It is with a sad heart that I write this article as it will be my last for the wonderful Revesby Workers’ Club (RWC). As many of you know, I now have the absolute honour and privilege to have been elected to the NSW parliament as the member for East Hills.
To ensure that I can devote all that is required of my new position, I have decided to resign from the RWC board to fully commit to the exciting new challenges I face.
The RWC Directorship has been a wonderful experience. I have met so many new people and made some great new friends. I am constantly amazed by the charity in our community. The wonderful garden club ladies, the generosity and friendliness of the indoor bowls and the men’s and senior golf clubs have touched me over the years. The social connection and community spirit of our many clubs like the snooker, darts, bowls and fishing clubs are so important to the everyday lives of people living in this community. I also take my hat off to members I have met, some into their 80s and 90s now, who have run our small social and sporting clubs for over 50 years. A great achievement and commitment to our community.
I have had the honour to be the liaison director for our Revesby Workers Soccer and the Revesby Workers Touch Footy clubs, which I established in 2019. I’ve also seen the wonderful work our cricket, netball and athletics clubs do to keep people connected, fit and healthy, both physical and mentally.
I’m also proud in the club’s provision of financial support to sections of our community through the scholarship, club grants and school support programs. The help and support our club give to these groups are a vital part of the club’s role in our community.
One of the things I have been most proud of was the club’s leading role in setting up the Biyani House Revesby Women’s Shelter. I’ve been privileged to be on the Biyani House Board and was instrumental in ensuring we opened in January 2022.
Biyani House is an important support resource for vulnerable women and their children. In the first 15 months of the shelter’s operation Biyani House has housed or supported over 100 women and their families who found themselves in desperate situations. The overwhelming generosity our community has shown to support these women is something we should all be proud of.
My time on the board of RWC will always be very special to me and I have particularly loved meeting all our wonderful staff. I want to sincerely thank Scott Bennetts and Tenielle Symington for all they do to support the board. I am so honoured to have experienced being part of a workforce that truly cares for the club and our community.
This culture comes from the top and includes Sharyn Buhagiar who is the most enthusiastic and compassionate HR manager I have met. I am also so lucky to have worked with Sharyn as a fellow Board member for Biyani House.
Finally to my fellow Board directors, you are all wonderfully talented, caring and passionate people and it has truly been an honour to work with you.
I wish the club, board directors and staff all the best for the future and look forward to continuing the friendships with many in the RWC community.
Kylie Wilkinson, Director