I Am A Boat Person

What you need to know:

  • I Am A Boat Person is a Sydney-based charity built by a small group of young university students in 2013. I started volunteering with the group from its inception as Communications Officer, then went on to become Communications Manager until 2016.
  • My role at IAABP included managing social media platforms, formulating marketing and campaign strategies, content production, and representing IAABP at events.

I Am A Boat Person

Since its inception in 2013, I volunteered for local NSW refugee support charity I Am A Boat Person, working first as Communications Officer under the direction of designer Anne Robinson, and subsequently as Communications Manager from 2014-16. I managed a growing team of enthusiastic volunteers, working closely with them to form marketing strategies across IAABP’s varied social media platforms, creating high quality editorial and visual content, designing and maintaining the IAABP website, and maintaining a consistently approachable personality for the charity.

Digital media Content designed for iaabp

I worked closely with the Director and Projects Manager to ensure that our charitable work was communicated accurately across all platforms, as well as formulating new ways to convey the stories and experiences of refugees in detention across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I also liaised with representatives from other businesses and organisations to form collaborations, such as the Technology for Change program in partnership with Menai High School, as well as planning local events, such as IAABP’s #UOWLostChildren initiative in partnership with Amnesty International UOW. I also contributed to the IAABP website blog, writing an article titled Time For Some True Blue Compassion.

Technology for Change at Menai High School. Featuring Projects Manager James Treacy, Director Daniel Heycox, and Communications Manager Gemma Jamison.
Technology for Change at Menai High School. Featuring Projects Manager James Treacy, Director Daniel Heycox, and Communications Manager Gemma Jamison.
#UOWLostChildren Campaign- graphics & action at the event

In past years working as IAABP’s Communications Offier, I participated in an online debate moderated by Vibewire as a panelist representing the organisation on the subject of asylum seeker policy and immigration in Australia with fellow panelists Joe Hildebrand from the Daily Telegraph, and Sara Saleh and Graeme McGregor from Amnesty International. I also represented the organization as a Facilitator at the Sutherland Shire Amplify Youth Leadership forum.

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