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Celebrating Community Commitment

Australia-Day-Award

10940441 784061131641313 8177172422044321419 nThis year's Australia Day was a particularly special one for all of us here at Platinum as our very own Joanna O'Brien was recognised for dedication to the Randwick City community.

Joanna's contribution to the local community has grown and continues to grow through her impact as a teacher and pre school owner. Growing up in Maroubra to become a primary school teacher gave her both a love of education and a strong sense of community. This combination drove her spend over 10 years enthusiastically teaching the children of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School where she eventually became Assistant Principal. However, in 2010 it was her need to further increase her impact on the lives of the children of her local community that drove Joanna to open the first Platinum Pre School with her business partner Nichola McLean. Since then, Joanna has opened a second pre school in Prestons with a third due to open in Clovelly in 2016. The pre school has had such a positive impact on the community that it now has over 1,500 families on its waiting List.

Joanna strongly supports both the people, businesses and charities in the Randwick City community through various community services. When the first Randwick campus opened, Joanna dedicated a large portion of her time supporting the efforts of Ronald McDonald House - Randwick by offering free child care to the parents of seriously ill children. This gives their other children the opportunity to spend the day doing fun and educational activities whilst giving the parents a chance to focus on meetings with doctors and care for their ill child. The pre school has also had recovering children attend the pre school in the past, giving them a break from the hospital. Joanna is a huge advocate for the House and always encourages our regular parents and students to help involve the RMH children in their activities at Platinum.

Under the guidance of Jo and our other Director Nichola McLean, the pre school has proudly financially supported Ronald McDonald House by raising a whopping $80,000 since support of the house back in 2010. Making Platinum Pre School the single largest fundraiser for the Randwick House.

As far as supporting local businesses, Joanna is a big believer in supporting other local businesses and provides free advertising for them in our newsletters and mailing lists. The pre school’s newsletters are also extensively read by the parents of enrolled students and other parents in the community. This is because Joanna has built relationships with various local specialists in areas such as child psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutrition and fitness. These specialists also receive exposure for their services through the newsletter. The pre school’s newsletters can be downloaded free at www.platinumpreschool.com and are packed full of great articles for parents.

Joanna’s enthusiasm, drive and steadfast commitment to supporting her community is something that impacts everyone who crosses her path. It is rare to see someone who notices a need in their community and not only tries to solve it on a one-to-one basis, but who builds an organisation that is growing at such a rapid rate that its positive effects on the community are astounding all involved.

Working collaboratively in conjunction with parents, other educators and the local community, Joanna and Nichola have built the foundations of an education institution that is reshaping the values of the Randwick City community.

Without doubt, their effect on our community will have positive outcomes through the children Platinum Pre School teaches and the growing support that we offer the wider community.

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