Meet the People

Meet the People

Individuals who decided that, 'Change begins with me.'

Many individuals touched by the ideals and philosophy of IofC have gone on to influence change in their communities, countries and beyond. In Australia, leaders have emerged from Indigenous, migrant and diaspora communities, who found that forgiveness and personal release from bitterness has promoted a cycle of positive action rippling out to touch many others. These are a sample of stories of change from individuals associated with IofC Australia, who took on board the message that, ‘Change begins with me.’

Change begins with me.

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Attending an IofCA workshop and then becoming a fulltime volunteer opened pathways to reflection and change in Alex.


Aya Ono participated in a Life Matters workshop in November 2019. The workshop had a deep impact on her life and she shares her thoughts.

Meena Sharma

Meena Sharma, human rights activist and peace builder; making a difference in the lives of women in conflict areas.


Ron Lawler reflects on his calling that followed from putting right a relationship in his own life before working for peace and reconciliation.


The Life Matters workshop Sudarshan attended in 2017 gave him much needed comfort and was the launch pad for a new path for life in Melbourne.


Electronics engineer and entrepreneur Nith Chittasy, a Lao émigré to Sydney, had a life-changing experience at his local milk bar.