About Us

Welcome to Living & Learning Pakenham Inc

Living & Learning Pakenham Inc. (LLP) operates the Skills and Wellbeing Centre in Pakenham for Cardinia Shire residents. Our Henry Street Centre is situated on the PB Ronald Reserve just up from the Pakenham Library. 

We provide a wide range of programs, projects and services to enhance the economic participation and health and wellbeing opportunities for residents throughout the Cardinia Shire.

As a 'Learn Local' Community College, we provide quality training, education and skill development for individuals, businesses and the community in a caring supportive flexible environment which contributes to the economic development and wellbeing of the individual and the community.

Through Neighbourhood House services we support and facilitate community development programs and activities for the whole community.  We promote participation and inclusion in a caring, supportive environment contributing to the social, cultural development and wellbeing of individuals and the community.

Through Information, Referral and Support we reduce disadvantage, providing services that contribute to the social development and wellbeing of individuals and the community.

As managers of a Council building, we maintain community space and ensure maximum usage of shared space by community members. 

Living & Learning Pakenham's Chief Executive Officer and a Board of Governance comprising of skilled professionals provides governance and assists in the strategic direction of the organisation.

Message from the CEO

Living & Learning Pakenham is a community space to meet, learn and grow. Cardinia Council's community infrastructure has proven itself to be a bustling hive of activity, providing training, art and craft classes, a range of employment and community services and meeting spaces.

2021 brings new opportunities for the Cardinia Shire community to engage in quality local education and training through our accreditation as a Learn Local community education provider offering pre-accredited training as well as nationally accredited training through our strategic delivery partnerships.

Living & Learning Pakenham goes above and beyond to ensure that the course you commit to is the right one for you, that you are supported every step of the way through our Student Wellbeing program, that you learn from high quality teachers with small class sizes, and at completion, you are awarded with a certificate that is highly regarded by employers. 

The Semester 1 2021 Course Guide is available now and outlines the comprehensive range of accredited and pre-accredited training together with other employability skill development and neighbourhood house programs. Download a copy of the course guide here. We look forward to seeing you at Living & Learning Pakenham.

Board of Governance

Living Learning Pakenham is governed by a voluntary team of industry experts from the community.  The Board meets monthly and sets the overall direction and strategy of the organisation and monitors its' financial viability and sustainability.  If you are interested in being a Board Member of LLP email your resume to admin@livinglearning.org.au

President - Dr Ian Fraser
Ian Fraser began his career as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.  In 1975 he moved to RMIT becoming Deputy Dean of the Business Faculty from 1996 to 2005.  He then became the inaugural Director of the RMIT International College retiring in 2010.

Ian has had various voluntary roles on Boards including as Treasurer at St Margaret's School and at Haileybury where he is a Life Governor.

Vice President - Mr Tony Ross
Tony lives in Bunyip and is an educator with four degrees from Monash University.

He is a schools inspector and advisor, Director at Bunyip BB Bank.  He also assists managing voluntary work in the Philippines.

Secretary - Ms Tina Valentine
Ms Valentine is a Pakenham resident. She joined LLP as a volunteer in May 2019 taking on the role of Risk Officer, and shortly after became the Secretary of the LLP Board. She has experience in risk management and compliance having worked in both the tertiary and corporate sectors. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Risk Management from Monash University.

Member - Ms Lauren Murphy
Lauren Murphy completed her Bachelor of Social Work with Honours at RMIT University.  

She has worked extensively with newly arrived refugees in direct counselling, complex case management and community development. This work was for community non-profit organisations, including Springvale Community Aid & Advice Bureau and The Victorian Survivors of Torture and Trauma (Foundation House). 

Currently Lauren works as a Professional Photographer within her own business and as a Photojournalist. 

Member - Ms Marian Matic
During nearly 30 years working in tertiary education institutions, Marian has gained experience in many fields including intellectual disability, adult education, migrant education and international education. Early in her career she was also a registered psychologist. During the 10 years preceding her retirement in 2012, she was the academic manager of RMIT University's Foundation Studies programs. She has a Master's degree in psychology, a graduate diploma in Education and a PhD in English. Since retiring, she has spent much of her time doing voluntary work, hiking, sewing, reading, learning German and solving the cryptic crosswords in Friday's Age.

Member - Ms Prachi Beniwal
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Member - Mr Thuch Ajak Manyok
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