CEP has held its Annual General Meeting for 2020. The meeting, taking place in-person and online, was attended by rural educators, staff, key stakeholders, partners, past CEP members, committee and education sector members.
On Thursday 25th of March, CEP held its 2020 Annual General Meeting at the Mercure in North Melbourne.
Chair of CEP, Helen Clarke, began the meeting by presenting her report of 2020.
“It is an understatement to say that 2020 was an incredible year and hopefully never to be repeated. The year began with devastating bushfires in a number of our rural communities and then the impact of COVID-19 has seen a number of our communities presented with challenges that they have not faced before,” Mrs Clarke said.
Mrs Clarke reported that even though 2020 was challenging CEPs work expanded especially in relation to the virtual learning programs, webinars and youth aspiration offerings.
“Our work in these areas provided valuable support to the rural communities and indicated the value of CEP to rural education communities it serves”, she said
“Our work in enhancing rural youth aspirations continued to expand with inaugural Rural Youth Ambassador programs operating within New South Wales and South Australia,” she said.
Special guests were invited to speak about their experiences throughout 2020 as rural educators. Sarah Walker from Buchan Primary School, and Zoe Nugent From Sacred Heart Primary School, Corryong.
AGM Attendees at the conclusion of the meeting. Image: CEP
Sarah Dally a year 12 student from South Australia also was invited to speak about her experience as a Rural Youth Ambassador throughout 2020. Sarah reflected on what she personally gained from participating in the program.
An election was held for the Committee of Management positions vacant in 2021
The meeting concluded with CEP’s annual Life Membership announcement. The award was conferred on CEP’s Deputy Chair Mark McLay.
CEP Chair Helen Clarke with recipient of the Life Membership, Mark McLay
AGM Attendees at the meeting in North Melbourne.
CEP staff member Bill Jeffs with Mark McLay, recipient of the Life Membership,