During a five-year break from the media industry in her early twenties, Virginia went on to advance her skills and qualifications in the ACT business sector.
Unlike many of her 'show-business' peers, Virginia can boast an extensive corporate and administrative background in small business enterprise (including management, enterprise education, tender writing and government proposals), marketing and promotions (specialising in the not-for-profit sector), and events management.
In addition to her full-time employment (outlined below), Virginia studied part-time to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Marketing and Small Business Management. She then completed further studies at the University of Canberra in Media and Communications (Journalism) which eventually lead her back to her passion - radio and television.
Once a Board Member for the YWCA in Canberra, Virginia's strong social conscience still sees her participating regularly in community focus groups and volunteer organisations.
|After a successful year as a volunteer Business Mentor in 2000, Virginia was offered the role of State & Region Manager at Young Achievement Australia. In addition to working closely with the ACT Government to secure sponsorship, Virginia was responsible for the marketing, implementation and management of YAA's small business enterprise programs. View more information about YAA here.|
|From 1998 to 2001 Virginia was employed in various positions at CREEDA, also known as the Canberra Business Centres. Virginia started as a Client Services Co-ordinator and quickly moved into a more specialised marketing and development role in the Projects division, assisting senior management in the marketing and feasibility studies for small business incubators internationally. Click here for more info on CREEDA.|
|Virginia started dancing at a young age and by her mid-teens had been awarded Honours in her final Elementary Tap Dancing exams. She also enjoyed Jazz Ballet & Hip Hop classes and regularly scored roles in productions by Cooma Little Theatre and Supa Productions (ACT). At 19 years of age Virginia became a key member of Canberra's elite dance and performance troupe, the Dynamic Dancers. Virginia later went on to manage the Dynamic Dance School and also become a dance instructor. View the current Dynamic Dance Academy website.|
|Upon completion of her administrative traineeship, Virginia moved to Canberra and gained employment at Yowani Country Club. She worked full-time in the front office handling membership and accommodation enquiries for eighteen months, and following her initial resignation (to pursue other interests) continued to work there on a casual basis for another five years. A little known fact about Virginia is that at 13 years of age she was the Cooma Junior Golf Champion and she once scored a hole in one!|
|After successfully completing her Year 12 Higher School Certificate in 1994, Virginia commenced a twelve month administrative traineeship in the Public Affairs division of the SMHEA. During that time she worked closely with the media team for the official re-opening of the Tumut 2 Powerstation and assisted with the layout, publication and distribution of the SMHEA Annual Report. In recent years, the SMHEA has been re-branded as Snowy Hydro.|