Rosie Koop named new Executive Officer of Tomorrow Today

By Simon Ruppert

Tomorrow Today has a new executive officer with Rosie Koop named as successor to former Benalla Mayor Pat Claridge.

Ms Koop said that Ms Claridge made a remarkable contribution to the Benalla community through her work with Tomorrow Today during the past nine years.

“Our Education Benalla Program now consists of 22 different activities, delivered through an array of extremely productive partnerships,” Ms Koop said.

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“The number of direct participants in these programs is in the order of 1500 people annually, with benefits flowing to a great many others.

“The level of collaboration seen in Benalla to support our kids is exceptional.

“I believe that Pat has played a pivotal role in achieving this, consistently looking for the opportunities whereby working together we can all achieve more.

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“We thank Pat for her leadership, dedication, good humour and so much more, as she has helped guide Tomorrow Today to the strong position it enjoys today.”

Pat Claridge (centre) with one of her retirement gifts. She is pictured at her retirement party with Cath Warnock (left) and Sally Gamble (right)

Ms Claridge was officially farewelled last week with a special function held at Benalla Art Gallery

Ms Koop, who officially started her new role this week, brings a wealth of skills and experience to the organisation, along with a passion for the work they do.

Ten years ago, following a career in journalism and publishing, Ms Koop and her husband made a change to sheep farming, moving to Benalla Rural City along with their four now school-aged children.

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Since then Ms Koop has held leadership roles on regional boards, consulted in strategic planning and educational resource development, managed marketing and communications departments, and produced her own annual theatre event.

Last year, as a community member of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership, Ms Koop was inspired by Liz Chapman’s presentation about Tomorrow Today’s whole-of-community approach to improving educational outcomes.

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This set Ms Koop on a path to finding out more about the foundation.

Ms Koop will be working Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus an extra half day, generally on Wednesday.

● If you would like to get in contact with Ms Koop she is available at [email protected]

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