Event Reports

Read about some of our past events here, either to relive the moment or to see what you missed! 
  • 14 Dec 2009 6:21 PM | Anonymous
    Spreading the Magic of Christmas

    Once upon a time there was a club, a social club that ran events for
    Canadians and Australians alike.

    The calendar page turned to December. Sadly, those used to frigid temperatures, snow and ice to indicate that the festive season was just around the corner were without their requisite Christmas spirit. Instead, the weather was warm and sunny and felt more like summer holidays and nothing like the Christmases of their childhood.

    What to do?

    The Aussies and the Canucks banded together with a mission to create Christmas spirit. They came up with  a plan to bring Christmas cheer to members, friends and some other well deserving folks, children mostly. A small group of very industrious elves set out to plan the Christmas party of all Christmas parties – they wrapped and shopped, plotted and planned and created an evening full of food, drink, fun, laughter, presents and most of all, a night focused on giving – for it's in giving that we get the Christmas spirit, wherever we live.

    Thank you to our elves Kathleen Ryan, Bonnie Lovelace, Ami Seymour, Sarah Hatfield, Barbara Glover, Frank Yong, Chris Warrick and Linda Johannesson for all their "elf-ly" efforts in making the 2009 Christmas Party a HUGE success.

    We had 55 people sign up and nearly everybody attended. We all left with a belly full of home baked tasty treats, big smiles, a little Christmas present and the a bit of Christmas magic in our hearts.

    Through donations and silent auctions we raised over $600 combined to be shared with our four charities of choice:
    •       Make-a-Wish Canada
    •       Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia
    •       Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation
    •       Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
    And we even collected a few bags of non-perishable food to be shared
    with local charities.

    I think we can safely say we did our part in sharing the joy of Christmas with our Canadian and Australian compatriots and some very deserving children in both Canada and right here in Australia, through our charitable efforts.

    Thank you for your ideas, hard work, your generosity and for stepping up and doing your part to make a difference.

    Merry Christmas to the elves, to all our members and to the growing group of friends of the Canadian Australian Club. May the joys of the season be plentiful and last throughout the coming year.

  • 13 Dec 2009 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    It was a beautiful and hot Sydney Saturday night, where 15 people, who had trained all day, arrived starving and ready to partake in an all you can eat Brazilian BBQ Restaurant Night.  We enjoyed over 23 different courses (including chicken heart!) and had some very lovely wine personally selected by club member Jim.  Overall it was another fantastic CAC event, where smiling faces gathered for some great food and company.  Everyone left with very full bellies and we all look forward to our next gathering.

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  • 04 Dec 2009 10:00 PM | Anonymous
    This was yet another great turn out for the club's key end-of-year event.  The committee had put in a lot of effort in to wrapping many presents, thanks.  We held a silent auction and support four charities, two in Australia and two in Canada.  Some members also donated non-perishable food which is to be donated to a local charity.

    It was pleasing to see how many club members dressed up in traditional Christmas colours.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone and may everyone have safe return from their holiday's.
  • 06 Nov 2009 10:35 PM | Anonymous
    The turn out was enough for the AGM to be held, but that said all positions were filled with the exception of PR.  We had 26 people attend this years AGM, we even had Arun Nagratha of Trowbridge Accounting, one of our Canada based sponsors attend.

    The new constitution was approved, and an increase in membership fees were also passed.

    As with the conclusion of each AGM, we held our normal monthly mixer, having some great conversations.

    On to the Christmas Party.
  • 11 Oct 2009 7:57 AM | Anonymous
    This was our best event of the year.  There were almost 100 people attending... we filled the room!  Food was great, atmosphere perfect.
    The kids had fun with many games, events & prizes such as "pin the tail on the turkey".

    The trivia quiz was very hard, but of course I'm kiwi... what do I know?  As always the pumpkin pies went down a treat and were fabulously cooked.

    We were all reminded that the next meeting will be AGM, November 6 2009.  Such an important event as we need a great committee to run events such as Thanksgiving.

    Well done to Brenda and her team!
  • 04 Oct 2009 6:52 PM | Anonymous
    It was a glorious 32 degree winter day in Sydney, where 4 members of the CAC along with about a thousand other kite lovers flocked to the welcoming breeze at Bondi Beach for the Festival of the Winds.  We all gathered at the lifeguard station in the morning, well prepared with our sunscreen, sun hats and bathing suits.  There was quite the laugh when Allan and Andrew looked at each other and realised they were wearing the same board shorts, both from Costco in Canada (Al's from Toronto and Andrew's from Vancouver) both were thinking they would have the only pair in OZ.

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    Once assembled, we took took a beautiful stroll along the beach and dipped our toes in the water, while admiring the beautiful kites that were overhead in such a stunning setting.  True Paradise! We walked through the stalls and enjoyed learning about the history of kites, how they have changed throughout time (kiteboarding!) and enjoyed seeing some ancient kites on display.  There was live music, pony rides and education areas that we all enjoyed.

    After our time at the beach, we enjoyed a yummy pizza lunch and some nice cold beer.

    The day concluded with a personal walking tour of Bondi and another toe tip at the beach.

    It was a fun packed day for all!
  • 10 Aug 2009 2:13 PM | Deleted user

    We had a lovely sunny Sunday sitting at Balmoral Beach, tasting wine and listening to the live band. Michael and I took advantage of a series of public transportation methods - ferry, bus & train to get us to and from the event, freeing us to partake in as many tasting as we wanted.

    We officially had about 10 members register for this event, but also saw several others who decided to show up on the day. Laura Mae & Alex "appeared" briefly before "disappearing" on their way to seeing David Copperfield live.

    Mudgee wines never disappoint and there were almost as many food vendors available, so no one went home hungry. The petting zoo was a big hit with member Natasha Solomon and all the other lucky kids who visited the beach. And it seems everyone who had a dog brought them along to enjoy the day.

    Having become a new fan of Rose wines I decided to focus only on this varietal for the day and managed to taste about 12 different ones. I'm looking forward to the "Taste of Orange" which will be held later this month (Aug 30) at Bondi Beach.

    Cheers Brenda

  • 19 Jul 2009 6:45 PM | Anonymous
    Event Report by Andrew Westover

    Ten members of the CAC along with about a million other Sydneysiders took advantage of a glorious, sunny winter’s day to enjoy the aromas and sights of the Rocks Aroma Festival.  We all met up at Circular Quay at noon and once we were all assembled we threw ourselves into the mass of humanity.  First stop was to get a quick coffee to steel our nerves.

    We wandered around all the stalls but we were daunted by the massive queues to try what was on offer.  We never knew there were so many coffee brands in Australia.  The stalls were spread from Circular Quay around the waters edge and back around through the Rocks.  There was various sites scattered around that offered live music, there was even two camel caravans carrying the patient people who were will to wait more than an hour for a ride.

    After 2 ½ hours of wandering, sampling and nibbling on some sweet corn we adjourned to the Harbour View Hotel to enjoy a couple of well deserved ales and glasses of wine.

  • 12 Jul 2009 9:10 AM | Anonymous
    The skies were gray. The air was cool. There was a light drizzle, but we persevered. It looked like it might only be David, Chris and I, but a few minutes into our stroll we received a call from Brenda and Mick and arranged a meeting place a little further along the track.
    We hugged the bay and passed a number of other walkers, some cyclists, some prams, a few dogs and a multitude of runners (many were practicing for the upcoming Bay Run).
    It seemed like we completed the 7KM course rather effortlessly and in a shorter time than we imagined. I guess that means we're all ready to sign up for the actual Bay Run taking place on August 2nd.
    We'll be making a club trip out of that event too, so watch for details.
    The day ended with a some beverages and snacks with the five of us tucked inside The Cove. Thanks for a lovely Sunday morning all.
    Maybe we can make this a regular event. 
  • 03 Jul 2009 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    03072009.jpgYet another successfill monthly mixer was held at the Quay West Hotel with about 22 people attending, and like the last few mixers and events... many new faces as well (says he whose been in the Club for 3 years).

    I can say that the nibbles were fantastic, and I'd recommend the dips and wedges to all.  This makes up for the bitterly cold weather outside with the wind whipping around the building.

    Regards, Craig.

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