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.

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