Author Archives: Margaret Louey

February 04

Ending and New Beginnings

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”                                                                  ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Transitions always bring some level of […]

December 13

Stolen Generations

Between 1910 – 1970, over 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families by the Australian government. These children are known as the Stolen Generations.  The children were taken from their mothers and placed into institutions for care.  Most families were affected in more than one generation with the removal […]

November 30

Pump Hard and Fast

Typically 10% of people who suffer from cardiac arrests outside a hospital will survive.  The survival rate is improved to 35% if a bystander witnesses the event, calls for an ambulance and performs CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation).  Last year, the median arrival time for ambulances in Victoria was 7.8 minutes.  Every minute where CPR is performed increases the patient survival rate.  In Victoria, approximately 8,000 […]

November 16


The moment of 10am on November 15th in 2017 will be permanently etched into my mind for the rest of my life.  That was the time that the results of the Australian same sex marriage plebiscite was announced.  I was so scared that it would turn out to be another earth stopping Brexit or Trump-type […]

October 26

See Yup Temple

There have been many times when I wished my knowledge in Chinese traditions matched my physical appearance.  However, truth is that I grew up in a country town in South Western Victoria and didn’t really have strong interactions with my Chinese heritage, except visiting my grandparents and relatives on school holidays.  This past weekend presented one of […]

September 30

Eat ’em Alive

It’s been a huge day for Tiger supporters. We’ve finally won the premiership after a 37 year hiatus.  I managed to obtain a grand final ticket so was able to watch the game at the MCG.  It was an amazing experience.  I’ve just gotten home from roaming around Tiger town (Richmond) after the game.  There […]

September 24

Play group, Bush Medicine and Aunty Joy

Last week, I visited two Save the Children offices in South Australia.  Most of the week was spent at the state office in Adelaide, but I took a day trip to the Ceduna office, which sits on the southern coast about 800km north west of Adelaide.  The flight was about 90 mins each way.  While […]

September 07

Go Tiges!

I have been a Richmond (Tigers) fan ever since I was a little kid. I was brain-washed by my older cousins after the 1974 premiership.  My father was not happy with that since he was a North Melbourne supporter, but there really was no choice.  How do you not barrack for the team who had […]

September 04

Hook Turns

Nearly all interstate and international visitors driving in Melbourne central business district (CBD) are completely bewildered by and utterly fearful of performing a hook turn, which is a right hand turn taken from the left hand lane.  Just to clarify, Australians drive on the left hand side of the road, so a right hand turn […]

August 10

What is a Plebiscite?

Same-sex marriage is legal in the following countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Uruguay, New Zealand, France, Brazil, England, Wales, Scotland, Columbia, Luxembourg, United States, Greenland, Ireland, Finland, Slovenia and Germany. However, same-sex marriage is not allowed in Australia, even though a huge majority of Australians support it.  […]

July 23

First Impressions

It’s been an intense first week on my PULSE assignment. I started in the Australian Programs department of Save the Children Australia (SCA)* on Monday.  I have been tasked with helping the Strategy and Growth group with governance, operating model and business systems improvements.  The timing of my arrival couldn’t have been any better.  There […]

July 13

Homecoming Rituals and Jetlagged Ramblings

There are so many places that I’ve called “home”; the most significant ones include: Warrnambool (where I was born and lived for the first 17 years of my life), Chapel Hill (where I have been living for the past 17 years; and more importantly where my wife and son are while I’m on my Pulse […]

June 10

Before the Beginning

“Each beginning is the end of a waiting. We are each given exactly one chance to be.  Each of us is both impossible and inevitable.  Every replete tree was first a seed that waited.”   An excerpt from “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren As I prepare for commencing my PULSE assignment, I have been reflecting on what […]