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2013 Administrative Professional Breakfast

The Administrative Professionals Breakfast this year was another sold out event where those amazing people who keep the wheels of the businesses across our region going were treated to breakfast in the lovely surrounds of the Ballarat Golf Club. Jemima @ APB 13

Our guest speaker this year was Jemima Richards.  Co-founder of FIREFOXES, Jemima told her story of Black Saturday and all that has happened in the ensuing time.  Her story is one of overcoming adversity, seeking to support and care for the women of a community so as to support the whole community as it recovers from a disaster.   Jemima is so passionate about what she does and is an inspiration to all of us; out of tragedy can grow something amazing and life changing for many.geoff @ APB 13

The experience of the communities of the King Lake area and their recovery process is now being shared around the world as FIREFOXES share their knowledge with other people piecing their lives back together into a new normal after a major disaster event.

A recording of Jemima’s talk is available to listen to Jemima Richards talk (MP3)

Geoff Sharp CEO of United Way Ballarat also spoke on the morning and introduced our  new reading program to be launched later this year… this certainly created much enthusiasm and discussion within the crowd.

The morning was also a chance to recognise one special administrative professional.

Pauline @ APB 13

This year’s Administrative Professional of the year is Pauline Griffin from Haymes Paint.

The judging panel were faced with a considerable task of choosing a winner with the nominees from across the Ballarat Region’s business community. The judges were looking for the person who exemplified both dedication to their role but also to the community they live and work in. All 8 Finalists this year were women who fit these criteria, however Pauline stood out as the person who lives and breathes making a difference in the lives of others.

She is a well respected and truly valued member of the Haymes team where her friendship crosses all generations as she just as easily converses with the Baby Boomers, X’s and Y’s and shows a genuine interest in their well-being.

Pauline offers within the community a great deal of empathy and self-efficacy, she has a great deal of civic responsibility and does make a difference.

Congratulations Pauline and all the finalists on your amazing contribution to your community.


More photos of the day can be viewed here

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The Administrative Professionals Breakfast wouldn’t happen without the support of many different organisations and supporters and to them we say THANK YOU.







United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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