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Welcome to Docklands

04 Jun 2015

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According to Stefanie Schulz, Docklands “has it all”.

The new Docklands Chamber of Commerce executive officer only had good things to say about her new workplace when she caught up with Docklands News last month.

“Where else do you get modern living, history, entertainment, sport, shopping, water and all this on the edge of the CBD and walking distance from the city?” she asked.

Ms Schulz began her new role in April and says so far she is thoroughly enjoying her new role.

Born in Germany, Ms Schulz moved to Canada in 2000 where she worked in a range of roles, including as executive director of a chamber of commerce.

“It was a chamber that was well established, over 70 years old and with 750 members and similar challenges to any other chamber in the world,” Ms Schulz said.

In 2013, she moved to Melbourne with her husband after the construction company he worked for began a joint venture project with Grocon and the State Government on the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

According to Ms Schulz, the job offer came “out of the blue” and within five weeks the pair had moved to Melbourne.

Now living in Southbank, Ms Schulz said she often walked down to Docklands and was looking forward to getting to know the area better in her new role.

“This Docklands job feels like a great fit for me,” Ms Schulz said. “And while I’m still learning about all of the different precincts I hope this means I’ll be able to take a fresh approach.”

And she says she’s enjoying working with the Docklands Chamber of Commerce executive members who have been very welcoming.

“It’s been so positive,” Ms Schulz said. “I’m truly amazed by the executive.”

In her previous role with a Canadian chamber of commerce, Ms Schulz said its chamber had a team of staff, whereas the Docklands Chamber of Commerce has just one part-time employee (Ms Schulz herself).

“If you look at the executive committee, these people run their own businesses or work in the corporate world and yet they still devote so much of their time to the chamber,” she said.

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