SOON to be Wangaratta resident Amanda Kelly is passionate about photography, music, guiding girls and women’s health.
With a background in business and accounting, the current chief executive officer for Girl Guides Victoria is now changing organisations, but not roles, and stepping into the chief executive officer position of Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) as their current CEO Susie Reid steps down.
“I chose a career path in business and accounting very early on and it wasn’t that far into my career when I realised that what I really wanted to do was work in the community sector rather than in the commercial sector,” Amanda said.
“Girl Guides Victoria attracted me as an organisation because I see great value in a girls-only space and as a non-formal education program, guiding provides girls with a space to explore what they’re capable of in an environment that is tailored just for them.”
Amanda said one of the most enjoyable things about her role is the opportunity to interact with the girls participating in the program.
“Seeing the activities that the girls are passionate about and hearing their stories first hand is a great motivator.
“I’ll miss that connection with the girls as well as the one with the volunteers, who are passionate, committed and generous and they really make a difference to the lives of the girls they volunteer for.”
Having worked in an organisation that is specifically for women and girls across Victoria, Amanda has been made more aware of the strengths of the women living and working in rural and regional areas, as well as the challenges they face.
“I’ve grown up in Melbourne and this is my first move to live outside of the city so I’m looking forward to getting to know Wangaratta and the Hume region as a whole,” she said.
“While there are challenges for women and girls across the country, working with WHGNE will help me to deeply understand the challenges that affect the women and girls in the Hume region.
“I want to work with the WHGNE team to continue to address the underlying issues that influence women’s health and through this, make a difference to women in the region and I’m really looking forward to exploring the whole of the region and meeting the women who live and work there.
“Coming from an organisation for girls and women, I see the very real benefit of having support structures that are specifically focused on their needs.
“By providing female-focused support and services, access to programs and information, WHGNE and organisations like them can make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of women and girls, and when women and girls are healthy and well, all of the community benefits.”
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