HAVING announced she is leaving her role as youth development officer at Moyne Shire, Geraldine Edar is now planning to cook up a storm.
Ms Edar has informed staff at Moyne she was leaving the organisation, with her last day at the end of September.
She has been with council for 11 years and eight months and has clear plans for the future.
“I’m opening a cafe in Mortlake,” Ms Edar said.
“It will be a cafe with a difference, I have loved my work so much at Moyne and the cafe will incorporate some of that into it.
“There will be community and youth elements in it, it’s very exciting.”
While she is looking forward to her next venture, Ms Edar has paused to reflect on her time at Moyne.
“I am very sad to be leaving Moyne, I have made so many great friends during my time there,” she said.
“I have worked with 493 young people as part of the youth council, it has been an absolute pleasure.”
As well as her work at Moyne Shire, Ms Edar has led the south-west Alternative Schoolies group.
Since its establishment in 2010, the alternative schoolies initiative has helped build a library, classrooms and an orphanage at a village primary school in the Philippines.
The program has included contributions from 91 young adults.
This year’s venture has been put on hold but Ms Edar is keen to revive the initiative next year and take the amount of young people involved across its history into triple figures.
Ms Edar’s community service was recognised with the Koroit Lions Club presenting her with the Ian M. Stockdale Humanitarian Award.