I am standing for Council so I can do more for my local community in the Whipstick Ward, and the City of Greater Bendigo. I find great joy living in Huntly with my young family, and am passionate about leading positive change.
As my three children moved through kinder and school, I joined parent committees, and ultimately took up President roles. I have helped deliver successful campaigns for an automated pedestrian crossing in Huntly, additional footpaths, and funding for a new learning area at school. While doing this I found a real passion advocating on behalf of the community, so also took up community representative roles on some Council Advisory Committee’s, giving me great exposure to Local Council operations.
Professionally I’m a Project Manager, with a Degree in Science and Diploma of Business, and previous roles in retail and administration. My experience, and diverse and transferable skillset, has prepared me well for a Councillor role.
I’m good at using information and ideas to identify solutions and get results, though not one to do things the usual way. I always speak up and ask questions to challenge assumptions, to ensure the process is efficient and the outcome will truly meet our needs.
I will advocate for more equitable distribution of resources throughout the entire municipality, with a focus on engagement with the community, and delivery of priority infrastructure and quality services. I support sustainable practices that deliver long-term wellbeing and prosperity for all. Attracting investment to support our economy and lead the transition to a lower carbon society is critical for the next generation.
I feel genuinely energised by the possibility of using my skills to work closely with our community and achieve great things. Vote 1 – Kathryn Stanislawski.
All residents are proud of Greater Bendigo because they have access to the facilities and services they need, and can enjoy our vibrant City in the Bush lifestyle and sense of connectedness amongst their community. Diverse employment opportunities, surrounding our lower carbon economy, support this and the next generation.
Experience working directly with, and as a representative of, my local community; my career as a project manager; and parenting three children, has provided a diverse skillset that is readily transferable to a Councillor role. I excel at understanding the complexities of issues and seeking information to make informed decisions.
Yes it's long, yes I always need to spell it out, but it's always been a great conversation starter - I know I would have missed out on some lovely chat's if I'd changed it. I get to explain how to spell it and say it, and we start a conversation.
So where's it from? It's Polish, Nana and my dad came to Australia in the 60's. It's also not as hard to say as it looks at first, and, though its not linguistically correct, you can simplify it right down to four words joined together - Stan-is-law-ski.
The truth is, even the way I say it isn't proper Polish. Nor is it really spelt right because the 'l' should be an 'ł' which has a 'w' sound, and the 'w' that is in it should have a 'v' sound, plus the Polish language uses male/female versions of names, so as a female for me it should actually be Stanisławska. So, I'm more that happy for you to Anglicise it too.
To understand a little more of our family history, my sister and I traveled to Poland in 2019 for our 40th birthday (I was 41, she 39, so half way between). It was so beautiful, and really special to see the places Nana had spoken about, to share that experience with my sister, and feel the connection with the stories we grew up with. Plus it was so good to eat the food we hadn't had for many years (though we still do some traditional Polish food at Christmas time). I've shared a few pictures below.
Fantastic style and finishing with a flourish.
A perfect finish, 10 out of 10.
We had a bit of a practice around the Copernicus monument, and by the end, we were total pro's!!!