The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is pleased to announce its second Catholic Community Network event on Thursday 28 June 2012 at the Ellerslie Event Centre.
After a successful inaugural event last November with 220 attendees, many have been eagerly awaiting the next event which promises to attract even more participants than the first event.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for Catholics from all over Auckland to gather socially in one place outside of their parishes, to make new friends and to network with one another,” explains Kerry Coleman, General Manager of the Auckland diocese. “Most importantly, we wanted our fellow Catholics to come away from each event feeling inspired by our guest speakers who are able to share relevant life experiences within a Christian context.”
Each event has a topic on which guest speakers will interpret and speak from their unique perspectives. The diocese has repeated the topic of “Success, Leadership and the impact of Christian values on your career” with three new speakers: a young engineer, a media consultant and a leadership expert.
Dr. Andrew McDaid is a high flying, young mechatronics (mechanics and electronics) engineer whose work has involved developing a rehabilitation device to help stroke patients walk again. A former head boy and dux of Liston College, Andrew will appeal to a broad base of younger Catholics who will appreciate his down-to-earth approach to his faith and his achievements.
Well known to the Catholic community is Dame Lyndsay Freer, who has had a long career with the Catholic Church spanning over 25 years in communications. Currently, Dame Lyndsay acts as the media consultant for the Auckland diocese whilst juggling her various board memberships and singing commitments. She brings a unique perspective to the event by focusing on her challenges with the secular media.
The third speaker is Andre van Heerden, a leadership expert who has held a wide variety of roles in teaching, the military and advertising. He is also the author of Leaders and Misleaders and An Educational Bridge for Leaders. With interests in philosophy, theology, psychology, history and politics, Andre will be an energetic and riveting speaker. He will be focusing on the challenge of change and the need for leadership.
Places are limited and early bookings are encouraged to avoid disappointment. Those interested in attending can register either online at www.catholicnetwork.org.nz or by calling the diocese on 09-378-4380. Tickets cost $40 per person.
The event begins at 5.30pm with cocktails and nibbles followed by the guest speaker session from 6.30-7.30pm. The evening ends around 8pm after a short question and answer session.