Speaker Date Topic
Vanessa Murphy-Principal,RNS Hospital School Mar 25, 2019
About the RNSH School

Royal North Shore Hospital School provides continuity of education for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 who are patients at Royal North Shore Hospital. The school offers Individual Learning Programs for students who come from metropolitan and country areas, a range of cultural backgrounds and all sectors of schooling. Students remain enrolled at their census school whilst attending our hospital school. While the school is situated on the children's ward, it also caters for older students who may be on the Orthopaedic, Neurosurgical, Psychiatric, Burns or Spinal Wards.

Vanessa is the Principal at Royal North Shore Hospital School and is a leader in Positive Education and Wellbeing. She is passionate about supporting student’s wellbeing by connecting and understanding the context of student lives.  Vanessa will deliver an empowering talk about RNSH School’s innovative approach to supporting their students whilst in hospital. Vanessa and her team have identified a range of strategies that boost positive wellbeing, and that igniting a sense of purpose through authentic engagement greatly increases human connection and belonging.


Vanessa holds a Master of Special Education (Behaviour and Emotional Difficulties) Bachelor of Education, and Diploma of Positive Psychology.

John Friedsam -Canteen Australia Apr 01, 2019
Working directly with adolescents,young adults and families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis

John Friedsam is the General Manager of Divisions at Canteen Australia.  John has specialised in psychooncology service provision and management for the past 16 years.   He is passionate about developing and delivering evidenced based, sustainable supportive care, counselling and group work services to cancer patients and their families.  John has also worked extensively in space of the impact of cancer on families, cancer communications and familial adjustment to cancer - most recently, over the past five years with CanTeen, concentrating his work directly adolescents and young adults who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, that of a family members, or are bereaved due to a cancer related death.

Daniel Anderson Club Manager PCYC North Sydney Apr 08, 2019
New Programmes where we can work together
CASSIE WINTER,Nutrition Programs Advisor OzHarvest Apr 15, 2019
Collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to the needy

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country.

Founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste from the hospitality industry, she decided there had to be a better way.  Starting in Sydney with one van – the first of many donations from Goodman+ Foundation – she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month.

OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.

Education is crucial to the business to help enable positive change for vulnerable people. OzHarvest has education programs, NEST and Nourish which Cassie will outline for usOur new curriculum-aligned education program FEAST for primary school students is currently being piloted, with plans for NSW roll-out this year and nationally in 2020.

OzHarvest has recently opened Australia’s first rescued food supermarket – the OzHarvest Market in Sydney, based on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ philosophy. There is also a new OzHarvest Food Truck, available for corporate, community and private functions and helping feed communities in need around Sydney.

No Meeting,Public Holiday Apr 22, 2019
No Meeting Apr 29, 2019
Sue Raveane Apr 30, 2019
Club 50th Birthday Celebration-Kirribilli Club
Shelley Whittington May 06, 2019
Destiny Rescue Up-Date

Shelley will be joining us for an up-date on all the work Destiny Rescue has been doing so far this year

Edmund D'Cruz,CEO of Pheonix House May 13, 2019
An IT Lab for Youth at Risk
Christopher Anthony-Board Member and Co-founder May 20, 2019
Teachers on Wheels
Mark Staples Jun 17, 2019
Y2019-20 Planning Discussion
Mark Staples Jul 01, 2019
July Changeover Dinner

Venue and timing TBA

District Govenor Kalma McLellan to visit our Club Aug 19, 2019