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Nov 09

CAA's Annual General Meeting

Date & Time
9 November 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(UTC+11:00) Australia/Sydney

The Annual General Meeting of the Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT Incorporated ABN 58 877 417 536 has been convened as an online only meeting via Zoom for 7.00pm on Wednesday 9 November 2022. All financial members are invited to attend online. View the Notice of Meeting here: 2022 Notice of Annual General Meeting.

Professional and Life members are eligible to cast their vote on all resolutions by completing the electronic voting form by 7.15pm on 9 November 2022. This voting form has been emailed to eligible voting members from the SurveyMonkey platform.



Jenine Smith

Jenine has worked as a school-based Careers Adviser for over 20 years. She joined the CAA Executive Committee in 2011 and has been President since 2018.  Jenine is again nominating for the position of President to continue what she has started in endeavouring to raise the profile of school-based Careers Advisers not only in schools but with Government and industry as well. CAA has built connections with relevant Federal and State Government departments and sections along with numerous industry-based organisations developing relationships and work to support our role in ensuring our students are successful in their post-school pathways. Jenine has also worked on providing a voice to inform on the reality of what we actually do in schools including writing countless submissions to reports and reviews on education about how we value add to our students’ outcomes and in turn, the educational outcomes for our school.  Jenine represents CAA on the CICA council and sits on their Executive.  She also represents CAA on the Training Services NSW VET Consultative Forum.

Vice President Government Schools

Linda Drenkhahn

Linda is currently the Careers Adviser at Bulahdelah Central School. Her original CA’s training was in 1994 through the Department when she was a general secondary teacher at Trundle Central School. She spent 5 years at Broken Hill High School as full time CA before moving to Great Lakes College in 2003 and to her current position in 2017. Linda upgraded her Careers qualification through ACU in 2011 to further develop her knowledge and skills. As a professional Careers Adviser with many years of experience she enjoys a high level of respect from her peers. She has assisted and mentored fellow Careers Advisers many times also giving freely of resources and programs that she has developed for the benefit and use of others. Linda is currently Secretary of the LNCCAA, and has held active voluntary executive roles both within her local careers network as Secretary and President, and at the NSW CAA level where she held the Secretary position for 2012-14. Linda stepped up in 2020 to fill a casual vacancy on the CAA Executive Committee and is currently the Secretary of CAA.

Vice President Non-Government Schools

Susan Stewart

Susan has held the position of Career Adviser at Bethlehem College, Ashfield since 2005 and commenced as Careers Adviser at the International French School of Sydney in 2022. Susan completed the Post Graduate Certificate of Career Education at the Australian Catholic University in 2005, a Master of Education at the University of Sydney in 1992 and a Diploma of Counselling from Unifam Education in 2004. Susan is an experienced teacher of VET Hospitality and VET Coordinator with a CIV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Susan is the current CAA Executive Committee Vice President Non-Government Schools, a position she has held since 2011.


Susan Sundstrom

Sue has been one of the Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT’s (CAA) quiet achievers over the 32 years she was a Careers Adviser. She has worked hard to ensure Careers Advisers and our concerns are heard while also working full time as Careers Adviser and VET Co-Ordinator at Picton High School, all without us being aware of the hours she has put in. In her job at Picton High School she supported students to ensure the best possible post-school outcomes in terms of further training or study. In her voluntary role as a member of the CAA Executive for 25 years, Sue has worked continuously behind the scenes to champion the cause of Careers Advisers in schools with relevant parties at both the State and Federal levels of government and the Education industry. Sue also represented CAA over many years at the Professional Teachers Council (PTC) and liaised with the Careers Industry Council of Australia (CICA) as they worked to develop our industry Standards. In 2009, Sue took on the role of President, and worked with the Executive to grow and strengthen CAA membership and maintain the relevance, and presence, in the Education system of Careers Advisers.  Sue was awarded Life membership of CAA in 2016. Sue stepped down as President in 2018 and is currently the Treasurer of CAA.


Glenys Lawson

After 18 years of working as a Careers Adviser I am dedicated to the ongoing support of my colleagues through a commitment to our association. I've enjoyed a role as coordinator of my local CAA chapter for 14 years, including the CAA (NSW &ACT)  treasurer's role from 2015 -18. I've been included in the Work Studies writing team in 2020/21, and have participated in careers work from the classroom to national consultations with stakeholders for future career opportunities for young people. As I move into retirement I have the time, energy and focus to commit to providing a broad base of expertise in support of Career Education into the future.

 Committee Member Nominees (4 positions available):

Lirria Latimore

Liri Latimore has represented her various networks on the CAA Executive since 1978. Liri has also held the various CAA NSWACT positions of Membership Officer, Minutes Secretary and Professional Development Officer. Over recent years she’s been the Vice President, Gov schools. Liri was asked by her principal at Liverpool Boys High to go and retrain as a Careers Adviser in 1979. It was then she joined CAA and has been a professional member of CAA ever since. Liri has represented and presented for the association at many functions over the years and is a valued member of our Executive Committee. Liri received Life Membership of the Association in 2017 in recognition of over 20 years on the Executive Committee. She has taught in a variety of settings from city & country schools, co-educational, single sex girls as well as single sex boys schools. She has taught in lower socially economic and ‘difficult’ schools, a selective school, small & larger schools. At present Liri is the Careers Adviser and VET Co-ordinator at a large Sports High school. Although working in a mainly secondary setting, Liri was approached by the University of Wollongong to work in their Careers Dept part time for a couple of years, acquiring a tertiary perspective in Careers advising as well. She was also approached by TeachNSW & seconded to being their Promotions and Presentation Officer for 2 years. The position involved her travelling extensively to schools throughout NSW and the ACT, whilst also representing CAA NSWACT at the time.  She is involved and attended many meetings of the Teachers Federation Special Interest Group (SIG) for Careers Advisers. Liri Latimore is a very active member of the CAANSWACT in her Vice Presidential role for public schools and passionate about the importance of role of Careers Advisers.


Tracy Ryan

Tracy has been a Careers Adviser since 2008 and retrained with the DEC through RMIT. Since then she has been a Careers and Transition Adviser in Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Hunter Central Coast. She has also Chaired the Nepean Careers Forum and been the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Co-Ordinator for Northern Sydney Region. 2020 marks the conclusion of Tracy's Central & Far West Adventures as she returns to Northlakes High School as Head Teacher Welfare and Careers Adviser. Tracy is excited to be in closer contact with colleagues and brings a new awareness of working in rural and remote NSW. Tracy joined the CAA Executive Committee in 2012 and is currently the Awards & Membership Officer. Tracy was integral to the introduction of a range of new awards in 2019 which acknowledge the work of Careers Advisers in schools.


Alexandra Boase

I am a passionate Career Advisor who has been in education for over 20 years, and in the role as a Career Advisor for over 6 years. I am currently CAA's Communications Officer with 2021 being my first year on the Executive Committee. I have an innovative technological perspective and understanding to the future growth in the careers area and also technical skills that I can use in the role. I have a hands-on understanding of the important role TVET and vocational pathways play and understand the complex nature of the courses, but also a deep understanding of the university system here and internationally, as I have an international educational background myself. My interest in communications has always been there, my father is a journalist and my sister is a crisis management and communications specialist. I have seen first-hand the impact and value that great PR and communication can bring to an organisation both internally and externally. I would love to have the opportunity to help shape the internal communication between Careers Advisors throughout the state. I would also like to help the NSW CAA raise their profile externally and build awareness about the importance, role and impact that CA’s can bring to schools and students. I am very passionate about the impact of government policy and the direct impact on our students. I would love to be able to help be a voice for all the CA’s in NSW at times of change and policy making. It is a very valuable voice that needs to be heard and I would relish the opportunity to be part of making it happen. Thank you for taking the time to read my statement and I hope that you too can see the value that I could bring to the Committee.


Mick Lee

Mick has been a Careers Adviser in the Hunter Valley for more than 20 years and was teaching long before his first appointment as Careers Adviser in 2000 at Maitland High School. He has been an active member of his local Careers Adviser network and has previously been a member of the CAA Executive Committee as Membership & Awards Officer in 2009 after being co-opted to the committee in 2008. Mick has also worked at Maitland District Office as a VET SPO. He was a member of the CAA Advocacy Committee where he promotes and supports the role of Careers Advisers in Government, Independent and Catholic Schools. Mick has presented at several CAA New Careers Advisers Days, providing education and support to new Careers Advisers. Mick has also delivered exciting and valuable workshops at Conference many times. He is an excellent networker and has worked hard to share and extend his knowledge and experience beyond the local area. Mick is a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Careers Department of his school and to his local Careers network and CAA. In 2019 he was recognized by his peers by being awarded the Hilary Bolin Award. He wants to be on the CAA Executive Committee to ensure regional Careers Advisers continue to have a voice at the state level. 


Nathan Cassilles 

Nathan is in his 10th year as Careers Adviser and Vet Coordinator at Yanco Agricultural High School, a fully residential public school located in the Western Riverina. He originally trained as a PDHPE teacher at the University of Wollongong and then completed a Graduate Certificate in Careers Education through RMIT. Nathan has been the president of the Western Riverina Careers Adviser Network for the past 7 years and is an executive board member with the local group training provider and employment centre. He is also part of the steering committee for the “Grow Our Own” program which is an alliance between business, industry and education to inform and inspire young people into living, working and learning in the Riverina. Nathan is passionate about career education and opportunities for rural and remote students and hopes to represent Careers Advisers on the CAA Executive Committee.

Maggie Booth

Maggie is at St Peter's Anglican College Broulee and has worked professionally as a Career Practitioner since 2006 She completed a Graduate Certificate in Career Development through RMIT in 2009 and a Bachelor of Business. Maggie is a current member of the CAA, Career Development Association of Australia, Far South Coast Careers Association, and previously the Shepparton District Careers Association and the Career Education Association of Victoria.  Maggie has worked in Public (Cobram Secondary College), Independent (Cobram Anglican Grammar), and Catholic (St Mary of the Angles, Nathalia) schools in Victoria. She has supported students with career guidance, work experience coordination, tertiary application support, subject selection, school-based apprenticeship, traineeship, and VET program management. Moving from Victoria in 2021, Maggie is new to the NSW system and has been navigating the differences between the VCE and HSC regarding subject selection and how Vocational opportunities fit into this program. She has been with the Career Insights program for the past four years on a casual basis in Victoria. Maggie advocates for the Morrisby program and currently use it with year 9 to 12 students at St Peter's and privately as a consultant. Maggie volunteered as the Vice and President of the P and C at her children's last school, Tocumwal Public School between 2017-2021 before relocating to Batemans Bay, as well as being a committee member of our local Race Club. She appreciates the responsibilities of being on a committee. Maggie looks forward to supporting members on the South Coast while enjoying the opportunity to help shape the future of Career Development in NSW. Maggie also looks forward to being a committee member with professional opportunities that support her personal interest and career development.  



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