An executive once said “Hiring good people is the single most important thing a manager can do.” Good people are always hard to recruit and even harder to replace. So when you have one of your “good people” feel like their season of service, occupation, and ministry at Lakeside has come to an end, it is always hard.
Steve Bezant, our Recreation Centre Manager, is one of those “good people”. After lots of thought, prayer, and reflection, Steve has formally resigned from this position and will be finishing at Lakeside in an official capacity on Friday 24th July. Steve has accepted a position as Head of Health and Physical Education at Swan View SHS. As you know, Steve is passionate about teaching and positively influencing the next generation.
Steve started at Lakeside in 2013 as the Director of the Lakeside Lightning and then became the Recreation Centre Manager in 2015. Over the past seven years, Steve has done an incredible job in both the Recreation Centre and the Lightning; both areas are in significantly healthier positions than when he started. This is a credit to his work ethic and his leadership. Steve was instrumental in helping the Lightning transition beyond the Andy Stewart era, making the Lightning one of the most competitive and professionally run SBL & WABL Clubs in the state. Under Steve’s leadership of the Rec Centre, we also saw our programs grow to the point of having to run competitions at Kennedy Baptist College.
Steve has been a pleasure to work with; he is highly competent and committed to the mission of Lakeside. Steve, his wife Laura, and his children have embodied what it means to do Life at Lakeside, living and embracing our mission and values, fully invested in the life of the Church, Rec, and Lightning Communities. I want to thank Steve for his time here at Lakeside, and for the positive impact his leadership has made over the past seven years. We also wish him the very best in his new position at Swan View SHS.
While Steve is stepping down as the Recreation Centre Manager, he will continue to be involved here at Lakeside. Steve will continue in his coaching role as WSBL Head Coach; he will also have an advisory role on the Lightning Leadership Team. Along with this, Steve and his family will continue to attend Lakeside Baptist Church, serving in different ways.
Again we thank Steve for his leadership over the past seven years.
Moving forward, the Lakeside Management Team will start the process of appointing a new Recreation Centre Manager. During this time of transition, we have appointed Matt Plenty as Acting Recreation Centre Manager. Matt is highly capable, and with the other Senior Rec Centre Staff will continue to ensure that Lakeside runs quality recreation programs in line with our missional objectives.
Rev. Anthony Palmieri