Our History

Our Starting Point

In 2016, Dr Ivan Raymond developed the IMPACT Program. This program’s content and methodologies were developed, refined and tested through 15 years of clinical trauma work, multiple collaborations and a PhD. IMPACT was designed to make the science of wellbeing, trauma and growth (1) practical, (2) translatable and (3) ‘sticky’ in action. 

Life Buoyancy Institute was established by Ivan to take the IMPACT Program to educational, child protection and diverse community settings. Between 2016 and 2018, the IMPACT Program, as supported by Life Buoyancy Institute, provided the foundational methodology for SAHMRI to deliver the $1.1M ‘Resilient Futures’ program to build the wellbeing and resilience of 1400 young South Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds. Within ‘Resilient Futures’, the IMPACT Program provided the tools and shared approach for multiple alternative education schools, mental health sites and community-based non-government agencies to:

  • Understand and respond to the deeper ‘under the surface’ needs driving educational, wellbeing and whole-of-life youth outcomes. 
  • Enable core wellbeing and resilience skills to be intentionally taught to young people with diverse needs and contexts.
  • Empower agencies and systems to work together in ‘shared intent’ and optimally grow and support young people. 

Founded upon the outcomes of this work, in 2018, LBI Foundation was established as a not-for-profit organisation to extend the reach and impact of the work. 

In 2020, LBI Foundation was registered through the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) as a Public Benevolent Institution with full Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. LBI Foundation has exclusive royalty free rights over the IMPACT Program for Australian communities in need.

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Our Journey

The growth and community impact of LBI would not be possible without the energy, input and support of many people and community collaborations. Past and current board and team members are summarised here. 

From 2018 to 2022, this team has supported LBI consolidate its identity into a unifying mission and set of values and ‘why’ story

In 2023, we are supported and led by a highly experienced team of board members, trainers and consultants (click here).

Team of Supporters

Past and Current Team Members

  • Dr Ivan Raymond (co-founder)
  • John Shepherd, AM (co-founder)
  • Paula Raymond (co-founder)
  • Mabel Tam
  • Tim Muhlhausler
  • David Kelly
  • Kylie Agnew
  • Ashleigh Ditcham
  • Greg Hatcher
  • Jen Vonic-Joyce
  • Chelsea Falso
  • Dr Karena Burke
  • David Mezinec