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 Chris Aitken - Director

Over the past 15 years, Chris Aitken has gathered together over 800 songs written and sung by Australian school children, many from remote Indigenous communities from around Australia.

Some of these songs, around 200, have been illustrated and published in book form and where appropriate, translated into community Indigenous language.

He is currently working on a songbook that truly represents the original lyrics, music and artwork of Australian children. The songs come from all cultural backgrounds in a variety of educational settings, also taking in some of Australia’s remote primary/secondary schools.

Everywhere Chris goes, he encourages people to write and sing their own music, which he then records onto CD.  He’s had some astounding results, particularly with Indigenous children, children at risk and with special needs kids and adults of all ages and from all educational settings and cultural backgrounds.

Chris has come to the conclusion that through this process, there is an incredible opportunity to connect people together in a unique way, to develop kindness, integrity and wisdom, transcend the barriers between cultures and religions, to create a more tolerant understanding world and to give all the opportunity to be part of a “Universal approach to Education”.

Chris has worked with young offenders in juvenile justice centres, and recently completed a project with 14 remote schools in the NT. The “Long Song," an initiative in 6 schools to support the “Long Walk” (7.30 report) and a community project with 28 elder women in their 80’s and 90’s in his local community launched on ABC country radio. In 2010 .

Chris worked in 5 Victorian community schools that had been affected by the fires of 2009. Each school wrote their own community musical using their original music. In 2011 Chris embarked on a music literacy pilot program called "Musical Conversations". This program investigated the link between music voice, art, film and its connection to literacy  outcomes for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

In 2011/2012, Chris worked with all the young seekers of Asylum, "aged 5 to 18 from the Darwin detention facility in 3 educational settings using this 'Music for Literacy" program to facilitate ESL and EFL outcomes.

Throughout 2013/2014, Chris lived in Fitzroy Crossing working in partnership with the Dept of Education WA and the ACMF (The Australian Children's Music Foundation to empower young children through music. Many of the students he worked with, (1 in 5) were affected by FASD, (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). Music became an important factor in the lives of these young people.

Chris, along with his daughter Holly, founded Fly For Health in 2015 after witnessing for themselves the enormous benefits and potential it had on the community after she and her husband brought their flying trapeze to Fitzroy Crossing taught people to Fly.


  Holly Shoar - Project Manager

Holly is a teacher (Violin, Flying trapeze, Yogalates & Aerial yoga), mother to two very energetic children, wife, business owner/manager and likes to take on anything that inspires her to be a better person. FFH is Holly's passion and to be able to work alongside her Husband Steen who is the head instructor at Fly Factory is really a dream come true. Being able to collaborate and do what we both love, makes us able to love what we do! Holly's passions also lie in event management. From school fairs to festivals and productions at Fly Factory Holly is constantly inspiring and being inspired. 


 Tim Brewin - Chair

Tim is currently the managing partner of Tim Brewin & Associates.Prior to that he was a Principal Consultant at world renowned search firm Heidrick & Struggles, managing the IT&T and CIO portfolios. Tim has over 30 years’ experience within the ICT industry, focused specifically on building business-focused IT leadership and consulting teams. He has held senior sales and general management roles at NCR, Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and Hewlett Packard. At HP, he led the infrastructure and application consulting division, directing approximately 2,500 staff to deliver US$800 million annually in revenue across the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to his ICT experience, Tim established a highly successful Management Consultancy Practice at Davidson Trahaire in the mid-nineties, which specialised in executive assessment and coaching services.

As Chair of Fly For Health, Tim brings overall business management and clarity as well being a passionate advocate for community not for profit run programs Tim is excited to be a part of Fly for Health.


  Lisa Westlake

Lisa Westlake is a physiotherapist, fitness instructor,  and a highly regarded national and international presenter. She combines her passion for womens health, circus, family health and fitness to provide fun, unique programs and fitness classes people of all ages and fitness levels. 

Lisa was awarded Australian Fitness Leader of the year in 2000, Fitness Presenter of the year in 2003 and Fitness Author of the year in 2009.  In 2013 she was honoured the Fitness Australia award for Outstanding contribution to the fitness industry.

Lisa lectures at Melbourne and Monash University, MCs a range of Melbourne fitness runs and events and promotes community health through her involvement in media, editorials and frequent segment on ABC radio.   She is an Australian best selling fitness author and has produced 7 fitness DVDs.  

 


Paul Erskine