Club of

Altona City

D9800 Australia

Hobson’s Bay Mayor, Angela Altair, presented the Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence at a special dinner held at the Kooringal Golf Club on 22 October. Another highlight of this special night was a terrific presentation by best-selling author, actress and online marketing specialist Bernadette Schwerdt. She spoke about how to build an effective online business.

Positive feedback was received from Mayor Angela Altair, Past District Governor Dr Murray Verso, and Guest Speaker Bernadette Schwerdt:
 (Emeritus) Mayor, Angela Altair said: 

It was very rewarding to be involved in the Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence.

What a great opportunity to shine a light on our hardworking teachers who bring so much passion and commitment to their work.

Teachers and principals play a pivotal role in young people’s lives, often becoming a source of inspiration.

Through the good work of our friends at Rotary, Hobsons Bay’s valuable school principals and teachers got the recognition they deserved.

Congratulations to Rotary on this great event and to everyone who received an award. On behalf of the city, thank you for your dedication.”  

PDG Dr Murray Verso said:

"The teaching awards night was a great initiative by the Altona City Rotary Club. The outstanding work of our best teachers often goes unheralded. The dinner enabled the wider community to gain some insight into how four exceptional teachers were having positive impacts on the students in their schools. It was inspiring stuff.”

And Guest Speaker, Bernadette Schwerdt, told us:

"Altona City Rotary sure know how to put on an event. It was a privilege to be invited to speak to the club and to see the great work they do. It was great to see those incredible teachers get rewarded for the dedication they have to their students and to see how Rotary plays a part in helping them get recognised."

Congratulations to the four teachers honoured- Amy O'Dowd, Josephine Montalti, Sally Tonge, and Julie Mason, whose citations are summarized below.