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Thanks for attending this year's IABC Victoria Cocktail Gala. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

The night was warm (for May, anyway). The drinks were cold. The nibblies were hot (and tasty). And the guests were fired up for a great night out.

This year’s IABC Victoria Cocktail Gala on 21 May saw around 70 Victorian communicators converge on the stunning Mon Bijou.

We got together to celebrate. Celebrate our profession. Celebrate the last year. Celebrate the re-kindling of old friendships (and the making of new ones). And, of course, to celebrate our very large large team of Gold Quill and Bronze Quill Award winners.

And, all in all, it was a great night. We hope to see you all at next year’s Gala and, perhaps, at one of our upcoming events.

In the meantime, why not check out our gallery? We hope we caught your best side!



There’s a lot of people to thank for an evening like this.

First up, thanks to you – that is, to everyone who attended. You’re the people who make a night like this (and IABC Victoria itself) such a special place to be.

Thanks also to our event partners – Deakin University (our major event partner), The Launch Box, Porter Novelli, Print Impressions and Pumpkin Productions. Without them, staging the IABC Victoria Cocktail Gala would be impossible.

The same goes for the many volunteers who brought the event to life – the people who work tirelessly organising the partnerships, prizes, bookings, marketing and, of course, the night itself.

Thanks to our door prize providers who helped many of our guests walk away with a bonus they weren’t expecting.

And, finally, a special thanks to Squadron Leader Steve Baker, the leader of the Royal Australian Air Force’s aerobatics team – the ‘Roulettes’. Steve took time out of what is a very busy schedule to share some fantastic insights with us.



Of course, the main purpose of our annual Cocktail Gala is to honour the 2014 IABC Victoria Gold Quill and Bronze Quill recipients. It’s a long list this year, which is an exciting reflection of the quality of work being done in Victoria. As Adrian Cropley said on the night, there’s a real buzz about IABC Victoria overseas and we should all be proud of that.

So, congratulations one more time to our many 2014 recipients. They are:


Special Award Winners: The ‘top 1% in the world’

Rebecca McIntyre from Cabrini Health has won a Best of the Best Award for her entry 'Together We Can Meet the Standards: Accreditation at Cabrini'.

Sandra Hilmer, Matt Trewin, Lucinda Tippett, Caroline Souvannavong, and Geoff Taylor from Telstra have won a Best of the Best Award for 'Connecting with Words'.

Ayllie White, Sarah Altmann, Sally Pickering, Kerilyn Wyatt, and Suzanne Waddell from Transurban and VicRoads won the Business Issues Award for 'Avoiding Carmageddon: Major Road Works in Melbourne.


Gold Quill Award of Excellence

Rebecca McIntyre – Cabrini Health – 'Together we can meet the standards – Accreditation at Cabrini'.

Ayllie White, Sarah Altmann, Sally Pickering, Kerilyn Wyatt, and Suzanne Waddell – Transurban and VicRoads – 'Avoiding Carmageddon: Major Road Works in Melbourne.

Sandra Hilmer, Matt Trewin, Lucinda Tippett, Caroline Souvannavong, and Geoff Taylor – Telstra – 'Connecting with words'.  


Gold Quill Award of Merit

Ashlee Faletic – ANZ – 'Building and evaluating a CEO’s 100 day induction'.

Amy Baird, ABC and Olivia Tully – AIA Australia – 'Bringing ‘Vitality’ to AIA Australia'.

Monika Lancucki, ABC – 'Becton Property Group (ASX:BEC) Receivership Announcement'.

Damien Batey – Porter Novelli – 'Stay Smart Online 2013'.

Louisa Graham – Visionstream – 'Nextgen Group Sale Media Strategy'.

Zora Artis – Zora Artis Consulting – 'Are You Ready to Stand Out Victoria Police PSO Recruitment Campaign'.


Bronze Quill

An IABC international Gold Quill entry that achieves a score from the Blue Ribbon Panel of judges above 5.0 receives a Bronze Quill award from IABC Victoria. We are delighted the nine Gold Quill award winners also receive the Bronze Quill award.