“My role is to light the spark of possibility in others.
Candles represent my dream – all of us alive with
passion, full of light and collectively sending out much
more light than any one of us can as an individual.”


“Susan is a highly skilled facilitator and communicator who has a depth of practical local government knowledge.  We have been able to rapidly accelerate our ‘getting to know you’ time, and set clear, agreed directions.  Susan has also helped us steer through the very necessary frank and fearless conversations that build strong foundations”.

Noelene Duff, Chief Executive Officer, City of Whitehorse

“Thanks again for today – great to feel focused and organised!”.

Cath Botta, Participant, Plan in a Day, 2018

“Thank you so much for your wisdom, care and guidance with the Board session yesterday. You had a deep understanding of our hopes and expectations and managed to beautifully guide our group through the thinking to generate meaningful conversation”.

What an exciting session, Thank You!

Suzanna Christison, Board Member NESAY

“Firstly, thank you for a great workshop on Saturday. As I said at the end my expectations were met by lunchtime and the outcome was more than encouraging.  The informal feedback from our committee members and in turn from the user groups they represent has been strongly positive with increased optimism for the future of the Reserve.  Over the years I have sat through some boring and non-productive planning days; this was definitely not one of them! My personal thanks for a great job as well as that of our Committee members who attended”.

Alan Garside, Secretary Myrtleford Recreation Reserve Inc

“Thank you Susan for working with the participants of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. It has been a delight for me to work with such a master of facilitation. The participants have also been very fortunate to work with such a knowledgeable, experienced and passionate presenter”.

Kim Scanlon, Executive Officer Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program

“Susan is so passionate with great energy. What she has done for regional communities is amazing”.


Participant, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

“Thank you for your support in bringing CLP to Life. It is wonderful to know, that we have made a difference in many lives and have stronger community members, leaders, because of it. If we have made a difference in one person’s life (it only needs to be one), we have achieved what we set out to do”.

Michelle Bertoli, Community Development Officer Greater Shepparton Shire Council

“Susan demystified the processes around creating vision and following that vision.  Her energy and passion are infectious”.

Participant, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Facilitation

“Susan Benedyka is running as an Independent as a Federal Senate candidate in Victoria. I have known Susan for nearly 30 years, she has an extraordinary ability to bring people together to solve problems along with a desire to create a better world to live in. I wish her well”.

Tony Windsor, AM, former Australian politician

“On behalf of the board of Lifeline Albury Wodonga (LLAW), please accept our thanks and appreciation for the excellent work you did with updating our Strategic Plan. The LLAW board really appreciated your briefing, and the many follow ups. We now have real targets to attempt and achieve”.

Matt Burke OAM, former CEO, Lifeline Albury Wodonga

“We greatly appreciate the services and products you and your team at The Regional Development Company provided. You always stick to your word and provide high quality products and so we were proud to have you as a sponsor.  Speaking on behalf of the board, we look forward to your continued support, welcome future opportunities to work together for the good of our community and wish you continued success in future years”.

Neil Aird,  Chief Executive Officer, Business Wodonga