“White with one” with Rachael Pruden from PJSE

Rachael has been Peter’s PA for almost 7 years now. She is his savior when it comes to keeping his diary in check as well as being able to talk football in the office. She’s always smiling and loves a chat, but how does she take her coffee and what have been her highlights over the years at PJSE? Find out in this instalment of “White with one” – staff edition.

Peter: How do you take your coffee?

Rachael:

Skinny cappuccino – no sugar. I have one a day in the morning on my walk to work. In the afternoon I have Arbonne Herbal Tea – blatant plug there for my sister who is an Arbonne consultant, but they are seriously delicious!

Peter: How long have you worked at PJSE and what is your background?

Rachael:

It will be 7 years this October – time flies! After high school I completed an Advanced Diploma of Tourism Management at Victoria University but never went into the field. At the time I was spending most of my free time at the gym and loving it, so I decided to go back to school and became a qualified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I worked in the fitness industry on and off for about 6 years. After spending a year in London, where I was working in an office, I got a taste of the 9am – 5pm lifestyle (much nicer than personal training hours) and haven’t looked back.

Peter: What are some of your proudest moments/highlights while working at PJSE? 

Rachael:

Proudest would obviously be being able to keep on top of your schedule Pete! Highlights –

  • Being at the 2010 AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and St Kilda – helping out with the Pre Match Entertainment and witnessing the draw.
  • Being there again in 2011 – Geelong v Collingwood with my Dad who had never been to a Grand Final before (my family and I are all tragic Western Bulldogs supporters). He was like a kid on Christmas morning, so it was a pretty special moment to share with him.
  • Standing in the Field of Women in 2010 and 2014 on the MCG – a wonderful cause and a very emotional event.
  • Being at Federation Square for ‘Yell for Cadel’ when Cadel Evans returned to Australia after his Tour de France win – the atmosphere and the amount of people that turned up was amazing.
  • Working on the famous PJSE Christmas card. I love how much everyone hangs out for it – it certainly makes the 800 + mail out a little easier knowing how much everyone is looking forward to receiving it.

 

Peter: Who are some of your most admired Melburnians?

Rachael:

Susan Alberti is certainly someone I admire, and not just because of her wonderful support of my beloved Bulldogs. What she has achieved in the business world and all the work she has done for diabetes research is quite inspiring.

Peter: What is your favourite event to attend in Melbourne? 

Rachael:

I love discovering new events! Two of my favourites this year have been –

  1. Fromage A Trois – Cheese & Cider Festival at Werribee Mansion. The event showcases cheese and cider producers from all over Australia. It has live music, cooking demonstrations and a huge range of food and beverage options. All topped off with the beautiful Mansion and lawns as the backdrop.
  2. Game of Rhones – After tasting your way around the room, you vote for your favourite wine. There’s heaps of yummy food on offer too. It’s held in the Meat Market in North Melbourne and it’s a great way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon in Winter.

 

Peter: Best place to get a coffee? 

Rachael:

The Butcher Shop Café in North Melbourne.

Peter: What are the 5 best things about living in Melbourne?

Rachael:

The coffee, the variety of food, the weather (I love the cold weather!), the events calendar and the footy.

Peter: Finally, what is your favourite PJSE Christmas card?  

Rachael:

There have been so many great ones over the years. Addicted to Events and Snow White are definitely up there, but my personal all-time favourite would have to be Game of Jones! Even though I drew the short straw and had to be a guy, I’m a huge fan of Games of Thrones and it was a really fun card to put together. I think this year’s card will be pretty special too……..

Peter: Rach, thank you for your time today and go Doggies this weekend!

rach

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