Words by Jessica Schumann

Well, we’re now officially on the countdown to Christmas as we say farewell to November and usher in the long, hazy days of Summer.

And what better way to celebrate than with our fabulous Canberra Women in Business Christmas Meet & Mingle Party that kicked off the “Silly Season” on Wednesday. With the room abuzz with chatter and end-of-year energy, our new committee were thrilled to welcome over 65 guests that joined us in the festivities and highlights of 2017.

A bookend of sorts for the year that was, our Christmas Meet & Mingle was both our first and last event for the year as we found ourselves reconnecting with members new and old, award winners and sponsors, and a few exciting corporate partnerships that we can’t wait to share with you in the new year, if not before! We also heard from our 2016 Canberra Women in Business Outstanding Community Award winner and recent recipient of the 2017 Telstra Business Award, Elise Apolloni of Capital Chemist Wanniassa who offered a few words of wisdom and home truths…

Women need to support and celebrate the successes of other women…”

But even with all the support in the world, we know Christmas can be a stressful and challenging time of year for everyone successful or otherwise. Yet despite our own struggles, it meant the world to see the room dig deep and raise over $1000 for the Tara Costigan Foundation including a successful auction that will now see our fabulous President, Peta Swarbrick as PA for a Day to Karen Porter from Solace Creations

Plus a big congratulations to all our raffle winners including lucky Melinda Varley from Moxxie Academy who won the delicious $200 hamper from Pialligo Estate filled with some incredible goodies perfect for Christmas!

Thank you to everyone for your “kilos” of donations to the Canberra Women in Crisis Christmas Appeal. Our boot was overflowing with shampoo, body-care products, adult colouring books and more as we delivered them to Tash yesterday afternoon. A big thank you to Barb Forsyth for coordinating the raffle and donations! Donations are still being accepted until Friday 8 December.

Our evening was not complete without the soulful, acoustic sounds of local artist Claire Paton who rose above a few AV tech issues to carry on performing without a mic and treated CWB guests to a special cover of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie. 

Keep an eye out for Canberra Women in Business in next week’s Canberra Weekly social pages and our Facebook page for photos by Ashleigh Croxford of Silque Photography.