Book tells isolated parents' stories

28 Mar, 2015 01:00 AM

MORE than 70 parents, past association presidents, education representatives and government officials gathered at the Ocean Beach Hotel for the annual Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA) conference last week.

While funding assistance was a hot topic, the ICPA book launch created a buzz.

'People like us' was written and complied by Kathy Bolderas of the Goldfields Eyre ICPA branch and edited by Lucy Brownlie.

Ms Boladras said past delegates had the idea to preserve the old archives into a book.

"The idea was first discussed in 2011," she said.

"I had all the facts, but I had to get everyone's stories compiled.

"It was nice to hear all the stories, when everyone would jump on the bus and drive down to the conference, the history and the social aspects of ICPA made the book come together."

Students from three different boarding schools spoke on their experiences being away from home and Influential Women director Catherine Marriott was the keynote speaker.

ICPA president Liz Sudlow said the day was a great success.

"I have had some positive feedback from the conference," Ms Sudlow said.

"People really enjoyed Ms Marriott's presentation and workshop.

"I also had a lot of good feedback about our student panel, and hearing their perspectives about the boarding school experience.

"As we represent students, it was great to hear from them.

"Another highlight was hearing from Mr Baxter, it was a very positive day."



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