Date posted: 31/03/2022

An update from Sam Sargood CA, Victorian Council Chair

Sam Sargood CA provides an update on behalf of the CA ANZ Victorian Council

In brief

  • Council Update
  • Victorian Council’s key themes
  • Upcoming events

The start of 2022 has probably felt like Groundhog Day for a lot of you, beginning another year working from home, on video calls, and with children screaming in the background unable to go to childcare. However over the past month, it’s been great to see the restrictions lifted and so many people heading into their offices and workplaces, exhibiting an increased level of energy and excitement. I am hopeful that the worst is behind us and that we can fully adopt the ‘new normal’, whatever that may be.

For those who do not know me, my name is Sam Sargood and I am the Chair of the Victorian Council for 2022. I would like to acknowledge and thank Peter Fromont (outgoing Chair) and Deanne Firth (outgoing Deputy Chair) for their leadership over the past two years.

Each year, the Victorian Council identify and agree on key themes that we want to progress. Over the next 12 months, the Victorian Council’s key themes are:

  1. Member engagement – we are seeking to engage with more members, understand the key issues that are impacting the profession and work with CA ANZ to promote change and increase the benefits to CA ANZ members.
  2. Advocacy – we are aiming to support the CA ANZ advocacy team, especially in the lead up to the Victorian and Federal elections, to highlight areas of interest to focus on when advocating for change.
  3. Engagement with CA ANZ – we are engaging with CA ANZ management and Board to provide direct feedback on key themes we are hearing from our members and hearing from them about key updates such as the new CA Program.
  4. Supporting ongoing initiatives – we are keen to assist ongoing initiatives such as member-run forums and the CA Career Transition Toolkit .

With the restrictions easing, the Victorian Council is excited to be welcoming back a number of face to face events in the not too distant future. In particular:

  • CA Communities Events
  • Young CA Networking Events
  • Fellowship Presentation Dinner
  • Young CA Trivia Night
  • New Member Certificate Presentation Ceremony

I encourage everyone to support these fantastic events and I am thoroughly looking forward to catching up with a lot of members in the not too distant future.

Every year CA ANZ considers nominations for Fellowship. Advancement to Fellowship is an outstanding achievement and recognition by CA ANZ, the profession and the Fellow’s peers is something to be very proud of. Fellows do make a difference to the people they work for, work with and the communities in which they serve and Fellowship encourages our members to continue to support and promote the profession and the younger generations who may well become outstanding members themselves. Last year 18 worthy members were awarded Fellowship from Victoria. Thank you to all who have participated in this process in the past and if you wish to participate again or haven’t but would like to, the 2022 Fellowship Nomination process will open soon and details including the nomination forms will be available on the website.

In addition to the Fellowship nomination process, I would like to remind our members that each year we recognise a number of members for their outstanding achievements to the profession. In particular, over the past 12 months we have recognised the following people:

  • Elaine Coghlan has been awarded Honorary Membership of CA ANZ for her outstanding service to CA ANZ and;
  • Danny Whyte received the Young Victorian CA award and was nominated for the CA ANZ’s President’s Prize. This award recognises a member under the age of 35 who has made a significant contribution to the profession and the community.

The CA ANZ website contains more detailed information about the awards which our members are able to be nominated to receive. If you have a peer or colleague that you think meets the relevant award criteria, please nominate them and Victoria Council and/or CA ANZ Council will evaluate each nomination.

As always if there are any matters which you think Victoria Council should focus on, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with Regional Manager - Victoria and Tasmania, Andrew Quinlan in the CA ANZ Melbourne office [email protected].

I hope everyone enjoys the newfound freedom and you are getting out and doing the things that you haven’t been able to do over the past two years and I look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming events.

Sam Sargood CA
Chair – CA ANZ Victorian Council

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