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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.

Monique Gibson (Vice President)

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Born in Moulamein NSW, Monique moved to Shepparton in 2021 and works in her own health and wellbeing business. Monique grew up in a small community regularly volunteering and servicing in committees and saw how much committees hold the community together, gives space for connections and can really help a community thrive.


The GVYP Committee welcomed Monique in 2022 and she is eager to get events happening in the community to connect young people to new networks. 


Monique is very passionate about helping people heal their minds and bodies holistically within her business and carries that same passion with her in many areas of her life. 


Monique enjoys contributing to her community and learning what people need in order to find social connections in their community.

Ryan Kelly (Treasurer)

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Ryan was born in Bega, a small town in regional NSW and the home of the dairy company Bega cheese. 


After completing high school he moved to Canberra to begin studying a Bachelor Engineering at the Australian National University. Half way through the degree, Ryan relocated to Melbourne to complete his Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University.


In 2021 during the peak of Covid Ryan went full circle, accepting a role as an engineer at the Bega Cheese plant in Strathmerton, 60kms north of Shepparton. Ryan is a keen wood worker and enjoys building furniture in his time away from work but most of his spare time is spent with his German shepherd fur baby.


Having grown up in a regional part of Australia and moving from big cities, Ryan is passionate about assisting those who have relocated to smaller towns such as Shepparton and showing what a great lifestyle living in the country side can be.

Karen Luk (Secretary)

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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. 


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.


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. 

Danielle Tait (Media and Communications)


Danielle is a local Shepparton resident and rejoins the GVYP committee after 5+ years living and working interstate. Danielle is the Centre Manager of Shepparton Marketplace and is excited to be part of the committee once again.


She completed a Bachelor of Business at Latrobe University in Shepparton and has worked in shopping centre marketing over the past 10 years.


Danielle loves nothing more than coordinating, promoting and organising events and connecting with new people that are living in the Goulburn Valley. 

 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)


Marie was born and raised around Birmingham in England, An avid traveller and adventurer she settled in Australia in 2018 and made the GV her home.


Marie is a pharmacist by trade but she has a passion for adventure and all things related to the outdoors! Loving a hike or camping with her beautiful German Shepard Bella by her side.


Her other areas of interest include meeting new people & making new friends whilst also sharing her passion and experiences with others. 

Marie is looking forward to co-ordinating some more outdoor GVYP adventures to showcase the best the region has to offer.

Rakshitha Rao (Committee Member)

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More info coming soon...


GVYP Mini Golf & Lunch

When: Saturday 22 June

Where: Emerald Bank Mini Golf & Peppermill Inn for Lunch

Time: 11am (Mini Golf)
           1pm (Lunch at Peppermill)


Join us for  a game of mini golf, followed by a warm lunch at the Peppermill . $15 for mini golf, lunch at own expense. 

GVYP Monthly Social Dinner

When: Thursday 4 July

Where: Shepparton Brewery

Time: 6:30pm

Monthly dinner reservation at Shepparton Brewery for casual dinner and drinks. 

GVYP Trivia Night 

When: Friday 26 July

Where: Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club, Welsford Street

Time: 6:30pm
Price: $25 members, $30 non-member


Join us for an evening of trivia, dinner, cheap drinks and great company! Dinner includes pizza and light snacks.

RSVP with any dietary requirements for catering purposes by Wednesday 24 July to


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