Daughters of the West 2018 Graduation

On Tuesday 9th October more than 100 people attended the Daughters of the West 2018 Graduation ceremony held at Oscars Bar & Cafe.

It was wonderful to see so many people come along to support and celebrate our 48 graduates.  Special guests included the City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh and Western Bulldogs Football Club mascot Roxie.

Ballarat was one of 7 locations to introduce the Daughters of the West program in 2018 after a successful pilot project in 2017.  After consulting with women as part of the pilot project, this program aims to provide education sessions and physical activity for women of all activity levels.  For many women, attending the Daughters of the West program provides a place for them to take time out of their busy lives and focus on their own health.

As part of the ceremony, each graduate was presented with a graduation jacket as a momento of their time and participation in the program.

We also awarded one participant the Club Champion Award. This award is used to recognise particular individuals within the program who show the true characteristics of being a member of the Daughters of the West. This award is not for the loudest or most charismatic participant, but for the participant who continued to show leadership, support for her fellow members, commitment to the education topics, who continued to go out of her way to help others and to promote the teachings of the program, not only to family and friends but to her own community.  This years award was won by Kate Healy who received a signed AFLW Premiership Guernsey.

Special thanks to all our program staff and volunteers:

  • Lilly Kerr – Personal Trainer (Macfilly Fitness)
  • Emily Keem – Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Ballarat Community Health)
  • Maddison Giles – Operational Support
  • Letesha Stephens – Operational Support
  • Alisia Russo – Operational Support
  • Chloe Jackson – Program Coordinator (Sports Central)
  • Jacqui White – Psychologist (Clear Thinking Mental Health Group)
  • Julie Walker – Psychologist (Clear Thinking Mental Health Group)

We also wish to thank the team from the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation for their ongoing support, including Dimity Gannon (Community Health & Wellbeing Manager), Alyssa Huxtable (Community Health Partnerships Officer) and Catherine Dell’Aquila (Community Health Pathways Coordinator).

Many thanks also to Caroline Amirtharajah (Health & Wellbeing Planner) from the City of Ballarat.

This ceremony concludes the 2018 Daughters of the West program and we look forward to future programs in partnership with City of Ballarat and Western Bulldogs Community Foundation.