Educators honoured for dedicated service to their Professional Associations at Gala Awards.



The Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria is the peak organisation representing professional teaching associations in Victoria. Its thirty six member associations are comprised of both subject specific, discipline based and cross-curricular organisations which represent teachers across all sectors. The CPTAV motto is “Building professional learning communities” and as part of the celebration of building communities, every year we hold the Outstanding Professional Service Awards

The CPTAV’s annual Outstanding Professional Service Awards night took place on Tuesday the 11th December at Graduate House, Carlton.

The evening was hosted by Conrad Remenyi, Senior Project Officer, Education Partnerships Division, DEECD and long-time strategic partner of the CPTAV and the work of eight outstanding professionals from member organisations was recognised.


Nancy Whittaker Award for Outstanding Leadership 2012

This year saw the inaugural awarding of the CPTAV’s highest honour, the Nancy Whittaker Award for Outstanding Leadership. The award is named after Nancy Whittaker, a seminal figure in the CPTAV, when it was known as the Joint Council of Subject Associations for Victoria. Nancy was an innovative leader and mentor, who had a profound impact on members of all professional teaching associations and beyond into classroom practice, educators, students, school communities, education partners and organisations.

The recipient of this award has sustained a mentoring role and developed high quality professional learning and resources. The recipient has earned a reputation at a local, national and international level promoting the professional status of educators.

The CPTAV Committee of Management was proud to present the Nancy Whittaker Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2012 to Mary Manning, formerly of the School Librarian Association of Victoria (SLAV), a trail blazer for her member educators, their students and a worthy winner of this inaugural award.

Mary was a key figure in building the strength and reach of the CPTAV and before that the JCSAV. She acted in the capacity of member of the Committee of Management and as President. During her time the CPTAV became recognised as the peak body for Professional Teaching Associations.

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Mary Manning receiving her award from Nancy Whittaker


Outstanding Professional Service Awards 2012

“Celebrating the work of Professional Teaching Associations in Victoria”

The awards celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to the association’s support of teachers and education in Victoria over an extended period of time.

  • John Ramsdale - Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria

John has been a long term friend of GTAV for over 34 years. He has shared his knowledge and experience not only with his students (the fact that many of his students have gone on to become Geography teachers is a testament to his contribution) but with his colleagues, serving as a mentor for inexperienced Geography teachers within and outside his own school.

Renee Hoareau presents the CPTAV award to John Ramsdale with GTAV President Trish Douglas


  • Kirsten Larn - Careers Education Association of Victoria 

Kirsten has been awarded a CPTAV Award in 2012 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the CEAV over 12 years. An active member of the Committee of Management for six years, Treasurer for two years, Vice President for one, and President for four years. In this time Kirsten has overseen the association’s move from a single room at Carlton to its own offices and training centre at Hawthorn.

Kirsten Larn with CEAV President Judith Clark


  • Meri Rametta - History Teachers’ Association of Victoria 

Meri has played a major role in developing HTAV’s suite of professional learning offerings. For example, in 2012, Meri has overseen the management of 16 professional learning events – from smaller boutique-style half-day or evening events (such as ‘Teachers New to VCE Event’ and ‘The Old Treasury Evening’), through to whole-day events, (such as the ‘Primary School History Conference’, with some events on weekends, such as ‘VCE Student Lectures’) through to the impressive two-day ‘Annual Conference and Dinner’. 

Meri Rametta with HTAV's Richard Smith

  • Judy Moore - Design and Technology Teachers’ Association Victoria 

Judy strongly supports the work of others in the DATTA Vic team (staff and board members) and the broader CPTAV community – she is always a joy to work with. Judy has embraced new challenges, extending and using skills in editing, publishing, and managing projects. Judy works consistently, efficiently and professionally, ensuring the smooth financial running of the association and providing critical continuity to the volunteer board. 

Judy Moore with DATTA Vic President Jill Livett

  • Daniel Betty - Drama Victoria

Dan's work on the Drama Victoria website has revolutionized the ways in which Drama educators can network and seek advice and support from Drama Vic. He also was a key player in working with committee members to guide the organisations journey from very outdated and non-user friendly website to an impressive online teaching association resource which weekly receives several hundred hits.

Daniel Betty with DRAMA Vic Vice President Michael Waugh

  • Michelle Cox - ICT in Education Victoria

Michelle has been an outstanding supporter of the goals of ICTEV and its predecessor the CEGV for over 13 years, expanding the capacity of the association threefold over this period. Michelle has been ICTEV’s EO for 9 years and ACCE’s EO, the umbrella body for the Australian Computing Education Groups (CEGs).   Michelle’s commitment to ICTEV’s vision has assisted the organisation to become the prominent professional association that it is today.

Michelle Cox with ICTEV President Donna Gronn

  • Tony Kuc - Victorian Commercial Teachers’ Association Victoria

Tony Kuc has contributed to VCTA and the teaching profession in terms of leadership, time, intellect, and expertise over much of his career in education.  Tony’s dedication in continuing to build VCTA’s financial strength, good governance and in further developing its presence as a leader in business education professional development, is commendable. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the VCTA five year strategic plan 2011-15.

Tony Kuc with VCTA's Jules Aldous

  • Renee Hoareau - Victorian Information Technology Teachers’ Association

Renee Hoareau has made an outstanding contribution to the Victorian Information Technology Teachers' Association (VITTA) over the last six years as the Executive Officer. Renee has worked above and beyond the role of EO for VITTA in building a dynamic, successful ICT community and demonstrated her dedication to making a difference and transforming learning through technologies in education. Renee has established VITTA as a leading body in ICT education by her transformation of the annual VITTA conference into a premier event in the professional learning calendar for ICT leaders in both primary and secondary education.

Renee Hoareau with VITTA's Dianne Ruffles