Cheryl Rapson

Cheryl Rapson

A Professional Profile
Her Career Spanning 50+ Years

Cheryl Rapson

A Professional Profile
Her Career Spanning 50+ Years


Cheryl during her Modeling Vocation

Cheryl is currently a Mortgage Broker based in Central West Victoria.

Her other passionate vocation is that of a Civil Celebrant.

Cheryl joined the workforce as a sales assistant in late 1967. After 3 years study at Night School graduated and commenced her administrative career as a Legal Secretary.

She has worked in nearly all sectors of Commerce:-

Legal, Education, Accounting, Real Estate, Finance, Retail, Fashion, Insurance, Labour Hire, Business Owner & Employer of up to 50 casual workers and most of it between being a Mother and Home Keeper....



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Cheryl working tirelessly into the night with her trusted Feline Companions (RIP) keeping watch.


Cheryl is currently a
Mortgage Broker

Cheryl joined the workforce as a sales assistant in late 1967. After 3 years study at Night School graduated and commenced her administrative career as a Legal Secretary.

She has worked in nearly all sectors of Commerce:-

Legal, Education, Accounting, Real Estate, Finance, Retail, Fashion, Insurance, Labour Hire, Business Owner & Employer of up to 50 casual workers and most of it between being a Mother and Home Keeper....

Cheryl's Business Profile

Cheryl Rapson - Dip FS (FMBM), Dip FS (Conveyancing), Adv Dip BM, FAIOP

Cheryl is an extremely active person, She enjoys Studying and Working. So much so she has a myriad of Certificates and Accreditation's, to her name.

⚫    Diploma in Financial Services - Financial Management & Business Management
⚫    Diploma in Financial Services - Conveyancing
⚫    Certificate IV - Workplace Assessments
⚫    Diploma of Teaching - TAFE
⚫    Advanced Diploma in Business Management - Honours
⚫    Certificate in Office Administration
⚫    CHC41015 - Certificate IV in Celebrancy

Appreciations.... From around the mid 70's, Cheryl has been involved in community organisations most of which involved charitable activity.
When She left Ballarat in 1981, she was showered with accolades of praise and letters of appreciation for the work she had done with The Miss Australia Quest and the Spastic Society of Victoria.
During the time she operated her retail clothing store, she organised fashion parades and donated all her out of season stock to fund-raising events, all for charity.
Later on in her life, when the children where old enough to look after themselves, she became involved with Rotary and was President of two clubs, she was also actively involved with Student Exchange all of which she gave her utmost and here again received letters of appreciation and thanks.
She continues to be active with "Not for Profit" organisations.

  

Cheryl has worked hard throughout her career. Her devotion to her Husband the love, caring and dedication to her children and their upbringing has rewarded her with a wonderful happy family with adorable grandchildren and a comfortable home with a beautiful garden in which she absolutely adores tending to.


An Article on Cheryl's Working Career

Cheryl started work as a Sales Assistant in 1967. She studied Shorthand and Business Management at night school for 3 years and in the early 70's, commenced her administrative career as a Legal Secretary for a Barrister and a Queens Counselor, the Barrister was to become a judge and has never forgotten the work she did as a Young Lady.

She then changed directions and moved to work in the Financial arm of Bob Jane.
In mid 1976 Cheryl moved to Ballarat with her partner (now her husband) who was transferred to that city.

At Ballarat, Cheryl was immediately employed by a local law firm where she worked for a short period before moving on to an exciting job of working with the curator of the Gold Museum at Sovereign Hill.

It was here that she was photographed with the then Governor General of Australia, Sir Zelman Cowen, which made front page news in the main Newspaper. It was this photograph that prompted a prominent lady of the Miss Australia Quest Committee of Ballarat and a Fashion model, who invited Cheryl to join the committee and also work with her in her modeling agency which she did and had a wonderful fun time of these charitable tasks.

In 1981 Cheryl moved back to Melbourne model (another transfer of her Partner) and returned to her old job with the Financial arm of Bob Jane. When her employer retired, she moved to work for the State Manager of a Pest Control Company not far from where she lived in Melbourne.

This was to be the last full time job Cheryl would have working for someone else as an employee.


Cheryl married her partner in October 1982 and fell pregnant a few weeks later. She worked for another 6 Months and and in this stage of pregnancy moved again with her now husband to a small country town in North West Victoria DIMBOOLA.

What a shock this was to the poor girl, heavily pregnant, moving and setting up house in a far away isolated place living opposite the railway depot with the noise of trains and locomotives shunting and phone calls to her husband during the night but she persevered for the love of her Husband and yet to be born child.

She gave birth to a wonderful boy at the end of July 1983. Cheryl did not have any family or close friends to help her during the infancy of her child and all that she learned and did was through motherly instinct and assistance from the local district nurse.

When her son was old enough to sleep at night and sit up, Cheryl established a Fashion Boutique in the main street of town. This was to be the first modern "Fashion House" in the history of the towns existence. This was a wonderful time in her life, running the business and bringing up her child in the store and meeting the wonderful people of the town. She organised fashion parades and donated out of fashion clothing to charity.

This wonderful lifestyle wasn't to last long, her husband was again to transfer to a larger Railway Depot in the Town of Ararat, here she set up another boutique and was quite successful.

Little did she know that this was going to turn out to be a nightmare. She was to fall pregnant again which was not planned and unexpected. Her pregnancy illness, the work load of her husband and other circumstances led to her closing down the store in Ararat and selling the one in Dimboola.

In late September 1986 she gave birth to a beautiful little girl. After the birth of her daughter, Cheryl concentrated on being a mother first and a career lady last.

In February of 1987 she had had enough of moving from place to place and decided to make the town of Ararat her permanent home.

In July that year Cheryl purchased an historic blue-stone residence in the heart of town (Circa 1893), in which she still resides.

house

In October that same year, the stock marked crashed. It wasn't long before the impact was felt by millions of Australians, Cheryl was close to loosing the Family Home to interest rates hovering around 19% PA. She moved the family to Melbourne including her husband who was lucky to get a temporary transfer. This allowed Cheryl to Work part time in the Insurance Industry and was able to maintain the exuberance repayments on the Family Home at Ararat.

Three Years had past since the crash of '87 and Cheryl and her Family returned to Ararat on a cold Easter Thursday in 1991. The children were still young and active and as young children will be, more and more demanding for their learning and development. Cheryl fostered their learning and encouraged all activities that would support them later in life. This concentration on her children did not allow Cheryl to work full-time but was able to perform some part-time teaching work during school hours. Thanks to this dedication to the children’s upbringing, they are both now extremely successful adults with children of their own.

pretty Three more years were to pass and at the end of 1995 her husband decided on early retirement and become a house husband and spend time with the Children. This allowed Cheryl to peruse whatever career she chose. As the children were not quite into puberty and still required high maintenance, Cheryl decided to concentrate on the Bartering Business which was booming at that time because the impact of the financial crisis still had an adverse effect particularly in rural areas.

Cheryl continued with her studies when she could but had to put every thing on hold to run the administrative side of the family's Labour Hire company which she and her husband started in 1999. Here she handled a turnover of $2,000,000.00 to $5,000,000.00 p/a and did the payroll and administration for up to 50 employees.

In 2003 her husband put the labour hire company on hold and returned to mainstream employment. Cheryl then commenced her studies in Real state and Financial Management specialising in Mortgage Brokering.
house At that time, the children now all grown up and "flown the coop", Cheryl continued here studies full time and graduated in....
Advanced Diploma in Business Management - - With Honours

She performed some work in the Real Estate Business but decided on Mortgage and Financial Services as her continuing career.

If she is helping people, who knows! She'll continue working........



Cheryl's Hobby - A Lakes Cruiser - Cica 1951




























































Bastion Point Mallacoota. Photographed by the author of this website on 04/07/2004.

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