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President's report

Your OWCA committee celebrating #FDD2021

As we continue to manage within a COVID world, it’s uncanny to think we are already more than halfway through 2021. The OWCA continues to move forward as well. I would like to acknowledge the flexibility and nimbleness of our internal OWCA team who have been simply superb during this ‘touch and go’ phase. Their ability to manage movements in the events space based on the changing of restrictions and to deal with the disappointment when events and reunions have been cancelled – the day before, ‘mid-flight’ or even before they have had a chance to get off the ground – has been exceptional. I thank the hard-working team in the office who have had to reschedule, cancel and refund, and of course also thank our OW community, guests and our amazing guest speakers for their patience and understanding.

We were blessed that Founders’ Day Dinner 2021 was able to go ahead in May after 12 months of planning by our very enthusiastic and committed sub-committee, headed up by passionate Vice President David Kennedy (OW1966). FDD2021 was truly special. The energy in the room was electric, with those in attendance so grateful that we were all able to come together to celebrate this fabulous annual occasion – we can thank our lucky stars!

With formalities including a brief address from our Principal Nick Evans (OW1985) – who was attending his first real-time Founders’ Day Dinner in the role – and myself as President, the night quickly moved onto what we were all there for: the conversations, the amazing dining experience and the phenomenal school singing. The MYER Mural Hall and The Big Group once again turned it on with their exceptional service and premium execution. A substantial group of OWs kicked on at the Toff in Town to continue the fun. We hope to see you all at #FDD2022!

Our beloved and traditional Founders’ Day Lunch planned for the end of May at the Kooyong Tennis Club regrettably was cancelled at the last minute due to COVID-19 restrictions.

I had the pleasure of attending the 13th Annual Business Breakfast, proudly presented by the Wesley College Foundation. An outstanding panel of guest speakers addressed the very topical question ‘The sole purpose of business it to make profits… or is it?’.

Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer at Qantas, and Elana Rubin, Chair of Afterpay, were notably inspiring, sharing their thoughts on the current trend of working from home and the positives that come from creating diversity in the workplace.

At the OWCA, we are very aware that it remains so important for us to be looking after each other and ensuring that connections to communities such as our Association stay strong. It offers so much opportunity and value. We are currently working on a number of business networking sessions and Women of Wesley (WOW) event to ensure we are connecting you with OW experts who can assist, inform, educate and entertain.

And finally, a friendly reminder – if you haven’t already: please jump online, create a personal profile and list your business as part of our online network OWConnect. All made possible through our ongoing partnership with Incarta, and OW brothers Marcus (OW1980) and Nicholas (OW1984) Young.

#oldwesleycollegians #bleedingpurpleandgold #WomenofWesley #FDD2022

Kate Evans (OW1998)

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OWCA Executive

President Kate Evans (OW1998)
Vice-President David Kennedy (OW1966)
Treasurer Chris Foster-Ramsay (OW1999)
College Head, OWCA Ian Thomas (OW1982)
Executive Members Jack Ayerbe (OW1963)
Belinda Danks-Woodley (OW2004)
Anastasia Malishev (OW1995)
Amy McAlister (OW2003)
Thomas Pewtress (OW2018)
Director, Foundation and Alumni Jack Moshakis (OW1973)

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