Bill Jennings founded Time & Space because he wanted participants to have the opportunity to experience a life-changing moment. Like he did when he was a teenager.
I was a nervous and awkward Year 12 student, sent on a combined camp by my school, De La Salle. It was one of those camps where the whole idea was to take you out of your comfort zone. You had to meet and talk to strangers. The idea scared me, but I bit the bullet and had a go.
An older bloke called Pat Browne was in one of my small groups. He was a teacher from CBC St Kilda where he was something of a legend. Especially for his ability to mentor young men. I found out later that when Pat would walk the school on yard duty, boys would come up and chat with him one-by-one. They knew to give each other time and space when they were hanging out with Pat.
I got to know Pat on the camp, had a few chats with him. Then he was chosen to write my affirmation. We didn’t get to read these brief notes until we got home. I’ll always remember opening Pat’s envelope at my kitchen table and reading these words: