WomenConnect Luncheon 2019

We had a wonderful day on Wednesday 4 September 2019. Another wonderful luncheon hosted by WomenConnect Frankston. 

Sandra Pankurst lunch

The guest speaker on the day is the wonderful Sandra Pankhurst, esteemed founder of Australia’s largest trauma cleaning business, and publicly renowned for her book The Trauma Cleaner. We heard her story of immeasurable sympathy and strength, in her presentation on her incredible, and at many times, difficult life.

This was an opportunity for local business women (and men) to connect, while enjoying a delicious 2 course luncheon and glass of wine.

Strategic Planning Day with PwC

Huge thanks to Christian, Xanthe and Jane at PwC Australia for kick-starting our 2020 and beyond strategic planning journey! A great day with tangible outcomes and a bright future ahead. Thank you all so much for your efforts and promises of continuous support!

Partnership with Spaire Pair

Spair Pair is a social enterprise founded by Beau and Josh – two best mates from Melbourne who saw an opportunity to empower ordinary people to do the extraordinary. From today, they will be assisting us in helping the men of South East Melbourne on their journey to employment. By ensuring our clients look and feel fantastic in a pair of socks from their high quality, ethical and sustainable (not to mention stylish) range of undergarments, Spair Pair helps us to rebuild the vital confidence and positivity needed to return to the workplace.

Thank you so much Spair Pair! Check out the amazing work they do on their website.

Grand Opening at 25–27 Ross Smith Avenue

We recently held our Grand Opening of Groomed to Go the same night as our annual AGM. It was great to see the turnout, with 74 acceptances and over 60 plus attendees! MP Chris Crewther, Member for Dunkley, who has been a great supporter over the years, was pleased to attend and to officially declare our fabulous new premises open! In attendance were many past members, volunteers and supporters, including Simon Linardi, the esteemed Melbourne architect who generously gave his time and energy to design the layout of 25 Ross Smith Avenue, and provide our beautiful mural outside.

Many thanks to all our volunteers who made the night such a success!

Prue Leggoe: Order of Australia Medal

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We were delighted to be celebrating the founder of Groomed to Go and Dress for Success South East Melbourne, Prue Leggoe, who took home an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on the 26th January, 2019, for her tireless service in community job readiness initiatives, as well as her work in the advancement of women’s rights, support and empowerment.

Prue founded Dress for Success Brisbane in 2007 and was President until 2011, when she moved back to Melbourne. On returning to the Mornington Peninsula, she joined the local affiliate as their President for 4 years. During her career, Prue practiced in various areas of Law, including her own practice, all while raising 3 children. She became politically engaged, and from 1981–88, was the State member for Kew in Victoria. She is a feminist and her community efforts have primarily involved welfare and education. She has served on Boards as diverse as the Children’s Protection Society, the Consumer Affairs Council, TAFE and University Councils.