TESTIMONIALS: JULIE AS AN MC
“The SGLMG 78ers Committee had prepared a detailed media brief on Fifty Years of LGBTIQ+ Visibility. The brief included key messages on the first Australian activist LGBTIQ+ organisations founded 1969-70 – Australasian Lesbian Movement (ALM), ACT Homosexual Law Reform Society (HLRS) and Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP Inc.). Also covered were key members of ALM and CAMP Inc. who “came out” on TV and in the press in 1970. We were thrilled to hear our key messages of Fifty Years of LGBTIQ+ Visibility read out by 78er Julie McCrossin as we marched around the SCG.” Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Co-MC, Sydney Cricket Ground, March 2021.
“I just wanted to express our sincere appreciation for today – you were an absolute pleasure to work with, and were so fantastic. I was very grateful for your additions to the ceremony which gave it so much extra depth, colour and fun. Overall the event was a huge success and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful comments about it all – I cant wait to see the press later. We were so lucky to have someone like you who is not only an absolute pro MC and entertainer but firmly believes in the values behind the rainbow concept. It was a joy to work with you.” Randwick City Council. February 2021.
“Thank you for your thoughtful and warm contribution as Master of Ceremonies of our 2019 NSW Health Awards. Feedback from those attending the Awards has been extremely positive. You helped bring humour and compassion to the evening and made it a night to remember.” NSW Health. October 2019
“Thank you for your auctioneering skills. You worked exceptionally hard. This is a classic example of what can be achieved through a strong sense of community and passion about supporting regional cancer services.” Albury Wodonga Cancer Services Trust Fund. May 2019
“I just wanted to say a massive thanks for the energy, care and enthusiasm you gave to our conference. I love your curiosity and genuine interest in making the world a better place. You rock!” Australian Network on Disability 11th Annual Conference. May 2019
“Thank you SO MUCH for your phenomenal facilitation today. People (participants, panellists, partners) have been giving glowing feedback about your energy, dynamism and humour in drawing out so many voices on so many issues. Personally, I loved the way you wove people’s personal experiences into discussion about systemic change – which is what it’s all about; and your drive for collaborative endeavours. We learned so much from working with you and would love to do it again.” Health Justice Australia Symposium. March 2019.
“Many thanks for your superlative assistance and performance for our 30th Birthday Symposium. Your leadership was invaluable, and the day was a great success. We are very grateful for all your efforts.” NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. February 2019.
“We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback both verbally and in our evaluation forms about the conference. It would rate as one of our best and most successful conferences to date. A large part of that was due to your engaging facilitation and humour – conferences can be a little hard work at times, even with the good speakers, and your facilitation just made it so much more enjoyable.” Tresillian Centenary Conference. November 2018.
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for being the MC of our Awards Presentation Ceremony. You did an exceptional job. We couldn’t have asked for more! Your wisdom and meticulous eye for detail ensured that the day ran smoothly.” South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health. Sydney, July 2018.
“Thank you for all your wonderful MCing yesterday, we have had some really fantastic feedback from the attendees. Everyone thought the day went off really well.” South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Improvement & Innovation Awards. Sydney, July 2018.
“My heartfelt thanks go to you for your wonderful contribution to Happiness & Its Causes 2017. Your conversation with Rosie Batty was very moving and heartwarming. Thank you for all the effort you put into an event that touched the minds and hearts of our delegates and provided insights and tools they could take back into their lives.” Happiness & Its Causes. Sydney, June 2018.
“I wanted to send a quick note to say thank you again for being the ‘grand master’ of ceremonies for our conference. We have had such brilliant feedback about the day.” Innovations Conference, Cancer Institute NSW. September 2017.
“Once again a very big thank you for an incredible three breakfast series for your professionalism and amazing ability to connect our guests.” Spring Series Breakfasts: Cancer Council NSW. September 2017.
“Thanks so much for the incredible job you did for BCNA at the Pink Lady Luncheon last Tuesday. Rave reviews all round.” Breast Cancer Network Australia. August 2017.
“On behalf of myself, the Board members and the Network Executive Team, I would like to thank you for acting as the Master of Ceremonies for the Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network Conference on Wednesday 24 May, 2017. I take this opportunity to congratulate you on a wonderful job in this essential role and your contribution in making this event a success.” Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network. May 2017.
“This is just to say thanks so much for becoming involved with the March for Science in Sydney. Your presence really helped us get the numbers up, as did all of your support on Twitter.” March for Science 2017.
“A BIG BIG thank you. So many people commented positively on your role.” Bomber Command Association in Australia Christmas Luncheon. NSW Parliament. November 2016.
“Your warmth, humour and energetic approach, strong and personal engagement with the audience, and skilled facilitation of the panel discussions was invaluable to the success of the event.” Cancer Australia, June 2016.
“On behalf of The George Institute for Global Health and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, I would like to thank you for your generous support of our Breakfast Forum on 31 March. Thank you for all of your contributions on the day, and for the delivery of a dynamic and entertaining keynote on the realities of the consumer experience in today’s healthcare system.” March 2016.
“Thank you again for your services. It was exactly what we wanted and we have received overwhelmingly great feedback. It was great to work with you.” NPS MedicineWise & ChoosingWisely Australia. March 2016.
“I have had lots of positive feedback on your session, and I appreciate you getting there so early to make sure it went off without a hitch.” Ageing, Disability and Home Care Staff Forum NSW 2015.
“I had little doubt Julie would be good, but I had not anticipated just how well and how quickly she could read a crowd. What a talent!” Prof Natalka Suchowerska, Head of Physics Research and Education, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Sydney Catalyst. November 2015.
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for last night. You are an absolute delight. Thank you for your professionalism and expertise, your wonderful way with words, your very personable approach and your great sense of humour. You made everyone feel welcome, relaxed and connected.” SGCH. November 2015.
On behalf of everyone at SGCH, thank you for making our 30th birthday celebration so special, we really appreciate it.” Australian Red Cross. September 2015.
“Thanks to you for the absolutely fantastic job you did last night in facilitating the Oration. Your energy, the work that you did in preparing and liaising with speakers, and engaging the audience was noted and commented upon in feedback. Our very grateful thanks to you for supporting the Red Cross, and contributing so significantly to this year’s terrific event.” Australian Red Cross. September 2015.
“Many thanks for your time and great success, still the talk of the town in Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services what a great event.” Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Northern Sydney Local Health District Staff Awards. August 2015.
“Thanks so much for a FAB day! We’ve received so much positive feedback, and were really pleased with how the day went.” Youth Health Showcase, NSW Kids and Families, NSW Health. June 2015.
“Thank you for your brilliant MC duties on Friday. We really appreciated your professionalism and ability to draw out interesting gems from the speakers and panel members.” Women in Health Leadership Forum 2015 Australian College of Health Service Management. May 2015.
“Thanks very much for doing such a wonderful job at the Community Forum.” Aged and Community Services NSW & ACT. March 2015.
“Your sensitivity and intelligence enabled the best and most appropriate information to be presented. It was a hugely successful program with everyone spellbound.” Wolper Jewish Hospital Wellbeing Program: Medicinal Cannabis. March 2015.
“You were THE major asset to the success of our Wellbeing Q and A on Stroke. You enabled the BEST information to be presented. It was a hugely successful program. I sincerely thank you for enabling our Wellbeing Program to be so successful.” Wolper Jewish Hospital. November 2014
“The dinner was a huge success, our 3 aims achieved with high distinction. You did a magnificent job, and all who came thoroughly enjoyed the evening.” Annie Cook, Flying Dutchman Reunion Dinner and Fundraiser, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. 2014
“We particularly appreciated your enthusiasm and ability to keep the audience engaged and focused on the forum’s key messages to promote child safe environments in the entertainment industry. It was very impressive that you were able to work with a live audience, encourage their participation and to accommodate the filming that was taking place.” Kerryn Boland, Children’s Guardian and A/Commissioner for Children and Young People NSW. 2014
“Thank you again so much. I have received a lot of positive comments about the evening being really informative and enjoyable, particularly on such a rainy night.” Deborah Harvey, Leichhardt Council “Planning Ahead Forum”. August 2014
“Thank you so much for facilitating a wonderful launch of ‘What makes you happy?’. I very much appreciate your enthusiasm and superb interviewing skills, creating a fun and interactive evening.” Fiona Robards, author of “What makes you happy?”. August 2014
“Thank you so much for your superb facilitation of the Conference. You are fabulous!” Odette Waanders, CEO, Palliative Care Victoria Conference. July/August 2014.
“You were fantastic and made the day a very special one for all of us lucky enough to be there. The feedback I received from those living with cancer was very appreciative of the interaction and overall learning experience achieved on the day. You and all the speakers did us proud.” David Sandoe OAM National Chairman Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, “Living with Cancer: Our Research, Your Future Forum”. June 2014.
“You did an excellent job of injecting energy and momentum into the Cultural Shift symposium.” Settlement Services International. June 2014.
“Once again, it was great to work with you, thank you so much for your contribution to a very successful day.” Palliative Care Australia. Launch of Palliative Care Week, Parliament House, Canberra. May 2014.
“Many thanks from the entire team for a job brilliantly executed in your perfect style! You kept it moving along – to time – and with lots of humour which was just great.” Australian Network on Disability Conference. May 2014.
“There has been considerable positive feedback about our event. Some said it was ‘brilliant’ and others were very complimentary about how you conducted things and your knowledge about the subject matter. Some people have heard of its success by word of mouth.” Eastern Sydney Medicare Local Forum on Ageing Well at Home. February 2014.
“The open, warm and energetic atmosphere allowed for good discussion and networking (safe space). Terrific thought provoking day – interesting all the way. Congrats to the organisers and especially to Julie M for working so hard to make the day so successful.” NSW Kids and Families Adolescent Health Forum. November 2013.
“She did her research and was able to lead thought-provoking discussions with some of the most senior industry representatives.” NPS (National Prescribing Service) Members’ Forum 2013.
“Many thanks for all of your hard work making our NYAC forum and reception such a success.” CREATE Foundation National Youth Advisory Council 2012.
“The evaluations have rated the event a great success, with many comments on your excellent facilitation and sensitivity to the issues, with a healthy dose of humour. Thanks to your depth of understanding of so many of the issues and your energetic facilitation, the breadth of that which was covered including the audience interaction has been very well received.” Mental Health Co-ordinating Council NSW. November 2012.
“Your participation in the conference was invaluable and delegates were extremely grateful for your efforts in preparation, your energy and very effective timekeeping in chairing the program!” 2nd Annual International Family Law Conference, Cambodia. September 2012.
“Thank you so much for making our conference such a memorable, inspiring and successful event. The feedback we have received so far is overwhelmingly positive. You are personally singled out for praise for the way you so masterfully facilitated the conference, kept energy and engagement levels high and joined so many dots in such an inspiring and yet practical way.” Palliative Care Victoria State Conference. August 2012.
“I just wanted to congratulate you on your efforts to MC the hoarding and squalor conference this week. I thought you did a magnificent job in a very sensitive arena!” Steve Coleman, CEO RSPCA NSW. 2012.
“You managed to neatly link each speaker and the story of the service, keep the audience thoroughly engaged, and give the topic appropriate humour as well as empathy. Thank you for all your hard work.” Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, 10th Anniversary Event. MC. 2011.
“Thanks Julie for your involvement at the Physical Health Forum on 7 October – it was an excellent day. Your facilitation enabled so much to be brought together in a manageable, stimulating and fun way. It was also so great to feel I could just relax on the day and see it all unfold with you at the helm.” Mental Health Coordinating Council Physical Health Forum. October 2011.
“All of us at Cancer Council would like to say a deep thank you for the way you lead our Tackling Tobacco Forum. It was like we were visited by a witty, well informed and well intentioned, elemental force for a couple of hours…The pace and energy you brought was wonderful. The way you kept bringing in people from the audience kept it fresh and engaging and it was lovely to hear how people expressed things in terms of their deeply felt concerns including their commitment to social justice and fairness.” Cancer Council NSW. 2011.
“On behalf of St John Ambulance WA, may I thank you again for your contribution to our annual Country Conference. The volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm and warmth you bring to your role as MC and the overall feedback has been excellent.” St John WA Country Conference. Perth. 2011.
“…thank you for your excellent work at the telework forum. You really did a great job of having the issues explored and maintaining peoples interest and energy.” Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. 2011.
“Thanks again for such an amazing job – you are an incredible facilitator! We would definitely like to book you in again for next year’s conference.” Australian Network on Disability. Sydney. 2011.
“Your skill at controlling questions and your enthusiasm to keep it all moving was quite incredible.” Planet Ark Forum. 2011.
“Your energy, wit and empathy on the day made the event our most successful yet.” National Breast Cancer Foundation. Research Update. 2011.
“You did an amazing job MC’ing our party last night, everyone was so impressed with the way you controlled the pace of the night, and obviously knew your stuff! You made the speakers all feel really comfortable, and it was great to get involvement of people on the floor. You just made the night a real success!!” Australian Network on Disability. 2010.
“Thanks for your fantastic MCing at the mental health vigil last evening. You brought humour to a moment for reflection on a very serious topic and kept everything rolling along at a wonderful pace.” Get Up! 2010.
“Thank you for your great job. The feedback we have had is terrific.” Laing O’Rourke. 2010.
“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say ‘a big thank you’ for all the work at and leading up to the Summit. It really was a fantastic event and a pleasure to work with you. As always you captivated the audience’s hearts and minds and also gave then a great laugh.” – CREATE Foundation, National Summit. 2010.
“I think that you added an extra, important element that is often missing from conferences – some life, personality, breadth of knowledge, and with a good dose of personal touch. It was a wise move to get you involved.” – 3rd Regional Acquired Brain Injury Conference “Transitions in Life: Skills, Initiatives and Optimism”. Warrnambool, Victoria. 2009.
“Your enthusiasm, engagement and professionalism were the corner stone of the day’s success.” – Planet Ark Launch of National Recycling Week 2009
“Julie was absolutely excellent. Everyone loved her. She was flexible, entertaining and genuinely interested in the topic. We would have her back in a heartbeat.” – Relationships Australia (NSW) May 2008
Attendee comments: “A fantastic morning. Julie has a gift of switching on our passion!”; “Julie was fantastic, a lot of energy & really draws out key issues”; “Julie is brilliant! Refreshingly honest and clever. Her reflective listening is outstanding, provocative and witty”; “Great that Julie picked up on the underlying tension from previous day and addressed the issue effectively”; “Highly engaging and remained involved & aligned with all relevant issues. Excellent!”; “She is brilliant – combines energy, understanding, enthusiasm, empathy and challenging”. Communities for Children Conference 2007
“Thank you for your entertaining and inclusive chairing and for mentoring KC as the co-chair. The way in which you and KC were able to weave the stories of adults, young people and carers into the conference made Voices Calling for Action a reality. Their messages were honest, courageous and at times emotional. Thank you for the panel preparation you facilitated with the Commissioners and the young delegates. You ensured everyone was heard and key actions for the future were articulated.” – 11th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Voices calling for Action. Gold Coast 2007
“Thank you for a brilliant job!” – Foster Care Association of Victoria Inc. 2007
“Can I just say again, thank you so much for your participation on Thursday night! All day Friday, students were coming up to me saying that the Forum was fantastic, in particular that you were amazing! I think that the audience got a lot out of it, and left wanting more, which is a big achievement when talking about Indigenous health! The big factor in the night’s success was your direction and facilitation, be warned I think you shall be recieving some emails from students in the future!” – Ineke Wever, Health Equality in 25 Years Indigenous Health Forum. University of Sydney 2007
“I want to thank you for the fantastic job you did as our MC with a combination of fantastic energy, a very ‘rural’ sense of humour, and a deep understanding of the community services and health sectors.” – 9th National Rural Health Conference. Albury 2007
“It was a pleasure to work with you and your energy and passion for the subject were fantastic!” – National E-Health Transition Authority Conference 2007
“Thank you for assisting to make the evening such a success. Your enthusiasm, humour and incisiveness helped to make it both a fun and informative evening.” – Australian Public Service Commission, “Lifting and Raising the Bar: A Celebration to Commemorate the Lifting of the Marriage Bar” November 2006
“Thankyou so much for your great work on the launch of Mental Health Week 2006. You were a truly wonderful MC and we’ve had so much great feedback about your entertaining and informative performance. We believe this year’s launch was our best ever and we would like to thank you for your part in that success.” – Mental Health Association, NSW
“Thank you for your outstanding contribution to the success of the ARACY Communities for Children conference. A key factor in the success of the conference was your energy, enthusiasm and special insight into the content of the day’s proceedings.” – Professor Fiona Stanley AC, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth 2006
“Many thanks Julie, it was a great night and as usual you did a marvellous job.” – Baxter 2006 NSW Health Awards
“Thank you again for such a wonderful performance, keeping the event running to schedule and all the extras you added to make the lunch a wonderful success. I have had nothing but positive comments and it would not have been the success that is was without you.” – Council on the Ageing (NSW) Golden Jubilee Luncheon, Sydney Town Hall 2006
“On behalf of the Women in Engineering Program and the Faculty of Engineering at UTS, I would like to thank you very much for doing such a great job as MC last week. With your background and finesse all the guest speakers were at ease and able to respond carefully and with enthusiasm to your questions. The alumni were also engaging and we have had much appreciation communicated about your style and approach.” – Women in Engineering 25th Anniversary Dinner 2006
“Excellent. We provided Julie with a script and she worked magic with it. She was a pleasure to work with and our event was a great succes. She was able to draw out the important points and contributed greatly to our success.” – Australian Business Excellence Awards 2006
“Thank you for helping to make our event a tremendous success. You were brilliant!” – Executive Central, May 2006
“Thank you for the SUPERB job you did last Thursday night- your presence, and quick thinking humour, as well as efficiency MADE the night. So many people have raved about how much they enjoyed the night, citing your compering as a highlight – so, ABUNDANT THANKS!” – Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation, March 2006
“Your professionalism, warmth, humour and understanding of the human spirit, added a dimension to the evening.” – 4th Annual Australian Dance Awards
“You were fantastic and made our job very easy.” – National Youth Media Awards
“Your fun approach made for a really relaxed and enjoyable evening – and it was great you spontaneously involved the kids!!” – The Cancer Council of NSW
“I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your passionate and professional contribution as MC.” Mercy Foundation, Four Sisters One Passion Gala Dinner 2005
“You performed a tremendous role at our rally.” Friends of the ABC.
“The Awards were enhanced by your humour, insight and quick thinking.” – Justice Awards. Law Foundation of NSW
“Your enthusiasm and energy inspired delegates.” – Dementia Symposium Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
“Your involvement was absolutely critical in setting the tone and holding the whole night together.” – Communications Law Centre
“A fabulous job. You are a great pleasure to work with.” – Centre for Continuing Education. University of Sydney.
“Thank you for your superb contribution as our MC.” – Randwick City Council