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Foundation exec hailed as ‘National Families Week 2021 Champion’

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Blue Knot Foundation’s Dr Cathy Kezelman has become a Champion for National Families Week 2021 – Australia’s celebration of the importance of families.

National Families Week is held annually from 15 May to 21 May (coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families on 15 May).

The aim of the week-long celebration is to highlight the vital role that families play in Australian society. The theme ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’ highlights the importance of families to communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in registered events around Australia, illustrating the importance of families within the community. Events are being held in regional communities as well as in every capital city in Australia. The diversity of events reflects the diversity of the Australian community.

Dr Brian Babington, CEO of Families Australia, said: “the challenges of the past year have underlined the fundamental importance of families to society, communities and to us as individuals. Whatever form they take and in all their marvellous diversity, families need nurturing, respect and support. National Families Week is a great time to reflect on and take action to further strengthen our families.”

Dr Cathy Kezelman expressed her excitement for being involved in such a celebration.

“Recent bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of connection and support. Whether it’s your family of origin, the family you have created or the people you choose to have around you, reach out, stay connected and find the support you need and deserve.

“Connection and support are a vital component of the work that we do at Blue Knot, which is why we are excited to support National Families Week. Through this week and right through the year, we reach out and foster the support networks which people with complex trauma experiences need to heal and recover.” Dr Kezelman said.

National Families Week is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that families, across the lifespan, are integral to our society.

National Families Week is run by Families Australia, a national member-based not-for-profit organisation that supports family and child wellbeing.