All parents, carers and adult members of the wider WCCS community are welcome to attend this informative seminar.

Wednesday, 6th May from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in R Block.

We have invited chief inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM (rtd) to be our keynote speaker on the night. Gary is a retired Chief Inspector of the New South Wales Police Force in Sydney. Prior to joining the police, he was an Ambulance Officer with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales and he now serves as a passionate campaigner and educator in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention.

As a member of the Police Rescue Squad, Gary performed over 1,500 rescues including 1,000 motor vehicle collision rescues, 200 cliff rescues, and 200 suicide negotiations at heights such as cliffs, buildings, bridges, roofs and towers. He also performed industrial and domestic rescues. He conducted searches both on land, air and sea whilst working as crew on the police helicopter. Gary has also performed duty at numerous siege and barricade situations as well. Gary attended and dealt with many identified explosive devices.

Gary performed duty at the Granville Train Disaster, Thredbo Landslide Disaster, the Newcastle Earthquake, Luna Park Ghost Train Fire and Hilton Hotel Bombing. He also worked on the Manly Ferry collision case, Nurse Anita Cobby’s murder, Member of Parliament John Newman’s assassination, Cyclone Larry in North Queensland and the Boxing Day Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka. Gary has received a number of awards for his bravery displayed during rescue and suicide negotiation missions.

Gary is an engaging and passionate speaker, He has spoken both in Australia and overseas conferences including the Hendon Police Training College, London. Gary is now serving as Vice-President and Senior State Chaplain to the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) of New South Wales. This organisation has over 73 squads and 3,000 volunteers as members. The VRA provides land, sea and air patrol rescue capability. Gary conducts workshops to help people in the VRA become aware of Critical Incident Stress Management.

Gary talks candidly about the rise in youth suicide in Australia and how parents can develop a strong emotional intelligence and prevent thoughts of suicide and self harm. The key is through good communication with adolescence (often a challenge when they get to the grunting stage). Gary unpacks children’s issues with stress, anxiety and the often unseen depression.

Please make it a priority to attend this seminar, as we endeavour to learn more about this incredibly important issue. Please note that children should not attend this event.