CEP AGM: That’s a Wrap

by | Mar 27, 2019 | Bush Voices

Annual Meeting Report


The Country Education Partnership (CEP) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week, with representatives from rural education communities, education sectors and stakeholder groups in attendance.

Chair, Mike Stephens, provide a comprehensive report of CEP’s activities throughout 2018, including the way in which the organization has influenced government policy and initiatives to support rural education — the VCE Collaboration Fund being one prime example.

Looking ahead, Mike outlined CEP’s Areas of Focus for 2019, with key emphasis given to the support of collaborative practices in rural communities, recruitment and retention of staff, and youth aspirations.

Document: CEP Focus Areas 2019

Document: CEP Annual Report 2019

Hello, Hello!


Also at the AGM, we welcomed some new faces to the Committee of Management for 2019.

Catherine Grace, from Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School in Murtoa, and Lyn Dwyer, from Porepunkah Primary School, will join existing elected members:

  • Mark McLay, Deputy Chair from Avoca
  • John Sciacca, Secretary from Nathalia
  • Fran Waterman, Treasurer from Beechworth
  • Jim O’Brien from Stawell West
  • Trish Perry from Lancaster
  • Arn Gorman from Sacred Heart, Yarrawonga
  • Kaitlyn Pappin from Tempy
  • Jason Whiteley from Katamatite
  • Jodi Walters from Swan Hill
  • Erin Fush from Werrimull

In addition to the nomination of the Committee of Management members, Mike informed the meeting he would step-down from his position and was pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Clarke as the new CEP Chair – we will introduce Helen in our next Bush Voices — but for now we say a very hearty thanks to Mike for his contribution as Chair. 

Here’s Cheers to You!


Speaking of our committee members, they had the pleasure of inducting two education leaders as CEP Life Members.

Glyn Milner and David Griffin were presented with their Life Memberships, in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to rural and remote education”.

We will share more about their education stories through Bush Voices early next term.


Rural Youth Ambassadors


The meeting also heard from members of our Rural Youth Ambassador Alumni.

As part of their presentation, Claudia Cox from Berriwillock (Sea Lake) shared a moving tribute to her involvement with CEP and how this association has inspired her to further represent her community as a Heywire Ambassador and, most recently, as a finalist in the 2019 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

(See speech in video below)