Its taken One Year, Four Interns, Eight Board members and a heck of a lot of research….

I’m kind of lazy so I just copied and pasted my interview from Bendigo Bank’s Big Plan site…

In a nutshell the Celebrate Living History website is up!! Whooo hooo!!!

My plan success story

1. Now you’ve marked your plan a success, what about it makes you most proud?

Its taken 1 year, 4 interns, 8 board members and a lot of research to get to this level. The Celebrate Living History website showcases my passion in one spot and really is a website made for the community by the community. I really hope from here we start to have a sustainable future, because this is the job that I want for life.

2. What challenges did you face on your journey and what have you learned?

I struggled a lot, I’ve treated Celebrate Living History as a real life uni project. I learnt how to create a not-for-profit enterprise from scratch, how to be a mentor to uni students and how to treat seniors like stars. But I think if I didn’t struggle I would not have appreciated the position I am in now, I am so proud of my students and I’ve learnt that age does not matter, seniors are just people who have lived on the planet longer than I have. They have a wealth of knowledge which I feel honoured to share with the community.

3. What are some ways that PlanBig has helped you?

I think having the plan out there motivated me to keep going, especially at the start when I was doing everything solo.

4. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Please have a gander at the Celebrate Living History website which showcases community, heart and a heck of a lot of work :)

Big Plan

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Vox Pop

Bev Wilkinson asks her favorite questions at the Household Relief Fund Third Annual Charity concert held at the Village Williamstown on Saturday 22 June.

What type of advice would you give to the younger generation?

Get any job if you don’t work your stuck on the dole. I’ve done it all and saved money.

Vice Connell

Go and be a nurse, it’s a good career path I was able to help people and my father just before he died.

Keep yourself fit and play golf

Alice Kane


What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?

Read widely, keep your options open and study.

John Jennings


What advice would you give your younger self?

Stay healthy; be proud of what you are doing

Myrtle Cameron


What advice would you give to the younger generation?

Drink less and be good to your mother.

Netta Mitchell


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Study hard and stay in school. Enjoy yourself and explore many avenues while you can.

Grab any opportunity you get.

What advice would you give the younger generation?

Slow down, be kind, work hard and treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Ellen M


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Will you read my aura? Stuff I learnt from a psykick!

ImageThe tradition of seeing a psychic once a year is what brought me to the Mind Body and Sprit Festival.

Every year we head to this festival to eat too much, get our hands massaged and learn about our future.

Maybe it’s a whole lot of mumbo jumbo but I can’t help but think I’m heading in the right direction.

I was intrigued by the Aura readings, I always like something tangible to take with me and this included a photograph.

It wasn’t just any photograph it was a psychedelic one with crazy colors, which I thought reflected my personality.

Having a gander at the people in front of me I saw their photos had one or two colors and here I was with green, yellow, red, white and blue.

Curious I headed to the table to get my reading and the first thing the psychic said was my photo was so bright.

I tried to keep my face blank so she would not gauge any hints or clues about my personality.

It was quite interesting what the colors represented and uncanny that she repeated the same predictions as previous psychics.

Once again I heard the line “There is a big change coming,” and I was thinking it’s about time! 

I’m really hoping in the next few months Celebrate Living History will evolve and start to have a life of its own, even though I feel like CLH is my baby it would be nice to not be on such a tight budget and finally say good bye to my customer service jobs.

Sometimes I feel like I live a double life I’m giving advice to students and working with seniors but yet I still depend on my customer service work to fund everything.

One day I know there will be a balance but on the bight side the accounting books are simple for CLH its mainly expenditure paid by myself.

Surprisingly the bulk of the colors included green, which signified balance, and that healing and teaching are enhanced.

She asked if I was a teacher or a nurse, as these colors are quite high in caring professions.

I’m neither but in a way I think I am somewhat of a teacher. I mentor and lead student interns and I’m planning workshops with seniors from the U3A.

I also hang out in retirement homes but not as a nurse just to listen to stories or chill with the seniors.

Yellow was also a headlining color she says it signifies intellect and an affinity to variety and happiness.

Ask anyone who knows me if there is a situation that seems really grim I always tend to look on the bright side. I think of ways to break down barriers and create opportunities others don’t see.

I’m overwhelmingly enthusiastic and the security guards at work are always curious about the books on social enterprise, grants, community groups, Star Bucks and recording stories they see when checking out my bag!

If there is a way I’ll always be learning, I treat Celebrate Living History like a big giant university project and once I start something I always try to gain a HD!

Blue signified that I am trustworthy, communicative and prophetic, which is true people know once I say I’ll do something it will not always be straight away but I do end up doing it.

Just like the Frankston exhibition, I told all the seniors I interviewed that I would celebrate their stories.

It was a struggle but I managed to make the exhibition come alive, I did it all with little help and funds. If there is a way I make things happen, but in hindsight I should have asked for help trying to create an exhibition is the work of many people not one.

In the end the exhibition was amazing but if I were ever to create another one I would be more strategic and make it one to really remember. White represented a sprit that is looking after me, I think it is my Grandma it sounds strange but the day after the exhibition I was doing the washing and the taps kept turning on even when I turned them off.

It was weird but I wasn’t scared and its funny the first photograph sold was that of my Grandma in the 1930s.

Also white shows that I am humanitarian, holistic and true which I think is the right description for myself.

Maybe the reading was just an outlet for me to really look inside myself but I can’t help but think a brighter future is just around the corner.



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Exciting first meeting with the U3A Creative Writing class at the Baxter Village

Exciting first meeting with the U3A Creative Writing class at the Baxter Village

Here I am with Creative Writing teacher John Tinney, laying the foundation for an exciting workshop with university students and seniors in August!

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June 5, 2013 · 6:30 am

Hooray Celebrate Living History Facebook makeover!

Hooray Celebrate Living History Facebook makeover!

We just had a make over thanks to Tanya from Batdesign in Frankston :)

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April 26, 2013 · 10:17 am

Anzac Day Parade Melbourne

Sneak peek at some photos I took at the Anzac Parade in Melbourne.






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Hanging out with seniors then with the youngies….

The lure of catching up with one of my senior stars is what kicked off a boozy weekend.

It’s been a while since I’ve drunk myself silly in 24 hours, but I had to make a few sacrifices for the greater good!

So the first wine started at Gail Dudeck’s garden party, I was in serious reporter mode but the conversation started flowing and I ended up sharing quite a few yarns over a few drinks.

It’s really nice just to chill and some of the best conversations always happen when you don’t expect them.

As always it’s a bit awkward being the youngest person in the garden but then everyone forgets about age and starts to open up.

Having a gander at the ladies gossip reminded me of my friends and how we would catch up over coffee.

There was laughter and lots of giggling they were chatting about the latest at the U3A, first loves and their husbands being in the boys club.

I brought out the Celebrate Living History of Frankston portfolio so they could have a look at some of the old photographs.

Some of the seniors remembered seeing Miss Frankton in her prime and chatted about how it was a shame we don’t dress up for special events at the beach now.

They talked about fashion and how some ladies don’t leave a lot to the imagination, somehow along the way inches were shortened and we started to reveal more and more.

As always I asked my favorite question “If you could turn back time what advice would you tell your younger self?”

One of my best answers was from Elizabeth Alexander who said “To not worry, when your young you worry all the time.”

This hit a chord with me later in the night where I was out celebrating my birthday at a nightclub with my friend Kate.

It was a stark contrast to a garden party with music blaring and 18 year-olds on the dance floor!

One of the dancers looked really uncomfortable while she looked pretty; she kept tugging at her skirt then pulling down her top.

She looked really awkward, she was smiling at her friends but once they glanced away she just looked worried.

If only Elizabeth could have been in the room I’m sure she would have told her to wear a different outfit, stop worrying and enjoy being in the moment.

Sometimes we worry about the little things in life and don’t realise its the moment that counts!


Victoria, Sue and Elizabeth


Gail and friends

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My Birthday celebrations

Sun Beach Girl Quest 1953 Miss Frankston

Miss Frankston

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