Meaghan Thompson (President)
Meaghan was born and raised in Wodonga and moved to the Goulburn Valley in 2015 by way of Wangaratta. After obtaining her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at La Trobe University, Wodonga she went on to gain a post graduate certificate in Nursing Practice - Rural Critical Care from the University of Melbourne.
Meaghan has been a Critical Care Registered Nurse who worked at Goulburn Valley Health. She is currently a Secondary School nurse with the Department of Education.
Meaghan is a great lover of all things musical theatre and movies, and believes there's nothing better than settling down with a glass of wine and a good book!
Meaghan is a big believer that organisations like the GVYP’s encourage young professionals to live in regional areas and offer easy accessibility to social activities.
Ashviney Vigneswaran (Vice President)
Ash was born and raised in the vibrant city of Melbourne. She moved to the Goulburn Valley in January 2021 after completing a Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne. Consulting at Graham Hill Eyecare in the heart of Shepparton, Ash has grown very fond of the town and joined the GV Young Professionals committee in 2021. She loves her books, coffee, Indian classical dancing and spending time with her beautiful husky, Maxwell.
She strongly believes in the importance of this organisation and the role it plays in connecting like-minded individuals on both a social and professional platform. Ash is excited to help welcome more people to the Goulburn Valley!
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Karen Luk (Secretary)
Karen was born in Hong Kong and grew up in (reportedly) the most ‘liveable’ city Melbourne. She relocated to Canberra in 2013 to complete a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University. After practicing as a lawyer in Melbourne for a few years, she escaped the rat-race and moved to Shepparton in 2021 and now works as a lawyer in scenic Echuca.
Contributing to the community is at the core of Karen’s motivation to be a GVYP committee member. She remembers fondly the first GVYP event she attended at the Shepparton Brewery and the gleeful feeling seeing other diverse and talented young people connecting and helping each other.
Even though she has only recently called country Victoria home, she can’t imagine living without the seeing the changing colours of paddocks on her drive to work and the peaceful views of Gum trees shading the river. On the weekend, Karen is pottering around her home garden and taking her time browsing local markets for something new to grow or cook. Karen likes to think she shares the same generosity and determination in her life as she does to her love for cooking. Someday in the (near) future, she hopes to visit Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian and see the Big Apple!
Brendan Tam (Committee member)
Whilst born in Sydney, Brendan is a Victorian at heart, having grown up in Traralgon, Gippsland. He attended the University of Melbourne, completing both a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Sciences before crossing the globe and embarking upon a Masters in History at the University of Edinburgh.
Since returning to Australia in late 2019, Brendan has relocated to the Goulburn Valley to take up a job as a Planning Officer at SPC. He is an avid reader, board game aficionado, podcaster and casual runner.
Brendan believes that the GVYP has a vital role to play in building and growing connections between young professionals, particularly those who are new to the region, in order to foster a vibrant and thriving community
Morgan Dyer (Committee Member)
Morgan was born and raised in Wagga Wagga and moved to the Goulburn Valley in 2019 after obtaining a communications degree in Melbourne. She started out at the The Shepparton News before she moved on to be a Television reporter at Win News.
Morgan loves all things, food, fashion and footy and a red wine or two! Having grown up in a regional area she feels at home in communities like Shepparton and believes regional areas have endless opportunities regardless of whether you want to live there for a week, a month, a year or a lifetime.
Morgan joined GVYP committee as she wanted to give back to the region after she was welcomed into the Shepparton community with open arms.
She believes it's a great way for young voices to be heard in the wider community to ensure regional areas provide opportunities for young people.
Marie Payton (Committee Member)
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Maitland Overall (Committee Member)
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GVYP Glitz & Glam Party
A night out on the town, absorbing the incredible view over the lake from the Shepparton Art Museum's balcony rooftop bar. Tickets include canapes, a drink token for a few drinks* (beer, wine & soft drink) and plenty of fun, laughs and a great time.
When: Saturday 22 October
Where: Shepparton Art Museum
Book tickets: Via EventBrite
There will be no door sales, purchase via eventbrite link.
GVYP Dinner @ BelCibo & Co + Ten Pin Bowling
When: Friday 30 September
Where: 6.30pm - Dinner
8.00pm - Bowling