Inaugural dinner attracts education stakeholders

Shay Laurent

From left: Amanda Stables, Theo Bougatsas, Shay Laurent, Lila Mularczyk, Beverley Bruen, Antoinette Sirianni, Jonathan Atkin, Julie Owens MP

Parramatta Association’s inaugural Public Education Dinner on 5 May drew some 90 participants, an expansive representation of public education stakeholders.

Guests included directors, principals, teachers, SASS staff and teachers’ aides from both primary and secondary schools, P&C representatives including the NSW P&C President, community members, politicians and even pre-service teachers.

Association life membership was awarded to two exceptional activists who have supported public education throughout their careers and will continue to do so long into the future: Lila Mularczyk and Theo Bougatsas. Lila’s experiences held the audience captive and Theo’s humility and thanks impressed attendees.

The guest speaker, Parramatta MP Julie Owens, related her own experiences and connections to public education. Her speech had guests enthralled.

A total of $1500 was raised for Stewart House, Federation’s charity of choice. The heartfelt stories Amanda Bisset, marketing manager for Stewart House, shared of how Stewart House has supported children in need touched all present. The money raised will pay for one child’s 12-night stay at Stewart House.

Shay Laurent is Publicity Officer for Parramatta TA