Saturday 23 June 2012

My first Blog

Having read a number of articles recently on different ways to use Social Media for organsations such as ours one of the more useful suggestions is a regular blog on the happenings and activities of ABSA so I have taken up the challenge and here we go.

The most exciting development for ABSA in recent weeks is the employing of our new 'office manager' and business trainee Tom Dunsmore. Those of you who have already met Tom would have been impressed to see a young man with so much energy to learn becoming an integral part of our organisation(at least I hope you were impressed). Tom is studying a Certificate III in Business under the Australian Government's traineeship program and has already taken on the challenges of looking after our social media presence (the video project he has started is looking fabulous and will be linked to our website this week from our youtube channel) - thus me having this new task as well, as well as all of the conference registrations and bookings, our distribution of Directories and Duty of Care books ordered and a myriad of other tasks in the office. I have known Tom for a number of years, including having taught him in Year Eight, and now I am enjoying having someone young and energetic in the office each day challenging me to do an even better job of supporting our members.

Associated with this was the move four weeks ago into our own office (and out of my home office) and we are now very well established at Brendale in Brisbane's north. Work is underway to increase the offerings of the members' section of the website and I encourage everyone to visit there regularly to see what else we have to offer. If you think of something we should add, please give me a call or send an email and I can look into getting it in place.

The last month has also seen a visit to Victoria to run a Duty of Care Beginners Workshop at The Hamilton and Alexandra College (thanks to Jane Horne for hosting this and to Sue Collister, our Victorian Chairman, for coming along for the trip). I was also lucky enough to squeeze a visit in to Worawa Aboriginal College in Healsville during that trip and really enjoyed the chance to meet their Principal Lois Peeler and Business Manager Andrew Jans and to see their facilities - a real highlight for me was the student art gallery which is fabulous!

This week saw a visit to Perth, firstly to attend a boarding review meeting at Guildford Grammar School, then to run a Duty of Care Bridging Workshop to help 13 staff who had completed the old Duty of Care course upgrade to the new one(thanks to Elaine Riley from MLC for hosting this great day), and lastly to look at potential venues for next year's Boarding Leaders' Symposium - more information on this to come shortly.

I am looking forward to a quieter week ahead in the office, which should allow me to catch up on some of the marking or our Duty of Care books, as well as to finalize the conference workshop program. Don't forget to contact our office if there is anything you would like us to assist you with - Tom's presence means we might even answer the phone when you call!

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