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Vol 3. Summer/Autumn TRACEY Squire was told by her
mother she wasn't able to leave
school until she had a respectable
The new face of tourism and
economic development at AlburyCity credits her
mother for being a very wise woman.
"My first job was as a junior office clerk at WA
Gould and Associates in Wodonga,'' she said.
"I was 17 years-old and thrilled to have the
chance to develop my career in a field I was
Ms Squire said at that time in her life she
wasn't in a financial position to go to university
but knew she wanted a career in law and
"Like most young people, I decided life was
about having fun,'' she said.
"I moved to Adelaide and Perth, and with no
planning ended up providing insurance services
for a credit union that had branches across WA.
"I really enjoyed the job and it motivated me to
approach WAW Credit Union when I decided to
She said during that time managing member
insurance portfolio she really enjoyed working
for a not-for-profit organisation that placed great
emphasis on its members and the community.
"For four years afterward I had a diverse range
of jobs that paid well but didn't give me the
personal satisfaction that I was looking for.
"I was struggling to come to terms with a job
that was all about money.''
Ms Squire said at that stage she was unaware
about the possibility of a career in economic
That changed in the late 90s when she
scored a job with Business Victoria, providing
information to local government economic
"That helped me realise I belonged in local
government, because I wanted to have a real
and positive impact on the local community and
I could see that local government is where it
happens,'' she said.
A job as economic development manager at
Alpine Shire Council was to follow, then a move
"The private sector lured me away for three
years, but when a position came up at AlburyCity
specifically in economic development, I was thrilled
to return,'' she said.
Her recent appointment as director economic
development and tourism is something she is
extremely proud of.
"I am passionate about strengthening Albury-
Wodonga's economy and the quality of life we
enjoy here,'' she said.
She said her tips to other women were
centred around working hard, being
professional, acting with integrity and being
passionate about everything they did.
"Take responsibility for your decisions and
actions, build strong relationships and develop
your management skills,'' she said.
"Don't presume that if you can't go to
university straight after school that it's not going
"I completed a post graduate diploma of
management at La Trobe University while I was
Dir ector of Economic Development
and Tourism at AlburyCity
MANY in the community
would not realise that
the familiar face behind
David Sanders Homes
and the recently opened
Ronald McDonald House, Laurel Butler, was
in fact a trained spinal injury nurse.
Studying nursing at the Royal Newcastle
Hospital in the days of hospital-based
training, Laurel began working at the Royal
North Shore Hospital in Sydney when she
"It was there that I found my passion for
nursing in spinal cord injuries,'' she said.
"I did my post graduate nursing
qualifications in spinal cord injuries going on
to become the youngest nurse unit manage
at the hospital.''
"My love of spinal cord nursing saw me
become the team sister for the Australian
wheelchair team at the Far East and South
Pacific Games, lecture in Papua New
Guinea and become the nurse escort of a
quadriplegic patient with serious head injuries
travel to Spain.''
After almost 10 years in nursing a new
passion in marketing took hold and Ms Butler
"While raising two children I dedicated
my talents to expanding and growing my
then husband's business in the construction
sector,'' she said.
"A new passion for building and renovation
was emerging: I was teaching at TAFE and
was part-owner in the Manor House Hotel.''
Ms Butler joined Davis Sanders Homes as
marketing consultant seven years ago and
today still relishes in her role.
"As builders and designers of new
homes Davis Sanders Homes gives me the
opportunity to work at things I enjoy which is
marketing and building,'' she said.
She was also one of the driving forces
behind the construction of Ronald McDonald
House at Wodonga Hospital.
"In 1993, the year I moved to Albury, I
became critically ill while carrying my first
child,'' she said.
"My son was delivered by emergency
caesarean section and I was airlifted to Royal
Melbourne Hospital Intensive Care Unit
where I stayed for the next two weeks.
"During this time I was separated from
Jack, my son, who remained in the Mercy
Hospital hence I know exactly what it is like
for a brand new mother to be separated from
her newborn baby.
"The building of Ronald McDonald
House in Wodonga is partially due to my
own personal experiences, my nursing
back ground, my love of building and my
friendship with Maree Cables.''
Marketing co nsultant fo r
Davis Sanders Homes
went back to university to study advanced
"Marketing became my new passion and saw
me again rise to the top of my field,'' she said.
"My company sent me to Columbia Business
School in New York where I studied sales
management. I also undertook further studies on
returning home in media and advertising.
"I was promoted to business manager
being responsible for two multi-million dollar
A marriage bought about a lifestyle change
and a move to Albury 17 years ago.
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