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2017 Administrative Professionals Breakfast – a morning of entertainment and appreciation

The 2017 Administrative Professionals Breakfast was another morning of entertainment and appreciation aimed at the people who keep the wheels of businesses across our region turning.  The event is United Way Ballarat’s largest fundraiser on the calendar and this year around  $12,000 was raised to further our work in the Ballarat community.

Nearly 300 people made their way to the beautiful Ballarat Golf Club at a very early hour and were treated to a lovely meal, lighthearted entertainment and the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.

img_2703img_2718img_2713MC, Kathy Bedford, kept the morning running smoothly and an eye on our special guest Eureka, from-front-desk.  Eureka arrived singing 9 to 5  toting a pile of coffee cups, Kathy interviewed her, bringing out her humorous take on being an administrator. Eureka changed her attire for the Administrative Professional of the Year award with a lovely orange gown unaware that the prize wasn’t for a ‘beauty pageant’ competition.  However, Eureka came prepared, with several awards of her own to present to various ‘winners’ in the room.

img_2682img_2771-copyimg_3542Guests were guided in a method of relaxation using a particularly easy breathing technique, this was presented by CEO of UFS Dispensaries Lynne McLennan.  Jacqui from Fernwood Fitness Ballarat also taught the group some simple stretching exercises particularly useful for those sitting at a desk much of the day.  Tables were decorated by the lovely ladies of Wen & Ware who also provided a scented candle for each guest to take back to their workplace as a reminder to breathe deeply and take a break regularly to stretch.

Administrative Professional of the Year


Maxine, winner of Administrative Professional of the Year with Mark Bruty, Deputy Chair United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation.

The highlight of the annual breakfast is always the announcement of the finalists and winner of Administrative Professional of the Year.  This year’s deserving winner is Maxine Reid from UnitingCare Ballarat.

In nominating Maxine, her colleagues said:

“Maxine has been the gentle face of UnitingCare Ballarat’s reception for 14 years in a challenging and dynamic work environment.  Maxine has provided exceptional administrative support whilst managing multiple demands on a daily basis.  Maxine is our how to manual on how our agency works and when problems occur Maxine is the first person staff go to for solutions.

Maxine provides our clients with empathy, kindness and dignity. Her gentle disposition and willingness to assist those disadvantaged in our community have made Maxine a much-loved member to our client base and an integral member of our team at UnitingCare Ballarat. Maxine often goes above and beyond her role to ensure our clients receive not only exceptional customer service but also a positive outcome for their lives. Maxine epitomises the heart and soul of UnitingCare Ballarat.”

Maxine won a $300 Lifestyle Travel voucher and a Nespresso coffee machine from The Good Guys; these along with her trophy were presented by John Fitzgibbon from Power FM.

We congratulate all the other finalists, these were each recognised by their employers/peers for their exemplary role as administrator:

  • Amanda  – Hearty Homes
  • Emma  – The office of Catherine King, MP
  • Frances  – The YMCA Ballarat
  • Kerry  – UnitingCare Ballarat
  • Leisel  – UFS Dispensaries
  • Tamara  – PeoplePlus

Prize Draws

The morning saw two prize draws:

  • The Door Prize – A year’s membership to Fernwood Fitness Ballarat kindly provided by Fernwood
  • The United Way Ballarat Indulgence raffle raised $6,600:
    • Prizes were:
      • $1000 Diamond Necklace courtesy of Gems & Jewels Ballarat
      • $1000 Voyager Interiors voucher
      • $1000 Peace & Quiet voucher

Congratulations to all the winners.

more photos of the event can be found 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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