‘I’ll never die wondering’
IT’D probably be easier to make a list of what Vin Gannon hasn’t done in his working career, but the Gorae identity is branching out yet again while staying very close to home.
Mr Gannon recently called time on a seven-year stint as general manager of operations at Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, and while he won’t be leaving the organisation entirely, he’s stepping back to focus on a range of other interests.
Some are linked to what he will be doing as a family therapist at Winda-Mara, but in his true style, he’s also shooting off in other directions.
His story – which includes key roles in a couple of the biggest local issues in recent years – goes back to the Mornington Peninsula, where he was born the eldest of seven children.
It included five years of primary school education at Port Fairy, where his father Phil ran the Port Fairy Gazette newspaper.
After failing Year 12, he got a job at a poultry farm at Somerville, before his first career changes which saw him working in more mechanical roles in factories.
“For something completely different I then decided to join the police force,” Mr Gannon said.
That was in 1982, and he initially headed back to the South West to his training station at Warrnambool before joining the community policing squad at Russell St in Melbourne working with families and children – a role he would return to in another setting years later.