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• What it means in practice

• A session for existing and prospective Members

The purpose of mentoring is sharing knowledge, skills and life experience to guide another towards reaching their full potential; it’s a journey of shared discovery.


Date:    Friday 11 December, 2020
Time:    11am-12noon AEDT
Venue:  ONLINE
Tickets: (free)


Dorothy Gilmour

Dorothy has vast experience and professional, academic history in Social Sciences including human behaviours and
challenges of specialised groups. Her main practice was in the area of trauma, loss, grief, mediation and suicide prevention for individuals, parents and families and included debriefing after a critical incident in workplaces and post community disasters.

Her services included years of University lecturing in Masters programmes of Psychology, Social Science and Family
Therapy. Dorothy remains an advocate for social justice and fairness for those less fortunate.

Dorothy has long standing involvement in mentoring in all areas of her life including Rotary: Victorian Police, Ambulance Victoria,  Rotary Melbourne New Members Mentoring Program.  She served as a Director of Rotary Melbourne Board: 2018 - 2020, is Editor of Bulletin and Chair of Rotary SAFE Families and Young Achiever Awards' Alumni. 

Austen Burleigh

Austen was born in Warrnambool, Victoria and grew up on a dairy farm in nearby Nullawarre. After matriculating at
Warrnambool High School in 1963 he moved to Melbourne and joined The National Bank of Australasia Limited (now
National Australia Bank) to commence what turned out to be a varied finance career spanning 40 years with senior
assignments in Victoria, Queensland, NSW, London, Singapore, Jakarta, New York and Los Angeles.

During this time he studied and was admitted as a Senior Associate of the Australian Institute of Bankers (AAIB), attained a Graduate Diploma in Finance (RMIT) and attended an Advanced Management Program at the University of Southern California. He has completed two Marathons, including the New York Marathon in 1989, and was a handy cricketer, Aussie Rules footballer and squash player in his youth. He loves most music, especially blues, soul, jazz, rock and classical.

His non-Rotary community service includes President of the large Gordon pre-school (in New South Wales) and an Area
Manager Neighbourhood Watch (in Camberwell, Victoria).

He joined the Rotary Club of Canberra in 1997, and transferred to the Rotary Club of Melbourne in October 1999. Since
joining Rotary Melbourne he has served on many committees and events. He was Minute Secretary to the Board for three years (2005/6 – 2007/8), VP Community Service (2009/10) and President (2011-12). He has held a number of positions at District, including as an Assistant Governor, Gateway East Cluster (2013-15).

Married to Sue for 31 years, they have two grown-up children – Andrew a lawyer in London and Sarah a physiotherapist at Western Health ICU.

Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher joined Rotary Melbourne in 2006, has been involved on numerous committees and projects over the years, and was President in 2018-19.

He has been a member of the Aus/NZ Centenary ‘Rotary Give Every Child a Future’ Supervisory Committee since its inception.

Professionally, Robert has been CEO of several businesses in the global publishing and retail bookselling industries. His
leadership has involved multinational subsidiaries and privately held companies in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Robert now focuses on executive mentoring.

Carolyn Ballagh

Carolyn Ballagh (aka Cas) joined Rotary in 2020 as a visionary and passionate leader, who brings creativity and spark to
her work with communities. Currently working at La Trobe University, Cas is responsible for strategic and operational
oversight of tertiary accommodation for thousands of students, staff and visitors - across seven residential sites, including Melbourne metropolitan and regional locations. With extensive experience managing multi-disciplinary staff teams and student communities, Cas is particularly passionate about the collective expansion of ideas and in seeing ‘what is possible’.

One of her favourite quotes is ‘‘Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can
think up, if you only try”, Dr Seuss.

Supporting her tertiary experience, Cas holds a Master of Leadership (Monash University, HD average), Graduate
Diploma of Counselling (ACAP) and a Bachelor of Arts (SUT). Cas has been an executive member of ISANA (International Education Association, Victorian Branch), guest presenter for APSAA (Asia-Pacific Student Accommodation Association) and is a prior elected member of Academic Board, La Trobe University.

Outside of work, Cas enjoys putting on the Asics at 5.00am each morning for a jog around Kew and then sipping on an
early morning coffee from a favourite café as the sun rises. With Rotary being a new adventure, Cas is thankful that the
connection was formed through an exceptional and dynamic leader Rotary Perth's Rebecca Tolstoy AM, who inspired her to learn more about Rotary and to take a lead role in creating the Path of Hope, Melbourne – Cas is really looking forward to getting involved in many projects over the coming months and years, such as Path of Hope, SAFE Families and Student Mentoring.

Cas believes one of the biggest opportunities in Rotary is the ability to grow and develop frameworks that support the
optimisation of connections, networks, and partnerships locally and globally.

Mary Barry

Rotary: Mary joined Rotary Melbourne in 2006 and served as President in 2017/2018. She served as a Board Director for four years including Vice President for 12 months.

Mary is currently the Vocational Service Chair for District 9800; Chair of Rotary Melbourne’s Community Welfare Committee and a member of Rotary SAFE Families Team.

She is also Chair of the 2023 Melbourne Convention Host Organising Committee. She was a Director on the D9800 Board from 2011-2013 heading up the Strategic Planning and Risk portfolio.

Mary developed and implemented the Rotary Melbourne New Members Mentoring program in 2019 as part of a key
strategy to engage and retain new members.

Professional Role: Mary has been a CEO for over 20 years heading up organisations in the health, aged care, emergency services and family violence sectors. These included the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), The National Heart Foundation of Australia and Our Watch.

She is now a mentor to senior executive staff and a strategic advisor to Boards, CEOs and senior executive teams.

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