Community connections help us all

///Community connections help us all

It’s that time of year again.

The time when, amid the frenzy of clearing your desk before the long break, going to parties, attending school speech nights and buying Christmas presents, you might be reflecting on what you did during the past year and what you can do differently in the next.

If you are, you’re in good company. During the Christmas and New Year season, many of us discover an itch to change something in our lives.

Sometimes, that ‘something’ is easy to identify and turns into a specific goal such as finding a new job, buying a new house or travelling overseas.

Very often, however, it’s the feeling, possibly a little vague and hard to define, that you want to make your life better somehow, find a new challenge or contribute something to the world.

If that sounds like you and you don’t know where to begin, here is an idea.

Go out and get involved in your local community.

Wherever you live, there are organisations near you that need your enthusiasm and energy.

We’re talking about the service clubs and other groups that are widespread in our suburbs and towns. The ones that raise money with sausage sizzles, quiz nights and raffles. The ones that hold their weekly or monthly meetings in golf clubs, hotel restaurants and community halls.

They have an abundance of ideas, aspirations and commitment.

What they lack are the arms and legs to make things happen. Many are desperate for more men and women, young or old, to sign up.

It’s likely that a short drive from your home or office, a service club is helping teenagers develop vocational skills, providing driver training courses, running outdoor education camps, protecting the environment or supporting a school in a developing nation.

There are volunteer groups who care for local parks, creeks and lakes. Others who help with a range of activities in libraries, community centres and schools.

Those are just some examples of the types of organisations you can choose from.

All of them do valuable work that makes our society richer.

Please, seek them out. They are easy to find if you ask around, search the web or make enquiries through your local council.

Don’t do it because it will look good on your LinkedIn profile or CV. Do it because it’s worthwhile and because of that itch to change something in your life.

Ultimately we are all connected. A stronger community helps everyone. The more of us who get involved, the better our world will be.

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What our members say

A friendly group of business professionals who always make you feel welcome. If you enjoy making new connections, listening to inspiring presenters and networking sundowners - this is the place! Adrienne Whiting, Whiting Media
WSBA provides an excellent forum for its members to create a wide network of informed and interconnected contacts to exchange best practice knowledge, learn about the business techniques of peers and stay abreast of the latest industry developments, whilst also providing the events to meet business people who share a similar drive and ambition
Suzy Costanzo, Suzy Costanzo Real Estate
If you are a small business owner in the Western Suburbs you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't belong to the WSBA ! At my first event everyone was very friendly and welcoming, so much so that I joined the next day. It's a great way of networking and meeting like minded people. Luke Matar, The Vein Clinic
The WSBA is a great organization that runs very good networking events represented by a diverse group of companies and professionals. The team are welcoming to new members and guest and break down some of the barriers to allow you to connect with other businesses. I highly recommend checking out their upcoming events. Mike Hawryluk, nForm
Thank you WSBA for another fantastic event, the women of Abel McGrath certainly enjoyed it. The content was very relevant and insightful and the venue and food were fantastic! Shanay Parker, Abel McGrath
A very well organised and polished networking event. The drinks were great, and the canape spread was sensational. The calibre of businesses who attended was relevant to our business. Ariarna Bartulovic, Scope Business Imaging
The Western Suburbs Business Association (WSBA) facilitates Business networking opportunities for like minded individuals and Businesses. Their Events have provided my business with quality connections within the business community and I continue to enjoy their Sundowners and Industry leading Guest Speakers. I recommend the WSBA as an excellent high calibre networking organisation as an avenue in growing your business network! Andrew Njuguna, Buffalo Film Studios
The Western Suburbs Business Association is an awesome business association. Their Networking Events always attract a large number of businesses / owners of whom to connect with.
Deb Cregeen, Cherrys Catering
Having had the opportunity to attend and benefit from these events I highly recommend that you get involved, come along and experience an event for yourself. If you're not a member get on board ~ thanks Radi Stulic and Melanie Cronin for always delivering a great event. Sandy Gray – Mason Gray Insurance & Risk
It was wonderful to meet so many WSBA members at the event last night. I congratulate you and all at WSBA for organising such a great, welcoming and fun networking event. We will definitely be looking to engage with the WSBA on an ongoing basis. Celia Hammond MP – Federal Member for Curtin
The Regal Theatre has been a member of the Western Suburbs Business Association (formerly Subiaco Business Association) for almost 15 years. Over these years, we have benefited from networking opportunities with others in a relaxed and friendly environment, sharing experiences and keeping up to date with what is happening locally. Our membership is a vital part of our business. Kim Knight, Regal Theatre
I have been a member for many years and during this time have found WSBA to be an exceptional organisation. It is headed up by professional people who assist and help nurture new and existing members in their business pursuits and networking.” Tony Hatt CEO, Devwest Group
WSBA is an outstanding organisation to be associated with. The quality of business people you meet at the networking events are very helpful in getting business exposure and to make great contacts on a professional and personal level. Members are guaranteed to benefit from the many networking opportunities and the satisfaction and personal growth they will derive from being actively involved in it. I am already looking forward to the next event! Thomas Meihofer, Thomas Meifhofer Jewellery Design
I strongly recommend WSBA to any businessperson in the western suburbs area. Whatever industry sector you are in and whether you operate a one-person business, a branch office of a multi-national corporation or anything in between, you will benefit from the exposure, support and networking opportunities that come with membership. WSBA is high-calibre organisation in every respect.” James Bull, James Bull Consulting
I have attended a couple of WSBA events now and could not recommend them highly enough. They are a very professional and well run outfit which attracts great people from a diverse industry base. WSBA is a warm and welcoming group to be a part of and presents excellent networking opportunities. Rowan Hemsley, Hemsley Paterson