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I see you

I was chatting to a senior and she told me there comes a time in your life that you become invisible.

 Suddenly your not there and people don’t see you, maybe because the blinkers have been taken off my eyes but I asked how? But I can see you?

 She told me sometimes she could be physically there but ignored, people don’t think she is anyone special just a little old lady.

 Then pointed at me and said one day it could be you.

 I thought this was really sad, this was a lady that had achieved so much she had taught and helped pave the way for generations to succeed in life.

 This was a lady who had a wicked sense of humor and so much still to share.

 I am glad that I had the ability to get to know her and see beyond the old lady mask.

 Sometimes we forget the oldies lived a life where they were young, they loved, they taught, they travelled and most of all they gained knowledge, which should be shared.

 Maybe my dream is big but I want to make every senior feel like a star and make younger generations see.

 Just like I have. 


This post is dedicated to my Grandmas who I saw, loved and learnt from.



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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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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

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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If you could turn back time what advice would you tell your younger self?

“To not worry, I worried all the time, I think why did I worry a thosand times, when your young you worry all the time,

“Accept yourself as you are,” Elizabeth Alexander


“Experience brings a lot, I think I would relax more and have more faith in myself. Listening is better than talking, you learn a lot!,” Sue Mair


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Welcome to the world Celebrate Living History Australia INC!

The past year has been building up to this exact moment! Celebrate Living History is an official not-for-profit community enterprise!

Welcome to the world Celebrate Living History Australia Inc., I am so happy to meet you and I can’t wait to work with you to continue connecting with students and seniors!

It has been a long but amazing journey so far, I had no idea 12 months ago this would be the direction I was heading into.

If you had asked me a year ago what a social enterprise was I would have looked at you very strangely.

I would have thought why do I need to know this and what the hell that’s going to be a lot of hard work to create!

From not knowing very much to knowing a hell of a lot I have hounded the experts for advice and buried myself in many books to get to this level.

Its funny I feel like I gave birth to Celebrate Living History and now it has a life of its own, it’s walking, talking and even has a whole bunch of seniors already asking when is the next Celebrate Living History exhibition?

Many thought I was nuts but I think I’ve proved if you believe in what you do then anything is possible.

I hope 2013 is the beginning of a vibrant future for Celebrate Living History and I am so excited to get cracking on what we do best!

not for profit


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