City Bible Forum has regularly been hosting men's breakfasts around the country. These are designed to create a space for men to share their stories of success, failure, hardship and hope intertwined with questions of life, faith and meaning. Men from all walks of life are welcome, regardless of faith background, belief or worldview. With COVID-19 dramatically changing the landscape, we have created an online format where we can meet across the cities.
Helping men to face adversity and challenges in all walks of life
Jean-Marie is from Burundi. At a relatively young age he was appointed judge in a provincial court, whereupon he advanced quickly in the judiciary to eventually become Head of the Criminal Section of the Supreme Court in Burundi, the highest court in the land.
Throughout his legal career in Burundi, he had a particular interest in Human Rights issues, founding a local NGO working, completing training with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in human rights, and advocating for and assisting victims of war, refugees, minorities, and victims of crimes. He is fluent in five languages Including English, French and Swahili.
Having arrived in Australia to undertake further studies in 2015, political developments in Burundi and his history as a human rights activist have impacted his family and career and he has been unable to return to Burundi.
Jean-Marie currently works for the ACT Government - Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD) as Compliance Officer at Access Canberra. He previously worked for the ACT Direction of Public Prosecutions as Paralegal, and with the ACT Law Society as Committee Administrator. He completed his master’s degree of Business Management: Legal Studies at the University of Canberra in 2017 and is currently enrolled in Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Sydney to complete the academic requirements for him to be admitted to legal practice in Australia.
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