Mob. 0408 299 981
Email: simon.reeves81 @gmail.com
National Training Coordinator
Mob 0429 448090
Pace e Bene Australia also has a National Coordinating Committee made up of representatives from several states in which it has a presence. Please feel free to contact your local representative:
Simon Moyle – Co-Convenor
Mob 0402 857 915
Bob Myers – Treasurer
Mob: 0408 541152
H 03 9592 5247
New South Wales:
Gill Burrows – Secretary
H 02 9922 2927 mob 0417 487135
Carole Powell – Co-convenor
H 07 5498 5247
Don Reid Mob:
Mob 0417 948 141
Email: dbreid @hotlinks.net.au
Email: keegan_brice @hotmail.com
About Simon, Brendan and the members of the coordinating group:
Brendan McKeague has been associated with Pace E Bene since 1994 and has worked to spread their ‘good news’ around Australia and overseas for the past ten years. Brendan lives in Perth and works as a ‘professional peace-maker’, facilitating nonviolent processes such as Open Space Technology, Restorative Justice, Appreciative Inquiry and designing retreats, conferences and training programs. Brendan also accompanies long-term male offenders in their various life transitions.
Bob gained his experience for the job as the former Director of Brophy Family & Youth Services in his home town of Warrnambool. He is supposed to be a retired counselor, mediator and author but that only means he no longer gets paid. Bob did a FVTW course three years ago and has since facilitated three courses as part of his involvement with the local Catholic Social Justice Group. He became involved with Pace e Bene at the gathering at Pallotti in November 2005. Bob is the treasurer of Pace e Bene Australia.
Dale began his involvement with Pace e Bene Australia in 2007 by helping to organise the Melbourne events of John Dear’s speaking tour. His first nonviolence training courses were with the Quakers (Movement for a New Society) in the early 1970s. He attended the Pace e Bene National Gathering in Adelaide in 2008 and became part of the coordinating Group at that time. Dale is retired, but is active with the Quaker Peace and Social Justice (Testimonies) Committee of Australia Yearly Meeting and Pax Christi, Victoria.
Gill attended Brendan’s first Sydney From Violence To Wholeness workshop in 2001 and was immediately ‘hooked’. Recognising her need to live nonviolently and the importance of encouraging the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence in every area of life, Gill volunteered to help set up PeBA and currently serves as secretary to the coordinating group. Gill is also one of the team who facilitates PeBA workshops and retreats around NSW. Gill is mainly retired but works a little part time. She is also a member of Pax Christi and is involved with other peace and justice activities in Sydney.
Carole has been passionate about social justice for many years but a novice in active nonviolence. Her eyes were opened in the FVTW programme with Brendan and further with the gathering at Pallotti in 2005. As she begin to recognise the violence she commits in many ways in her daily life she embraces her commitment to working on changing herself. She looks forward to undertaking that journey with the like-minded souls of this universe.
Don is a retired GP, married to Carol who is an Anglican priest, lives in the southwest of WA, and has taken part in many peace activities since the 1960s, including a protest pilgrimage during Lent 2009. He heard of PeBA in about 2005 via email networks. He retired in 2009, and since meeting some PeBA members at the Prophet School in Adelaide that year, offered to join the committee to see what they get up to!
Keegan, in his mid twenties, spent a year exploring spirituality and social action in Melbourne including via interfaith, global work with ‘Initiatives of Change’ with people from very troubled regions. There too he joined an intentional community (‘Jahwork’) living amongst the ‘poor’, and developed a passion for and felt a strong call to public peace and justice work. Having returned to Adelaide to study social work, continue as a youth worker and inspire others in the journey of non violence, he recently held an ecumenical peace vigil outside a defence expo, acted in a short film about homelessness, and helped promote the recent visit of nonviolent practitioner John Dear.
Simon, lives in the suburb of Doveton with his wife Kaylene and 1yr old son Barwon. As a social worker he has worked with many whom are marginalized and disadvantaged in society. Largely influenced by Fr John Dear’s visit in 2007, Simon has since been participating in and running nonviolent training sessions and workshops. He is active in the peace movement, engaging in acts of nonviolent direct action to resist war, however sees some of his most important work in growing vegetables in his garden! As Peace Associate for Pace e Bene Simon works to support and promote nonviolence training at the grass-root levels in communities around Australia.