May 14, 2014

And the Winner is…….

Just over 2 years ago I started working at the National Press Club of Australia, it was one of those jobs I applied for thinking ‘as if they’d pick little ol me’.  Apparently around 150 people had applied, but Boom Diggity…. I got the job! And here I am 2 years later still thinking it’s one of the best Event Manager positions in Australia.

And the Winner is……. Anna Johnston -

From the day I arrived, I was greeted with open arms, this little team of extraordinary people that I now call my work family, are supportive, encouraging and welcome every opportunity to celebrate each other’s successes and achievements. We have a good laugh, a lot of fun and you can clearly tell we enjoy each other’s company.

And the Winner is……. Anna Johnston -

Last Friday night the gang and I donned our glad rags for the 2014 ClubsACT Awards for Excellence. I knew something was up when we were seated on table 2, (our group is normally sat at the back of the room being the rowdy bunch we are), but we were treated like royalty, the snappers followed us and the vivacious MC Rhonda Burchmore hung around our table most of the evening, maybe that was because she took a liking to one of our guys, she managed to work him into her performances calling him her Ketut!

And the Winner is……. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comIt has been on my list of career goals for a good decade now to be a part of an award winning team; I can now successfully pop a giant tick next to that goal.

And the winner is……..

National Press Club of Australia Events Team – We took out Best Events/Conference Venue…. F%$K YEAH, you beauty, so proud, high five, we are the champions! #notsohumblebrag … I nailed it!!!

And the Winner is……. Anna Johnston -

We also nabbed Best CIT Apprentice Chef and Best Small Club of the Year. Not bad considering there are 48 Member Clubs in the Berra, and we were up against all the super-sized Clubs that cater events for up to 1000 people.

And the Winner is……. Anna Johnston -

I proudly work side by side a world-class team of Chefs, Managers, Baristas & Waiters. I couldn’t be more proud of the amazing work they all do.

Massive Congratulations to the entire team, you guys ROCK!

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Sriprae - June 14, 2014 Reply


A big, huge, gigantic CONGRATULATIONS to you!!! This post and the pictures you provided made me smile. Absolutely fantastic, Anna, on your achievements and accomplishments. How wonderful to get to work with a great group of people and to love what you do. That makes life pretty sweet, doesn’t it? 😉

P.S. Love your gown. What a gorgeous color!

    Anna - June 14, 2014 Reply

    Naaawwwhhh… Thank you so much lovely one for your beautiful message. You make me smile! It really is so exciting and wonderful to see the results of years of hard work. I am truly blessed to work with such a fantastic team of amazingly talented and special people. They make my days sparkle. 🙂 And, thank you re the gown. It was a little bit big, by the end of the night I was walking around like a chicken holding my wings in (to keep the dress up), but the colour and swishy feeling of the gown was lovely.

tableofcolors - May 26, 2014 Reply

Wow, what an achievement! Congratulations to the whole team!

    Anna - May 26, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much Laila! We are all super proud of our achievements, its always nice to be recognised by our peers. 🙂

Alice - May 17, 2014 Reply

Big congrats for this well deserved award, to both your team but those around you too! It’s got to be one of the most satisfying tasks to grow something to excellence and I’ve no doubt that you’ll keep on doing so!

    Anna - May 18, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much for the beautiful comment. It really is satisfying to say I achieved that goal, and I think once you get a taste for winning & achieving, you want to keep trucking with it. 🙂

Krista - May 15, 2014 Reply

Oh girl!! I can’t stop smiling. 🙂 SO thrilled for you!! XO

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sandra - May 15, 2014 Reply

Looking smashing Anna + team NPC
Congrats 🙂

    Anna - May 15, 2014 Reply

    Nawh… Cheers lovely lady! Xx

Lou - May 15, 2014 Reply

Well deserved. We love the Pressie – the staff make it what it is!!!!

    Anna - May 15, 2014 Reply

    Thanks LOU!!! We are pretty darn lucky to have such a wicked group of peeps here at the Club. And, its cool we have the pleasure of working with you. YOU ROCK! 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - May 15, 2014 Reply

Congratulations Anna! That’s wonderful news and it looks like you guys had the best night. I’m sure I would have wanted to hang around your table too 😛

    Anna - May 15, 2014 Reply

    Cheers Lorraine. 🙂 HA… That would have been sweet to have you hang with us, although… The noise & racket was a smidgen loud at times. 🙂

Susan - May 15, 2014 Reply

Congratulations NPCA, very impressive & Oh So Well Deserved!

    Anna - May 15, 2014 Reply

    Thank you! Super appreciate all your support & encouragement. Xx

Elias Hallaj - May 14, 2014 Reply

Nice one Anna! You deserve to be awarded prizes on a regular basis, because you’re awesome 🙂

    Anna - May 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Elias, its great receiving that wonderful feedback, I really appreciate your support. 🙂

Mandy - The Complete Book - May 14, 2014 Reply

Woohoo! Awesome! Wonderful! Brilliant! Congratulations darling Anna to you and your wonderful team.
Have a beautiful day dear.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - May 14, 2014 Reply

    Nawh! Thanks gorgeous woman. We are all pretty darn stoked with our efforts. 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful day too. Mwah. xx

Hannah - May 14, 2014 Reply

YAY!!!! So exciting and ridiculously proud of you!!!

We wouldn’t be even close to winning such amazing awards.

you are AMAZING!!!!

    Anna - May 14, 2014 Reply

    And you my lovely! We have ourselves one pretty amazing team. Im grateful I get to spend my days working with you. Huge congrats to you girlfriend. xxx

Christopher - May 14, 2014 Reply

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you guys, you are an amazing bunch of guys that I really enjoy working with.
Well done Team NPC!!

    Anna - May 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Chris! 🙂 I am pretty lucky to work with these guys, they are all amazing. 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - May 14, 2014 Reply

What an awesome place to work and great bunch of peeps you work with, Anna! Clearly it was meant to be!

    Anna - May 14, 2014 Reply

    I reckon it was/is meant to be. We were talking about it today, the way we all just mesh, we understand each other. 🙂 So proud of the gang.

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