In the Community
Ray is the former President and Board Member of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, he also presents, writes and volunteers for a number of community-based initiatives.
A former President and Board Member of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce
As the former President and Board Member in Ballina Ray brings his love of community and business to all aspects of his work with the Ballina and Lismore Chamber of Commerce. With a firm foundation in the knowing that business can be simple and of true benefit to people and the community, Ray brings a characteristic ease and astuteness to meetings that supports all parties to feel heard and considered. This means objectives can be met without complication and projects can move forward harmoniously.
“Working with the Local Chambers is a great opportunity to connect with and support the business community in Lismore, Ballina and surrounds as well as the broader community that those businesses service.”
Raising awareness around cybercrimes:
Ray is keenly aware of the effects of cyber-bullying and works to bring awareness to a crime that is not yet recognised for the extent of its violence in our communities.
Last year he was part of a team that brought together a conference on Cyber-bullying and its effects through the College of Universal Medicine. The conference was well-attended with in-depth community input.
He has written on the topic at Real Media Real Change – about understanding the difference between physical crime and the violence imposed in an online environment (which then very much permeates our physical spaces).
Facts about Universal Medicine
In 2014, after witnessing an extensive campaign of harassment that had been carried out over a two year period, Ray joined a team of people to bring greater awareness to cyberabuse.
The case in question was multi-layered. Beginning with a highly personalised attack on a local business it had quickly spread to become an attack on hundreds of people across the world. The business was Goonellabah-based healing clinic Universal Medicine, and when the cyberabuse began its founder Serge Benhayon had been in business for 13 years with no complaint.
After the targeted efforts of a few, mainly via the internet, and with a small number of journalists willing to float their message, their abuse would be ‘legitimised’ in print and would make headlines around the world. With a first hand understanding of the extent of the misrepresentation that can make it to the page Ray occupies a unique position to understand the mechanisms of violence as they pertain to cyber and communications crimes.
The result of these new understandings is his work on the website Facts about Universal Medicine which catalogues with legal precision, the behaviours of cyberabusers and the many ways in which our communications platforms continue to be exploited to carry out personally motivated agendas at the expense of the wider community.
The Girl to Woman Festival
In January 2016 Ray Karam will again present at the Girl To Woman Festival in Lennox Head Community and Cultural Centre. He was on the committee that has bought you the Festival again in 2017 as well as the first ever Festival in Tenterfield NSW also in 2017.
For the 2015 Girl to Woman Festival Ray presented with Michael Benhayon on the topic of parenthood and raising girls. As a father of three boys and two girls Ray can present on many aspects of parenting. His presentation for the Girl to Woman Festival covered the very tender and attentive relationships that are possible for fathers to have with their daughters:
Whether that is age-wise or emotion-wise there are always different stages that children are at. As a father I was very aware of and sensitive to the different stages that my daughters were experiencing. To be respectful to where they are at and to respond accordingly is one of the keys to developing a greater depth in the relationship between father and daughter.
UniMed Living is a global health and wellbeing website that is contributed to by hundreds of volunteer writers across the world. A growing number of Ray’s articles appear here. Below is a sample of the articles he has written.
Ray Karam writes on women’s health practitioner Natalie Benhayon
Ray writes on being a single father, the ending of his first marriage, and the impact of a great friend and practitioner, Natalie Benhayon: a young woman who supported him to again be inspired by the depth women can bring in their friendships and care for others.
Ray writes on the power of Role Models for Unimed Living
A true role model is someone who inspires another to change something in themselves. Not by copying what they have seen but by actually choosing to make a change for themselves in the way that they live. In this way of living you don’t get exhausted. It is not something you have to keep up with or constantly be better at. See more at: http://www.unimedliving.com/men/relationship/we-are-all-role-models.html
Ray writes on his 5 year friendship with presenter and author Serge Benhayon. Literally being in the driver’s seat of how Serge is with people – after driving Serge’s car and witnessing how people would stop to wave thinking that he was Serge behind the tinted glass, revealed to Ray a glimpse of the space you can give to each person in each moment and the richness of relationships that follows. A simple and beautiful testimonial to the power of inspiration. Read More at: SERGEBENHAYON.COM