Celebration Night Stories from Camberwellians

Celebration Night Stories from Camberwellians

On 20 December 2017, a variety of people who live, work and network in Camberwell gathered together to share their celebration stories from 2017 with others at Elyros, 871 Burke Road, Camberwell. Here are their stories (paraphrased from notes by Sue Ellson). The event was facilitated by local bookkeeper, Bernadette Bacash

Celebration Night Stories from Camberwellians

Celebration Night Stories from Camberwellians


Manu Fernando – Accountant
Keep reminding myself how helpful it is to be out networking and in just five minutes, you can get a job opportunity.

Murray Kha – Finance Provider
Need to be out there and personable and interact with people and look after clients.

Krupal Gandhi – IT Support
Secured Australian Citizenship

Gita Gauba – Science and Human Resources Professional
Relocated to Melbourne, gone through career transition into new career from science to human resources, like smiling and making new friends

John McRae – Website Design and CMS Company
Set up employee benefits trust so that people can own part of the business, finalising the culture code, not project manager on any projects and have improved delegation skills

Ray Usanto – Personal Assistant helping people with Technology and Assistant Accountant
Landed a job that matches my purpose in life, returned from Indonesia, local businesses want local experience, met Sue Ellson and started networking and made own business, very happy helping people in their businesses, all thanks to Sue Ellson for getting me started

Eric Drinkwater – Lecturer at Deakin University in Exercise Sports Science
Launched a Masters in Applied Sports Science, challenging to learn delegation skills and have learnt a new skill set as most academics are accustomed to doing their own thing. Personally started exploring Melbourne and getting out and about to restaurants, cafes and other things to see and do

Sue Ellson – Independent LinkedIn Specialist, Camberwell Network and Newcomers Network Founder, Author of three books
Re-started my Newcomers Network events after 18 months off writing books and re-establishing myself. Personally, learning to let go of things which as a mother, is very hard to do. Looking forward to providing a new format to Camberwell Network next year with a special guest to share their five best tips and then all attendees to share their tips at a new venue. Special thanks to Bernadette Bacash for her facilitation of the events this year and for everyone being a part of the network

Ingrid Pich – Fitness Trainer and Health Coach for 40+
Improved my message, educating people about my upcoming online program and doing the research into it to provide credibility, launching next year!

Garry Prigg – International Business Consultant
Developed and launched transformational leadership program for clients to go global and youngest daughter has now gone through VCE

Rob Chiarolli – Business and Leadership Coach
Guage my success by the success of my clients, couple of physiotherapists in one month, increased income by $10,000 because they had a bottom line pricing blockage and couldn’t see how to increase their value and manage and book clients. Larger law firm of 40 people, completed extended DISC profiling and they became more self aware and realised that they had some toxic relationships and interactions and quantitative issues created a big upheaval, reduced in size, some people realised they shouldn’t be there or they should be in different roles.

Clarence Ho – Digital Agency Atlas Open
Brought Exercise Physiology into gyms across Australia and partnered with 24/7 Plus Fitness, busier year, ran a marathon for the first time, started by going to the gym every Sunday, then half marathon in May, Melbourne Marathon in just over four hours

Amir Shahverdi – Business Coach and Trainer
Running training and business consulting by following processes. Personal level, daughter in year 7. Started business six months ago, secured a contract with large business in country Victoria, pilot program, extended rest of staff and leadership team and secured a national role

Roderick Smith – Public Speaker and Market Researcher
Been actively involved in public speaking with Toastmasters, went to Canada for one month to attend conference with quality speakers, first overseas trip in 31 years, went to Alaska, three provinces and hoping to do the same again next year

Kirsty Wilkinson – Asia Market Maker
Re-established the business after a spending a few years in Indonesia, Japan, UK. Created own business and redefining business export consulting, keen to support women in business, teaching Japanese and Japanese culture

Bernadette Bacash – Bookkeeper and BAS Agent
Facilitating Camberwell Network, grateful to Sue Ellson, something never done before, loved welcoming people here, like hearing stories and helping people find the group that is welcoming, grateful to start and continue, learnt a lot about myself and my hidden qualities

John McRae – Website Design and CMS Company
At the end of the evening, John complimented Bernadette Bacash on how well she has facilitated the events for the year, Sue Ellson for providing everyone with the opportunity and Elyros for being such great hosts. He then offered everyone a free drink – thanks John! 🙂

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