On the Couch

One of our most loved annual events is Border Trust’s ‘On the Couch’.

This annual event brings together new and old members of the Border Trust community to hear from a guest speaker with a story to tell…

Now in its ninth year, On the Couch held its inaugural conversation in 2012 with local politician, the Honorable Tim Fisher A.C. who spoke about his 1,000 days as Australia’s first resident Ambassador to the Holy See, in Rome.

Every year since, the bar continues to rise as we have heard speakers of local relevance and worldly interest, deliver a keynote address to a packed theatre.

Due to the Coivid19 pandemic, we are unable to run ‘On the Couch’ in 2020. We look forward to delivering another outstanding speaker to the Border region in 2021.

On the Couch, through the years

2019 – The Baker Family and the documentary ‘Solstice’ captured the stories of those who are daily on the frontline in the battle for better mental health care, the survivors of suicide.

2018 – Dr Karl Kruszelnicki A.M treated our On the Couch guests to a conversation like no other, starting with his journey to Australia (and his local connection), what’s important about Mongolia, where we will find life elsewhere in the solar system and the relationship between vampires, zombies and cockroaches.

2017 – David Kapay of Miss Amelie is a Wodonga local who spoke about the fateful plane flight to London which resulted in him walking into a job at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant/charity Fifteen, the cultures of high profile celebrity kitchens and his desire to put Albury Wodonga on the foodie map in a big way.

2016 – Suzanne Young is a Scot’s School Alumni and former CEO, who has led major change initiatives in some of our biggest companies including IAG, Qantas, the Commonwealth Bank and Unisys.  Suzanne spoke of her motivation, determination and leadership; a wonderful example of our the locally grown talent.

2015 – Charles Waterstreet, an Australian author, barrister, filmmaker, theatre producer and newspaper columnist, Charles  grew up in Albury and was the inspiration for the popular ABC TV series Rake, based loosely on his professional and personal life. Charles appeared as counsel in many difficult trials and appeals and appeared for many defendants in social security cases, murder trials, drug trials, rape cases and false memory trials.

2014 – Matina Jewell is a retired UN Peacekeeper and an extraordinary local. Her distinguished military career culminated with a coveted posting to serve as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East where she was caught in the crossfire when a full-scale war erupted between Israel and Lebanon in 2006. Matina lives locally in Wodonga  and holds a number of distinguished Government and not for profit board positions.

2013 – Barrie Cassidy grew in Chiltern and started his career straight out of high school as a cadet journalist with the Border Mail. He went on the become one of Australia’s most experienced political commentators, having covered federal politics since the late 1970s. He covered 13 federal elections, two of them as senior adviser and press secretary to Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in political capitals, Washington and Brussels, has hosted the ABC’s 7.30 Report and Insiders, and is a successful author.

2012 – The Honorable Tim Fisher A.C spoke about his first 1,000 days as Australia’s inaugural Resident Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome. The conversation was an intimate and often quirky look at his time overseas. He spoke of the canonisation of Mary McKillop, the first journey of the Caritas Express from the Vatican’s own railway station, his journeys further afield to places such as Jerusalem and the incredible library stored underneath the Vatican.

On the Couch is proudly sponsored by Regent Cinemas.

Local businesses supporting the Border Trust

Local businesses really are the cornerstone of our local community.

That’s why Border Trust is building a network of like-minded businesses to support local giving and the Border’s local community foundation.

The concept is simple and how you raise funds is really up to you.

It could be through well-placed collection tin, creating a Local Giving Month event (or attending one of ours), donating proceeds from a workplace fundraiser or simply committing to supporting your community through a one-off donation – it all adds up.

Tell us your idea and your business, school or club’s participation by contacting us at mail@bordertrust.org.au.

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