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The Altitude Awards 2020

On the 7th November, the Women With Altitude Networking group held its annual Altitude Awards night Gratitude Gala in Liverpool. There were 16 awards up for grabs in business, leadership and ‘best of’ categories.

In July I had the pleasure of being nominated for the Soaring Micro Altitude award. Completing the award application was an amazing experience. The application process made me reflect on my business journey and actually write down a lot about my business. In particular, it was really awesome to reflect on all the reasons I started The Avid Organiser in the first place.

Here’s what I wrote:

My business, The Avid Organiser, commenced in June 2017. My aim was, and still is, to provide administrative assistance to small business owners who don’t have the workflow or cashflow for permanent administration staff.

Most small businesses are started by people who are technically skilled at and passionate about their ‘thing’. Unfortunately, their ‘thing’ is rarely accompanied by the necessary administration skills for their businesses to run smoothly. My priority is to employ my diverse skillset to assist these businesses with their current administration needs. I also work with them to develop new strategies and organisational systems that will benefit them in the future.

Over the years, I had the benefit of working in various businesses, where I experienced firsthand that not everyone has this same organisational passion. I am a firm believer that most things are easier when you’re organised. This is the philosophy on which my business is based.

Becoming an Altitude Award Finalist

On the 28th of August, I received the long-awaited email! I became a finalist in the Soaring Micro award category. A couple of weeks later, along with all the Canberra finalists, I was presented with my Finalist certificate. What an honour to be among the 15 finalists from Canberra. Together we covered 10 different award categories.

Thanks to Lisa LaMaitre, The Riot Act published an article about all of the Canberra Finalists. Surprisingly, the article had 2,300 views on the website and nearly 34,000 views on Facebook. WOW!

After receiving the Finalist notification, there was a LONG 71 day wait until the Gratitude Gala.

Altitude Award Winner

The Gratitude Gala was an amazing night, and I was lucky enough to take home the award presented by Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP.

Thanks for all the love and encouragement from my wonderful clients, business community and peers, and family. Without you, The Avid Organiser would not be the business it is today.

Until next time, stay organised.


P.S. Keep an eye on The Riot Act for the follow up story!

The Canberra Contingent

Here’s the full list of the Canberra Finalists and Winners:

  • Susan Mackell, Smack Design – Finalist in Purpose Driven Entrepreneur and Best in Service;
  • Kerry Howard, PsychNEXUS – Finalist The Changemaker Award;
  • Rebecca McFarland, Pop Your Business and Pop Your CareerAWARD WINNER in the Through the Woods category and Finalist in the Purpose Driven Entrepreneur category;
  • Grace Costa, Grace Costa Photographer – Finalist Revolutionary Award;
  • Adele Haussmann and Kirsten Smith, HerSmile – Finalist On My Way Award;
  • Kristine Hewett and Keron Beath, Adamas Nexus – Finalist Purpose Driven Entrepreneur Award;
  • Kaylene Dore, Waratah Puppies – Finalist Best in Service Award;
  • Candice Edye and Anna Pino, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre – Finalist Best Professional Service Business Award;
  • Hannah Taylor, Tutor Canberra – Finalist Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – RECIPIENT of a Brave Award;
  • Abby Rees, Punk PD – Finalist in the Business Excellence Award category and AWARD WINNER in The Changemaker Award category;
  • Lisa LaMaitre, Therapy Masters – Finalist Revolutionary Award.
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