COVID-19, and the subsequent lockdown that quarantined the popular PESA lunches, has had a creative spin-off that has proven to be spectacularly well-subscribed with dozens of Australian and overseas members gravitating to the recently introduced PESA webinars.
The initiative, inspired by WA President Helen Debenham, has attracted regular weekly participants numbering 100-160 members and has proven to be so popular that the initiative has been flagged as a regular activity in the post-COVID era.
Helen said the idea behind the webinars came about as motivation to give paid up members meaningful interaction after the world went into lockdown and regular events were frozen.
“We were both surprised and delighted by the response,” Helen said. “Paid up members from all over the country tapped into the weekly deliveries and overseas members also joined in, which was fantastic as they too began engaging with their Australian colleagues and peers.
“We felt that we need to keep members engaged and keep providing benefits and the weekly webinars have grown from strength-to-strength as a regular highlight.”
While recording are available on the PESA website for those who were unable to attend the live link-ups, Helen said pesa.com.au did not have a dedicated webinar page on its site, but this looks likely to change in the future.
At present upcoming webinars are available on the events page under the online sub-category and recording can also be accessed for those who were prior engaged.
While PESA members are eagerly anticipating a return of the popular monthly lunches and evening presentations, Helen said this was not likely to impact the webinars, which look like they are here to stay moving forward.
“We’re both thrilled and inspired with the enthusiasm that members have shown in response to the webinars and would thus probably like to keep them going once activities return to normal. I’m not sure we will be doing them once a week in future, but perhaps monthly,” Helen said.