Breakfast with Carmel

October 21, 2021 by Susana Wills-Johnson
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Perth’s Carmel School will host its third Business Breakfast next month bringing together the Perth business community for a morning with Richard Goyder, the current chairman of the AFL Commission.

Fred Chaney

The event Chair will be  Malcolm McCusker and the breakfast will take place at the State Reception Centre, in the grounds of Kings Park.

Ahead of the event, Fred Chaney took time to discuss his motivation for attending this event each year.

He said: “I attended the first Carmel Business Breakfast because of my deep respect and admiration for Mr Mark Leibler, who was the keynote.

I am indebted to Mark for his work with our Indigenous communities, which has benefitted so many. His messages about Indigenous matters are powerful.

Mark Leibler spoke at the Carmel Business Breakfast series in 2018  and 2019.

In 2020, the school hit pause on the series due to the pandemic and the response to the 2021 event has been very strong, with just under 250 tickets booked.

“I have booked again for 2021,” says Mr Chaney. “There are a number of reasons that I have returned to this event each time it has run. Primarily, I am keen to support the Perth Jewish Community. Discrimination of any kind is repugnant in my view, and I stand in solidarity with any community that experiences it, as is, unfortunately, the case with the Jewish community who must still deal with antisemitism. I also admire the School for its academic excellence, the students I have met have been impressive and I think the Principal is terrific,” he said. “My positive association with the Perth Jewish community extends back to the early 1960s when I formed relationships with two outstanding lawyers who went on to have distinguished careers and were strong supporters of Indigenous rights. I think there is a strong correlation between the meaning of homeland for the Jewish population and Indigenous Australians and I find this an interesting similarity between the cultures,” added Mr Chaney.

Event host, Mr Jonathon Silbert, Carmel Foundation Chair, says “people register and attend this event for many and varied reasons and I really admire and am grateful for Mr Chaney’s reflections. The goal of our series is to bring to Perth speakers of note, adding to our business community a dialogue that allows for rich and deep knowledge transfer.” Mr Silbert added: “It is also our goal, as a community, to share our knowledge and expertise widely, to bring together people from broad backgrounds to discuss topics of common interest and to provide an opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas and networks.”

Limited tickets are still available for the November 9 event, with bookings available online here

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