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2 May 2011 Academy of Internships Abroad Suite 206, 530 Little Collins Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000 To Whom

It May Concern

7 Lighthouse Avenue PORTLAND VIC 3305

I am writing to introduce myself to your organisation for consideration of an International Internship, particularly in Event Management or related fields, through your organisation. I feel that my calling is in Event Management and I am very attracted to the opportunity to undertake an internship that could assist a career transition into this field, along with satisfying my passion for travel and broader cultural experiences. I have a broad range of practical experience and life skills related to my field of interest, and have just finalised recognition for prior learning process with South West TAFE that will provide me with a Diploma in Event Management. My curriculum vitae (attached) details my employment and personal history including the range of transferable practical skills I have developed which I believe will assist me in successfully fulfilling a role in Event Management. I have a broad background in administration and project support roles in both small business and larger corporate environments, along with a background in hospitality. Commencing in 2012 I aim to partake in a “Bachelor of Business” majoring in Event Management at Latrobe University, Australia. I believe that I have well developed project management skills, superior organizational skills and the ability to build and maintain solid working relationships. My current role as Project Support Officer in the Innovation and Sustainability Department for a regional Victorian Water Corporation has provided me with a solid background in Sustainability principles inclusive of waste management, carbon offsetting, greenhouse reduction and recycled water. I am passionate about being able to utilise these skills and incorporate them into event planning processes for more sustainable outcomes. Recently I have also gained relevant experience through personal activities including 3 years as President of the local Touch Football Association. This has involved initiating and arranging regional league games and tournaments throughout Victoria for a broad range of participants, and successful application for funding grants to support these activities and events. I have also been actively involved in managing a variety of Private Functions inclusive of weddings, several major workplace events and functions, community fundraising events such as the local Relay for Life (Cancer Research Funding), and recently developed my first public Photography Exhibition in collaboration with three other local artists. Further to your eligibility criteria, I consider myself to be in good health, can type accurately in excess of 50 words-per-minute and have strong proficiency with a range of computer packages popularly used in business, as well as more specific applications related to corporate management systems, photography and web publishing. English is my first language. I am hard working, courteous, friendly, liberal and a good communicator, I have strong interpersonal skills and am a team player. I feel that my best attributes include my personality and ability to use my own initiative to adapt to a variety of situations and people. I have a strong desire to succeed in any role I take on. If successful in obtaining a placement this internship will allow me to gain further practical skills and a greater understanding in the event management field, assisting me in completing my tertiary studies and transitioning to my preferred career path. I welcome the opportunity to discuss a potential internship position further, so please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0437 043 550. Yours faithfully,

Kelly Edwards

Kelly Maree Edwards

7 Lighthouse Avenue PORTLAND VIC 3305 AUSTRALIA

+61 437 043 550


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Diploma of Event Management - South West Institute of TAFE 2011 Diploma in Sustainability - South West Institute of TAFE 2011 - Present Certificate IV Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Victorian Institute of Safety and Health 2008 - Present Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment - South West Institute of TAFE - 2007 Certificate IV Business Management - South West Institute of TAFE 2007

Career History:

Wannon Region Water Corporation, South West VIC 2006 – Current Portland VIC AUSTRALIA Project Support Officer • Assist in arranging, conducting and documenting meetings, workshops, audits and training • In association with Corporate Communications, coordinate the design and layout of strategic or public documents for release, and maintain the web site pages relevant to Department (Joomla) • Under limited direction, maintain contacts and appointments with stakeholders • Participate in research and development projects, and provide administrative support to the Wannon Water – Deakin University Research Management Committee • Compile and maintain documentation for Strategies, Policies, Procedures and Reporting Systems consistent with the Vision, Mission and Values of Wannon Water • Support Wannon Water’s OHS, and Integrated Management System policies, as an OHS workplace representative, emergency control officer and internal auditor. Participate in audits as per the IMS schedule. • Provide project support to the General Manager and Project Managers e.g. Waste Minimisation, Recycled Water, Risk Management, Research and Development, Land Management Key Achievements • Under limited direction of the Manager – Risk and Management Systems, develop and deliver training programs to a range of employees in Risk Management principals and the IRIS software systems, and undertake maintenance and forms development within (IRIS) • Administer and manage publication of the internal intranet system (SharePoint) Portland Coast Water 2005 – 2006 Portland VIC AUSTRALIA (Prior to amalgamation as Wannon Water) Corporate Services Officer • Reception duties and administration tasks as required • Receive payment and record receipts for services • Schedule appointments, and maintain and update appointment calendars • Keep a current record of staff members' whereabouts and availability • Collect, sort, distribute and prepare mail, messages and courier deliveries • Process and prepare memos, correspondence, travel vouchers, or other documents Richmond Henty Hotel Portland VIC AUSTRALIA Waitress –Mac’s Hotel & Edwards Waterfront Café (Casual capacity) • Full table service, including preparation of food and beverages • Invoicing and cash handling, customer service and complaint resolution • Safe food handling procedures 2001 – 2010

Coastal Real Estate 2004 – 2005 Portland VIC AUSTRALIA Property Management • Act as liaisons between on-site managers or tenants and owners • Access and certify the eligibility of prospective tenants, following government regulations • Collect monthly assessments, rental fees, and deposits and payment of insurance premiums, mortgages, taxes, and incurred operating expenses • Inspect grounds, facilities, and equipment routinely to determine necessity of maintenance • Investigate and resolve complaints etc. following management rules and regulations • Maintain records of rental activity, property availability, maintenance and operating costs • Market vacant space to prospective tenants via leasing agents, advertising etc • Negotiate the lease of property, and complete or review appropriate documents and forms • Review rents to ensure that they are in line with rental markets Key Achievements • Administered the introduction of an electronic database to manage a rent roll of 150 residential properties and 40 commercial Coastal Real Estate 2002 – 2005 Portland VIC AUSTRALIA Receptionist/Administration Assistant • Cash handling, bookkeeping, banking transactions and communication with stakeholders • General reception and office administration duties as required Portland District Hospital 2002 – 2004 Portland VIC AUSTRALIA Administration Officer, Medical Records Department • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained • Process patient admission and discharge documents • Compile and maintain patients' medical records to document condition and treatment • Contact discharged patients, families, and physicians with follow-up information for registry Nambour General Hospital 1999-2001 Nambour QLD AUSTRALIA Administrative Officer, Medical Records Department • Retrieval of charts for clinics, coding and emergency department • Word processing, data entry into internal database (HBCIS) • Releasing of patient information to relevant internal departments and health care facilities Key Achievements • Managed five employees during a 2 year project for archiving and consolidation of medical records


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Relevant Skills: Beginner level Spanish language Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite and a variety of databases and web development software programs Volunteer Aid: 1- Vanuatu Turtle Conservation and Community Development, 2009 2- Thailand Elephant Conservation, 2010 Personal Interests: Photography, Graphic Design, Scuba Diving, Motorbike Riding, Travel Photographer – Exhibition April 2011, Weddings, Events, Design work Touch Football – President of Club 2009 – Current


Mr. Ian Bail General Manager – Innovation and Sustainability Wannon Region Water Corporation Phone: (+61) 419 002 863

Mrs. Maryanne Hollis Corporate Services Coordinator Wannon Region Water Corporation Phone: (03) 5564 7600