A Quick Organisational Update!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

An Update from Positive Women Victoria…

The Team at Positive Women Victoria have been extremely busy planning and running events for our members. We thought it best to give you all a quick organisational update to fill you in on what we have been working on!

As some of you may know, we farewelled our former Chief Executive Officer, Alison Boughey at the end of March this year. She has departed from Positive Women Victoria to move on to another exciting role in the women’s health sector. Alison was at the helm of Positive Women Victoria (PWV) for almost 4 years and helped develop the organisation to become what it is today. For the staff and Members of PWV, it is a huge loss and a significant change! But we are so happy to see Alison take another step forward in the journey of her career. We are so thrilled to have Heather Mugwagwa, our former Peer Support Worker, step into Alison’s role as the Acting Chief Executive Officer. Heather is a fabulous candidate to lead the organisation forward into the next financial year and we are so happy to see her step up into this new position.

In early March, we celebrated International Women’s Day at the Positive Living Centre. We thank all of the staff and members who made space for us to host a rather large event for the first half of the day! On the day, we welcomed around 60 stakeholders and PWV members into PLC as we acknowledged IWD and celebrated our 30th Birthday Year. We heard some fabulous speeches from Alison Boughey (our former CEO), Sarah Feagan (Chair of the Board) and Bev Greet (PWV Co-Founder). We were spoilt with the musical delights provided to us by Clairy Browne and Gabriel Strangio. Clairy sang a few of her songs whilst Gabriel played the piano. As you can imagine, the space was just perfect for an acoustic set!

In early April, we held our Frankston Lunch for all of our members who live in the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas. The event consisted of 5 members who gathered to touch-base, connect and spend some time with their peers. Our Acting CEO and former Peer Support Worker, Heather Mugwagwa, our Peer Support Worker Melissa Iddles and Nalla Burk from Bolton Clark organised and facilitated the lunch. We also welcomed the company and support on the day of a new Volunteer. We hope to hold future events such as these for our members who have difficulty travelling into the city for peer support, if you would like to attend an event such as this, please contact Melissa our Peer Support Worker on peersupport2@positivewomen.org.au or call on (03) 9683 8747.

Coming up in June, we have our Women’s Health Day that will take place at the PLC. The team at VAC and PWV have collaborated to bring our members a private event where they can come along, share their ideas and thoughts and discuss subjects that are meaningful to them. Deirdre Byrne from the PLC will lead the group through a ‘River of Life’ Art Therapy session, followed by a catered lunch. After lunch, we will hear from a speaker from WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) who will speak to the group about Women’s Financial Well Being. This event is private and is intended to be a safe, confidential space for all involved. If you would like to attend this event, please contact me, Natalie Browne (Health Promotion and Communications Coordinator) on healthpromotion@positivewomen.org.au or call on (03) 9683 8747.

Thanks for tuning in to our PWV organisational update! We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you a warm and cosy winter!

Warmest regards, Natalie Browne – Health promotion and Communications Coordinator