KI's Jennie Teasdale awarded AM for service to education, international relations

ISLAND HOME: Jennie Teasdale in her stunning garden at Pelican Lagoon, Kangaroo Island where her home and property is a model of sustainability.
ISLAND HOME: Jennie Teasdale in her stunning garden at Pelican Lagoon, Kangaroo Island where her home and property is a model of sustainability.

Jennifer Irene Teasdale of Pelican Lagoon, Kangaroo Island became a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List.

She received the AM for significant service to education, and to international relations.

She was a university lecturer and tutor, who also spent many years consulting and advising for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), including much time spent travelling overseas.

She her husband Bob spent time living on Fiji managing the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program in that part of the world.

Most recently and since moving to Kangaroo Island, she was on the International Small Islands Studies Association and helped organise the Fifteenth Islands of the World Conference, Kangaroo Island in 2017.

"I want to thank the people who nominated me and supported the nomination," Jennie said. "I don't think it is deserved, but I am very humbled and honoured by it."

Originally from Orange, NSW, she went to teachers college at the University of New England where she met her husband Bob, currently deputy mayor of Kangaroo Island.

"I loved teaching and all I wanted to be from a little girl was to become a teacher," Jennie said. "I have always loved small children and have taught at every level from preschool to university."

She did undergraduate and post graduate studies in education and later sociology.

She still sees herself as a mentor and has started a young teachers and professional group and is still supervising Flinders University graduate teachers placed at KI Community Education.

"When I was young 18-year-old teacher, I had people in the community go out their way to take care of me, now I am paying that back," she said.

She met Bob 53 years ago at university and now they have travelled the world together, buying their block on the shores of Pelican Lagoon about 20 years ago.

Then 12 years ago they started building their energy efficient, sustainable home out the local limestone, and today that home is a model of inspiration for those studying sustainable living.

The home took three years to build and they have planted more than 10,000 trees around the property.

"The more we get the know the Island the more generous we are finding the people," she said.

Jennie has become involved in the art scene on the Island and also has written a number of books about the natural environment and about the original settler families of the Dudley Peninsula.

Jennie Teasdale in her productive vegetable garden out at Pelican Lagoon.

Jennie Teasdale in her productive vegetable garden out at Pelican Lagoon.

Her list of accomplishments are as follows:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • Consultant, Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014.
  • Co-Director, Teacher Education for Peace and International Understanding Project, 1995-2004.
  • Advisor, Education for Cultural Development, 1989-1997.

Adelaide College of Divinity, Flinders University

  • Lecturer, 1980-2004.
  • Founder and Coordinator, ACD Fringe Art Exhibition, 1997-2005.
  • Executive Secretary/Research Coordinator, Centre for Theology, Science and Culture, 1998-2004.

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program

  • In-country Manager, Fiji and Pacific Region, 2004-2007.

International Small Islands Studies Association

  • Former Executive Committee Member.
  • Organising Committee Member, Fifteenth Islands of the World Conference, Kangaroo Island, 2017.

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