Vale Brian Geary, MAITD
Brian Geary 1952-2017, AITD Member
Released: 1 September 2017
AITD mourns the loss of Brian Geary. Brian was loyal AITD member and was previously the AITD Divisional Council President for Victoria/Tasmania.
Brian joined Scouts as a youth member where he developed his life-long passion for training and mentoring. Brian shared his passion, knowledge and skills in youth and adult learning in many organisations including 40 plus years’ service in Scouts Australia as a volunteer leader and trainer.
Aged 20 Brian joined the RAAF as an electrical fitter. After 10 years, Brian swapped the tools for the books when he took up education and training positions within the RAAF.
In 1970 he became a Scout Leader and held a range of appointments including the Branch Commissioner – Adult Training and Development (2004–2011).This state training manager role saw him lead the Victorian State Training Team comprising some 60 adult trainers and assessors. This team, delivered a range of adult training programmes including day workshops and weekend residential courses across the state.At the time of his passing Brian was group leader for two groups, district leader and an active member of the Scout training team.
Brian was appointed a Trainer on the Scouts Australia National Training Team in 1988 and was instrumental in Scouts Australia becoming a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT) delivers a range of Australian Qualifications under its scope of registration from Cert II to Diploma in Business, Leadership & Management and Outdoor Recreation.
Brian’s extensive experience in VET was invaluable to Scouts Australia at State and National levels and saw him involved in course design, assessment policy development and programme evaluation. He also ensured that the Victorian Branch of SAIT met its regulatory compliance requirements as an RTO under the then Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
Brian was also involved in the development of the Scouts eLearning Training Platform containing some 80 modules, which today forms the basis of Scout Leadership training.
In addition to his training qualifications Brian also achieved his Diplomas in Business and Leadership in 2009 from Scouts Australia Institute of Training.He was also awarded the Silver Kangaroo, Australian Scouting’s highest award for eminent achievement and exceptional service to Scouts Australia in 2011.
Brian passed aged 65. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, as well as a friend to many in the community, particularly in Scouting. Our thoughts are with Brian's family, friends and colleagues.
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