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Chaplain's Chat, 30th September 2020

On Tuesday 22nd September, we held the “Gen Z Men’s Breakfast.” In its previous incarnation, this has been titled “It’s a Male World” or simply the “Year 9 Boys Breakfast.” We thought that it was appropriate to revisit the title this year – and this was what we decided upon.  

The breakfast revolves around the importance of male role models in the life of our male students. This is not to minimise the importance of indispensable female role models. The two are equally as important. As our Year 9 ‘boys’ mature into young men, they move to a place where they are making more and more important life decisions for themselves. The way that they make these decisions is crucial as many of the things that will transpire in their lives will be a direct result of the decisions they make. We all know that making the right decisions in life is not easy and we can make decisions that are wrong or that we later regret. 

 As such, have significant role models in our lives, an d being able to by talk with them, see how they live their life, or by following their example, is really important. It is with this in mind that we give our Year 9 male students the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker talk about issues surrounding manhood in today’s world, and to do that in the company of a significant male in their life; be they father, step-father, grandfather, uncle or some other male adult that they respect.

Our guest speaker this year was Mr Kevin Campbell AM. For 35 years, Mr Campbell has been at the forefront of technology, management and strategic planning through an extensive and diverse career in the broadcasting industry in Australia.  During his time, he has held many senior positions, including a three-year term as Managing Director of the Seven Network (then Australian Television Network).  From 1991 to 1999, he was Chairman and Managing Director of TVW Enterprises Ltd (Channel Seven Perth).  

 He pursues an active and varied community leadership role. He has held many honorary board positions including the chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, The Order of Australia Association, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, a member of Edith Cowan University Council and was the inaugural patron/mentor for recruits at the Western Australian Police Academy. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998 for his contribution to broadcasting and his community service activities. 

 In December 2000, he was appointed Chairman of The Lotteries Commission of Western Australia (now Lotterywest). He was the inaugural chairman of Western Australian Soccer Association Ltd, (now Football West) to lead soccer in Western Australia. He was a Member of the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Western Australian Olympic Council Fundraising Committee.  

Mr Campbell is an active member of St Christopher’s Anglican Church, City Beach. Kevin is married to Joy and has two children and six grandchildren. His son, Peter, is head of Fox Sports.  Kevin is a really down to earth, humble , friendly and man who does not hold any ‘airs and graces.’ He had us all engrossed in the many stories and experiences of his life. 

Kevin’s talk was well received by all. We thank him for giving up his time to be with us!

Rev Dave