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2015 Administrative Professionals Breakfast

United Way Ballarat has been hosting the Administrative Professionals Breakfast (formerly Secretaries Breakfast) for 16 years.  The event recognises and says thank you to the people who are the backbone of local organisations, often working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly and with little recognition.

On May 1st, Administrative Professionals’ Day in Australia, over 300 administrative professionals were welcomed to a breakfast in their honour.  At the beautiful Ballarat Golf Club, attendees were treated to colourful table settings, yummy food and drink as well as fantastic entertainment from a couple of cast members of Miss Saigon.

Some pampering was available on the morning with Nails provided by Yellow Rose, Hair by Angel Hair and Beauty Institute, Massage from Cupid’s Healing Hands as well as Make-up and Fragrance from Myer Ballarat.

Julia Zass and Ross Wilson from Power FM broadcast the ‘Brekky’ program live from the Golf Club, with Julia also taking the role as MC for the morning.

Our guest speaker, Lisa Hayden, spoke about resilience.  Sharing her journey of overcoming cancer in a light and often humorous way, Lisa spoke of the struggle that many women face in saying no.  She explained the necessity to say no sometimes and put yourself first in order to be better equipped to look after others.  Lisa’s final comment was to say that she had discovered that in the midst of the cloud of her illness she has been able to find laughter and discover the silver lining.

The Administrative Professional of the Year was also announced during the morning.  This year’s winner is Catherine Stoney, Office Administration Support and Integration Team Leader at Invermay Primary School.  Catherine was presented with her prize courtesy Fernwood Ballarat and Peace & Quiet by John Fitzgibbon, Radio Ballarat, and Stacey Grose, BJT Legal, both sponsors of the Award.

Entering her 9th year of admin support and classroom integration work at Invermay PS, Catherine is employed part-time, yet provides guidance, support and energy to colleagues, students and families around the clock.  Principal of the school, Justin Marshman, says of Catherine: “First impressions count, right? So the first face you will spot once you enter our Invermay Primary School Admin and Senior School building is Catherine’s.”

“Parents seek her out for uniform orders and purchasing, permission forms, absence forms, payment queries and family support.  Staff seek her out for word processing, last minute additions to our newsletter, to book excursions and buses, seeking student support ideas, the phone number for the photocopier service technician (she won’t just give you the number – guaranteed she’ll call for you), last known whereabouts of the laminating machine, great friendship and fun – and a good laugh just when it is needed.  Kids seek her out for first aid, Brekky Club, handing in permission forms, notes and payments, as well as stickers for fantastic work or a cuddle and a sneaky lolly to make things seem OK again.”

Photos of the morning were taken by Gerrard Lewis from Thornton Richards Camera House Ballarat.  A selection of those photos are below and more photos and high resolution copies are available here: All photos of 2015 Admin. Prof. Breakfast

The Courier’s story about the Breakfast can be read here.





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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