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HDY hosted a 'Faces of Change' portrait art exhibition as part of our commitment to social justice


30 March 2017

On the evening of 29 March 2017 His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, launched both Cana Enterprise and the Faces of Change portrait exhibition at Henry Davis York’s Rooftop Terrace.

Cana Enterprise is an initiative grown out of Cana Farm, a community farm at Orchard Hills that supports disadvantaged men and women through community, education and employment opportunities (see here). Cana Farm is itself an initiative of Cana Communities which has provided accommodation and a place of belonging for homeless men and women (particularly following lengthy periods in addiction and incarceration) for over 40 years. Cana Farm was recently a finalist in the Creighton University, Opus Prize Humanitarian Award, for ‘Restoring Hope and Lighting the Way Home’ (see here). 

The event commenced with an introduction by key supporter and guest of honour, the Governor of New South Wales. The Governor spoke of his involvement in Cana Communities and how corporations can support Social Enterprises in a way that enables sustainability and social entrepreneurship.   

His Excellency said "Linda and I are honoured to be Co-Patrons of Cana Communities and launch this remarkable portrait exhibition Faces of Change, by Artist Stuart Cook, featuring portraits of 10 Cana Farm employees.

Cana is a social enterprise which offers hope, a new life of purpose and, in the words of the Cana employees, a glimpse of a brighter future. Through transition skills training in horticulture, hospitality, carpentry and employment, Cana employees benefit with a soft landing place from the justice system, homelessness and a history of abuse or mental ill health. Cana is a place to be safe, and to learn, a place of personal growth, as well as of social and technical education - before open employment.

In the words of the passage in the Bible upon which Cana Farm is eponymously named, Cana Farm is, indeed, "performing something miraculous.""

Julie Sneddon, Community Leader, said "Cana is about reconnecting our humanity. It's about recognising the uniqueness within all of us and celebrating the differences. It is through our connectedness that we build a strong supportive community."

Kathy Merrick, Partner and Head of Corporate Responsibility, said "HDY is committed to making a responsible and meaningful contribution to the communities within which we operate. We were thrilled to host this event, sharing the stories of Cana employees, and supporting Cana Enterprise to spread the word about its important work and the role of community in that work."

Throughout the evening guests heard about the Art Therapy program, in which the men and women from Cana have participated, and heard stories from members of the Cana community who attended the event.

The guests on the night included an eclectic and exciting mix of people from Henry Davis York clients, the corporate sector, government and the community.

If you have any questions on this event, or Henry Davis York’s Community Program, please contact Kathy Merrick.