- Department of Education (primary, secondary and tertiary)
- Department of Health
- Department of Primary Industries
Dee’s workshops on effective community engagement and development draw on her stories, lessons and experience from the wide range of training and facilitation she has provided, and her grass roots work with communities, which all enable her to offer flexible and tailored services according to the audience.
Dee has been invited to give keynote addresses at conferences throughout Australia and her work in this area is rapidly increasing. Dee has co-facilitated ABCD National Training with a range of national and international ABCD facilitators including Peter Kenyon (Bank of IDEAS), Jody Kretzmann (ABCD Institute), Jim Diers (Neighbor Power), Ted Smeaton (Inspiring Communities), Judi Geggie (FAC), Mary Nelson (New Bethel) and Mike Green (ABCD for Inclusion).
Dee has been a project coordinator and community researcher who has worked directly on a range of projects that have adopted Asset-based Community Development and strengths-based practice including; supporting caravan park residents, engaging community groups and building school community partnerships.
Dee has also been a tutor for an undergraduate course on community engagement, which includes a focus on the strengths perspective and ABCD, to students from a wide range of disciplines including social work, allied health, nursing, education, architecture, science, communication, construction management and psychology.