• Panel Moderator Virginia Haussegger

    Panel Moderator Virginia Haussegger

  • Simon Cosier.

    Simon Cosier.

  • Women on a Mission Panel with moderator Virginia Haussegger, Michelle Blewitt, Louise CUrtis and Charlie Heldreich

    Women on a Mission Panel with moderator Virginia Haussegger, Michelle Blewitt, Louise CUrtis and Charlie Heldreich

  • A 'Lollypotz' bouquet.

    A 'Lollypotz' bouquet.

  • Dr Charlie Heldreich, anaesthetist with SnowyHydro Southcare and at Canberra Hospital

    Dr Charlie Heldreich, anaesthetist with SnowyHydro Southcare and at Canberra Hospital

  • Louise Curtis, CEO of Lollypotz, Hamperesque and Pink Frosting

    Louise Curtis, CEO of Lollypotz, Hamperesque and Pink Frosting

  • Michelle Blewitt, Intensive Care Paramedic and the longest serving member of the SnowyHydro SouthCare team

    Michelle Blewitt, Intensive Care Paramedic and the longest serving member of the SnowyHydro SouthCare team

  • Panel Moderator Virginia Hausegger and SnowyHydro SouthCare Board member

    Panel Moderator Virginia Hausegger and SnowyHydro SouthCare Board member

  • Ayesha Razzaq with Eoghan O'Byrne

    Ayesha Razzaq with Eoghan O'Byrne

  • Cree McRae and Bron Bitmead

    Cree McRae and Bron Bitmead

  • Desiree Alamarz Saavedra and Katrina Fields

    Desiree Alamarz Saavedra and Katrina Fields

  • Katrina Duncan, Caroline Whitelum, Mike Castle, Deb Shields and Kate Van Haalen

    Katrina Duncan, Caroline Whitelum, Mike Castle, Deb Shields and Kate Van Haalen

  • Melanie Howard, Alison Grimes and Kathleen Buckley

    Melanie Howard, Alison Grimes and Kathleen Buckley

  • Rachel Davey, Jen Webb, Kylie McKenzie, Maree Sainsbury and Jenny Weekes

    Rachel Davey, Jen Webb, Kylie McKenzie, Maree Sainsbury and Jenny Weekes

  • Mary O'Neill and Sally Colquhoun

    Mary O'Neill and Sally Colquhoun

  • Cassandra Blewitt, Michelle Jones and Colleen Wheatley

    Cassandra Blewitt, Michelle Jones and Colleen Wheatley

SnowyHydro 'Women on a Mission' Business Luncheon

12 August 2016

Women on a Mission Business Luncheon continues the excellence in all aspects of the work of SnowyHydro South Care in their missions to provide an exemplary service to this region in often the most dire of circumstances.

There are a lot of women who work, volunteer and support the service in a variety of capacities and for this annual luncheon it was a chance to get to know about three of them; well actually four if we count the indefatigable Virginia Haussegger who stepped in as the moderator for the panel discussion for the ladies who lunch and wonder how the dickens some of these amazing women manage to do what they do.

Virginia is a board member and her colleague on that board Louise Curtis was appointed in 2015. Louise is the CEO of Lollypotz, Hamperesque and Pink Frosting, with three Telstra Business Womens Awards, one Telstra Small Business Award and recipient of the Franchise Woman of the Year twice. But it’s not just business that keeps this lady on her toes as she supports Global Sisters supporting female refugees, is a founding member of the GWS Giant Hearts and is involved in her spare time in start-ups.

Phew. How do they do it? Well it’s a business thing when you know you have to keep things going, that’s exactly what you do. And women are good at coping and doing more than one thing at a time.

In the air is where Michelle Blewitt finds herself as a paramedic  with the service. She qualified as an intensive care paramedic in 1991 and has been with Snowy Hydro SouthCare since its inception in 1998. Her story of the now infamous rescue of sailors in the Sydney to Hobart race that went horribly wrong, a poignant reminder of the risks the helo pilots and their crew take in their missions.

Dr Charlie Heldreich is among the newbies on the block as part of the aero-medical rescue intake of registrars in March this year.

She trained in England and has worked around Australia as a specialist anaesthetist with an interest in trauma, neuroanaesthesia and pain and her real work is as an anaesthetist at Canberrra Hospital.

If ever I need a rescue helo, I’ll be happy to have all these girls on board. Especially Louise’s Lollypotz as we know chocolate fixes just about everything.

So once again the ladies who lunch in this town – when they get a chance – helped boost the coffers, enjoyed the good company, interesting panel and raced back to work and busy lives wondering how these women on the panel manage to do so much more!