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June 30th, 2017
Northern Futures farewells Lou Brazier


Industry Partners breakfast heralds new era as Northern Futures farewells Lou Brazier

The 2017 Northern Futures Industry Partners breakfast marks the end of an era as Lou Brazier retires as Northern Futures executive officer.

The breakfast with guest speaker Member for Corio Richard Marles MP also begins a new chapter for the northern suburbs based training and employment provider as an incorporated company limited by guarantee – Northern Futures Ltd.

Chair of the newly established Northern Futures Board, Michael Betts, paid tribute to the remarkable legacy of Ms Brazier who has spent the past decade developing Northern Futures into a highly respected and internationally recognised program targetting the city’s most disadvantaged jobseekers.

“Lou has made an outstanding contribution to the northern suburbs,” Mr Betts said. “We wish her well in her retirement.

Northern Futures was established in 2007 by a group representing Geelong’s government, industry and community sectors. It was an innovative response to the decline in manufacturing and the recognised need to prepare jobseekers in the northern suburbs for work in the growth sectors of the economy.

“Northern Futures originally operated under the auspices of the Committee for Geelong and more recently the Norlane Community Centre. It now begins a new era as Northern Futures Ltd with a new executive officer and Board.

Ms Brazier said she was thankful to leave Northern Futures in a strong position to continue its work across the northern suburbs.

“I have absolutely loved my time in Geelong. I have felt very much at home here for 24 years but now, as I approach retirement, I’m looking forward to heading back to the United States to be closer to my two sons and their families.”