HEATHCOTE’S ON A WINNER
Advance Heathcote takes prize at Business Excellence Awards
AND the winner is... Advance Heathcote.
The Bendigo Business Excellence Awards — which recognise the tremendous achievements of local businesses from each industry sector — were held last Friday at the All Seasons.
The room was abuzz all evening while the winners were being an- nounced, with nearly 600 people attending the black tie gala event.
There were 18 categories in total, with Advance Heathcote nominated in the ‘excellence as a not-for-profit’ category. This category was designed to recognise a social enterprise, notfor-profit organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental wellbeing. Providing a social or community benefit was also a prerequisite for the award.
‘‘The competition was tough, we were up against the Bendigo Discovery Science and Technology Centre and Make a Change Australia, so we were happy to have made it as a finalist alongside these wellestablished and recognised not-forprofit organisations,’’ Sandra Slatter, secretary of Advance Heathcote, said.
‘‘No way did we dream we would be the winners, we were absolutely stunned and overwhelmed when the announcement was made.
Peter Maine, Advance Heathcote president, said: “I am delighted and proud of the recognition that our hardworking volunteer efforts are achieving for Heathcote.
‘‘Thank you to our local ward councillors Yvonne Wrigglesworth and Marg O’Rourke, who came along to support us, and also a big thank you to BE Bendigo and congratulations to all those who were either winners or finalists.’’
No way did we dream we would be the winners, we were absolutely stunned and overwhelmed Sandra Slatter —
Sandra Slatter, Peter Maine, Sherrie Coote and Eugene Meegan accept the award on behalf of Advance Heathcote at the Bendigo Business Excellence Awards on Friday.