IofC Mentoring Program

Initiatives of Change (IofC) is pleased to offer its mentoring program to volunteers, program participants, members and those in our network.

Within IofC, we see mentoring as a way of encouraging individuals to find their own calling or life’s purpose, to pursue it in keeping with the leading of their inner voice, and to learn the skills and spiritual disciplines to do that. Our purpose is to develop spiritually led leaders and change makers within the community.

IofC has a large number of diverse and interesting mentors. Some have been full-time IofC workers whilst others have had careers across a range of industries and have been involved in IofC in different ways. They all have been change makers in their own right, have a lot of valuable wisdom to share and are here to support you in achieving your goals.

An IofC mentor’s role is two-fold:

  • Firstly, to provide spiritual, emotional and psychological support; and
  • Secondly, to provide coaching as well as to suggest challenging assignments and opportunities for growth

IofC mentors seek to develop the leadership skills of individuals, which can then be employed in the wider community to initiate change.

The IofC mentoring program is flexible. You and your mentor will decide how often and for how long you want to see each other, so the program is flexible and works with your needs.

If you are interested in learning more about the IofC mentoring program or are interested in being paired with a mentor, please see their biodata below and contact Rajinder Atwal on

Jim Beggs went to work on the Melbourne waterfront at the age of 21, where the country’s most militant union held sway. Little did he know that, in 20 years’ time, he would be elected its President, bringing peace to an industry plagued with division. Read More.

Jean Brown embarked on a peripatetic life after leaving medical studies, having received a call to ‘be a different sort of doctor’ when she was 21.  Over the past 50 years, she has designed and developed many IofC programs. Read More.

Mike Brown has worked with IofC since his student days, including 15 years in India and nine years in America, as well as periods in Cambodia and South Sudan.  After the 1992 race riots in Los Angeles, Mike helped launch the Hope in the Cities program, which promoted ‘honest conversations on race, reconciliation and responsibility’ in 12 American cities. Read More.

Barbara Lawler is a human resources and industrial relations professional who worked in the media industry for more than 20 years, including periods at Fairfax media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Read More.

John Mills took a year off medical studies to take an IofC play to a miners’ strike at Mount Isa in outback Queensland, Australia. One year became 50, as the healing and life-changing experiences he witnessed convinced him that IofC had something important to contribute to individuals and society. Read More.

Cheryl Wood won a scholarship to Ballarat Teachers College in country Victoria, Australia, then worked as a trained infant teacher in a disadvantaged city area. With husband Rob, she hosted a residential community at Armagh in Melbourne for 28 years, welcoming diaspora and community leaders through its doors. Read More.

Rob Wood coordinated the Life Matters leadership program for young people for 23 years and, with partner Cheryl, hosted the residential community at ‘Armagh’ for 28 years. A talented musician, singer and songwriter, he has composed and scripted musical reviews and participated in international traveling shows. Read More.

Liz Weeks trained as a nurse at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, then resigned to participate in a musical review that travelled India on the invitation of Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma. She is a Creators of Peace facilitator and has run Peace Circles and IofC training events in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Read More.