An in­spi­ra­tion to many

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS YOUR SAY - — Denise Deveney (Brown)

I WAS for­tu­nate to read this won­der­ful ar­ti­cle about An­gelo Puglisi and wanted to share my own jour­ney of my ca­reer as a re­sult of this great man’s in­spi­ra­tion.

At 16 years of age, my father and mother knew that tourism was in my sights and were al­ways look­ing for ways to en­cour­age all four of us Deveney kids into ar­eas of in­ter­est and pro­gres­sion.

My par­ents (Greg and Yvonne Deveney) al­ways held great ad­mi­ra­tion of An­gelo’s en­thu­si­asm for life, fam­ily, wine and Stan­thorpe tourism. An­gelo and his lovely wife Mary were al­ways there to sup­port any new fes­ti­val, on­go­ing char­ity while run­ning their own busi­ness and rais­ing a young fam­ily.

My par­ents en­cour­aged me to do work ex­pe­ri­ence and I was the luck­i­est girl in the world to be men­tored by An­gelo at Wine Week at the Crest Ho­tel in Brisbane for three years con­sec­u­tively while I went on to study tourism at Gat­ton Col­lege.

I was able to work along­side of An­gelo for five full days, learn­ing about Stan­thorpe wines, meet­ing other wine­mak­ers and (learn­ing) how to pro­mote the des­ti­na­tion as part of the wine ex­pe­ri­ence.

It was at that mo­ment my won­der­ful ca­reer in tourism be­gan and I knew this in­dus­try was for me.

I will be for­ever grate­ful for the men­tor­ing and the sup­port An­gelo and his fam­ily have af­forded me over the past 40 years. I feel in­cred­i­bly priv­i­leged to have had that first start with An­gelo and to see first-hand what success looked like.

I have been blessed with my ca­reer but I have never for­got­ten the great man who be­lieved in me and made a dif­fer­ence to my choices.

An­gelo is the face of success as a fam­ily mem­ber, a friend, a men­tor, a com­mu­nity leader, a wine­maker. While he may be be­ing staged as a fa­mous face of Queens­land, he is a won­der­ful face to re­mind me of why I chose tourism as my life too.

Thank you An­gelo and con­grat­u­la­tions on your won­der­ful recog­ni­tion. We are all lucky to have your in­flu­ence in our lives.

PHOTO: FILE

IN­SPI­RA­TION: An­gelo Puglisi in­spired many oth­ers in the tourism in­dus­try.

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