School Leaders’ Breakfast a huge success

Cessnock City Council was overwhelmed by the attendance at their annual School Leaders’ Breakfast, with close to 270 students and teachers enjoying the event on Tuesday morning.

Cessnock City Council was overwhelmed by the attendance at their annual School Leaders’ Breakfast, with close to 270 students and teachers enjoying the event on Tuesday morning.

Council started hosting this annual event eight years ago during Local Government Week and in that time, there have been some truly inspirational speakers.  

These have included the likes of world champion wheelchair athlete, Kurt Fearnley, Everest conquering John Cantor and NRL legend Paul Harragon.   

This year’s speaker, Jamila Gordon, was equally impressive as she delivered her unique story about survival, overcoming the odds, remaining positive and dreaming big, which has led her to great things.   

Separated from her entire family, Jamila arrived in Australia when she was just 18 years old, after escaping the Somalian civil war, via Kenya.  

Starting out with next to nothing, her intelligence, aptitude and determination has led her on a journey to a global career, working for the likes of Qantas, IBM Europe and currently, Director and Global CIO of GetSwift Ltd.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent was blown away by Jamila’s story and is pleased so many of our local school leaders were there to hear it.  

“After hearing this courageous woman’s story, I am certain every student in the room left feeling inspired and knowing they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it.”  

“The School Leaders’ Breakfast is something we are very proud to offer our local schools each year during Local Government Week and it is something I hope continues for years to come,” added Cr Pynsent.  

 8/1/2017