It has been a busy first month at Life Saving Victoria (LSV), learning about our remarkably broad scope of operations and getting to know the capable members, clubs, partners and staff delivering our vision and mission every day. As I immerse myself in the second month, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some quick reflections from my first month.
My primary focus has been to explore the breadth of our work across beaches, inland waterways, public training, education, leadership development and the aquatic industry in pursuit of our vision and mission, and I find myself learning more every day, which just reinforces what a great scope of quality community facing activities we deliver here at LSV.
So far, I’ve enjoyed a visit to Williamstown, where I learned about the proud more than 100-year history of the club, and about exciting funding developments to sustain its future. Further down the coast in Lorne, I met many volunteers and members while watching our incredible athletes battle out the State IRB Championships in tough (and very chilly) conditions. I was blown away witnessing their grit and talent, racing IRBs in 8°C!
These visits are just the tip of the iceberg, which seems appropriate at this stage of winter. I look forward to making it out to all our clubs and facilities over the coming weeks and months to meet as many of our members and partners across the state as possible. During these visits, I am very keen to hear your views, aspirations, and insights – both for your local clubs, and the broader Victorian community that we serve in pursuit of our vision and mission. As the backbone of our community, your input is vital, and I look forward to engaging and learning more from you in the coming months.
I also want to acknowledge the difficulties faced by so many in our communities as a result of the stop-start nature of lockdowns. Although necessary, they can be tough on many levels and across many industries. We are here for you, we support you, and together, we will get through this.
There’s no denying we have all had a challenging 18 months. I would like to think that this adversity, while tough, presents us with an opportunity to pause and reflect, to celebrate our successes, and to consider deeply the parts of our organisation that can be further developed and enhanced.
With this in mind, I am excited to say the finalisation of the LSV strategic plan is imminent. This plan will set the tone and redefine our priorities for the next four years and establish a strategic direction that speaks to the changing needs of the community, our volunteers, members, partners and staff, and that takes advantage of new and emerging opportunities. Ultimately, it will better position us to keep the Victorian community safe, which is at the heart of everything we do.
I look forward to sharing this plan with the broader lifesaving community and our supporters in the near future. After all, your insights and passion for lifesaving is vital to ensure we are able to meet our goals.
Thank you for welcoming me as LSV’s new CEO. From day one it has been clear we have an open and collaborative culture at LSV, and that we foster a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all of our members, partners and staff. This, together with your dedication to drowning prevention, puts us in great stead to continue our brilliant work across the state into the future.