CEO update

It’s been another big month at Life Saving Victoria as we continue to navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation and the impacts to ourselves and our families, our organisation and the wider community.  

 Before I dive into this month’s update, I want to acknowledge the exceptionally difficult time many in our LSV and broader community are facing. In addition to the COVID-19 situation, the unfolding political unrest in Afghanistan has been devastating, and I convey my heartfelt thoughts and condolences to those who are personally affected by these developments. 

 On a lighter note, it was fantastic to attend my first Awards of Excellence on 7 August to celebrate the achievements of our amazing members and aquatic industry partners. I confess, I didn’t get dressed up to the nines, but I did have a glass of champagne to enjoy as I watched and celebrated our talented award winners. Congratulations to all winners and nominees. I look forward to celebrating these fantastic successes in person when it is safe for us to do so. 

 It was also wonderful to watch our representatives at the Tokyo Olympics this past month, with Brendon Smith and Amanda Bateman making us proud and putting our organisation and their respective clubs on the international stage. I am sure many of you will have joined me in cheering them on from our respective sofa grandstands as they dominated in their chosen sports. Congratulations, Amanda and Brendon, on your outstanding achievements. You have made us proud.   

 August has also seen our annual council meetings held across all four of our volunteer councils. Our councils are integral to our governance structure and a key conduit to ensuring we are hearing and taking account of the voices of LSV’s volunteers. The meetings resulted in the election of two new directors Aaron Green and Rebecca Schot-Guppy by the Aquatic Sport and Membership and Leadership Development councils respectively. Incumbent directors Kane Treloar and Adam Alsbury were re-elected by the Life Saving Operations Council and Council of Life Saving Clubs, respectively. Congratulations to those new members whose positions will take effect following the LSV annual general meeting on 13 November. I look forward to working together with our volunteer leadership to continue progressing our vital work.  

 Looking ahead, it’s great to see exciting new opportunities on the horizon. For our emerging leaders aged 18 – 25, applications are now open for the 2021 LSV mentor program. Aimed at developing young leaders to face challenges, enhance their leadership credentials, build on their skills and motivate them, the mentor program is a six-month formal partnership that links our emerging leaders with established leaders to help them reach their goals and realise their full potential. If you are interested, or know a young person who may benefit from participating, please don’t delay. Applications close on Sunday 12 September, for more information, head to our blog.   

 We have also extended the deadline for applications for LSV’s governance scholarships by one week, now closing on Tuesday 31 August. These scholarships present a fantastic opportunity for life saving club members or aquatic industry professionals who have ever wanted to improve their governance knowledge or who aspire towards leadership roles. Twenty-seven fully funded scholarships are available across two categories ¾ the Governance Institute of Australia: Certificate in Not-For-Profit Governance and the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors. For more information and to apply, click here. 

 Stay safe, stay active and stay connected.  

 Warm regards, 

Cath Greaves

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