Nick Christou

For the past three decades, Nick Christou has been an active and successful business owner in the fields of horticulture, international trade and hospitality. From his humble beginnings on a small family farm in Werribee South, Nick has since developed his businesses and skillsets across the broad spectrum of local, national and international markets, leaving him with a wealth of expertise and business acumen to draw from.

Aside from being the founder and owner of The Park Hotel in Werribee, Nick is also an active member of the Werribee chamber of commerce and the Wyndham Tourism Association, as well as, a sitting member on two strategic framework committees, both focused on continued development within Wyndham.

"I look forward to being involved with the Committee for Wyndham, an organisation that is proactive in changing our landscape for the future benefit of all stakeholders."

The Parl

The Park Hotel
Located in the heart of Werribee's CBD, on the corner of Watton Street and Station Place, this sprawling hotel has been transformed into an Artisan Eatery and Craft Beer Hall, where everything on the menu is locally sourced and prepared fresh daily. The Park hotel has a craft beer range of over 400 local and international bottled beers and ciders, 20 rotating taps, 1 hand pump and a recently introduced nitro tap.

In 2013 the Park Hotel was awarded with the following accolades: Beer & Brewer: Australia's Best Beer List, Wyndham City's Awards For Excellence: Best New & Emerging Business, AHA Finalist in the National Awards for Excellence: Best Redeveloped Hotel, and recently the Herald Sun's Top 25 Pubs Melbourne.

The Park Hotel has an industrial urban chic design with a capacity for private functions of up to 100 people, as well as a large 200 person outdoor beer garden that is the perfect place to relax and unwind. So if you are looking for a social dinner, a night out with friends, a central location to celebrate your special event, or just a great place to enjoy a meal and a drink, the Park hotel is a must.

Open: Wed – Sunday 12pm to late, (Open 7 days from July 7th) The Park Hotel is Wyndham City's foremost social playground.

Nicole Lake

Nicole LakeNicole is research scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (currently finishing a PhD through the University of Melbourne), in the Royal Children’s Hospital, where she works on finding the genetic causes of mitochondrial disease. She is passionate about research that helps us understand how genetics influences health and disease. Nicole is a proud Rotarian, and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park since 2010. She is also a keen Geelong supporter - go Cats!

Michael Lapiña

Michael LapinaMichael Lapiña began his professional career performing in musicals and touring extensively in Australia and Asia as a dancer and singer with Walt Disney Special Events Group. 

On the opera and operetta stage, his early engagements included the role of Dick Deadeye in HMS PinaforeLeonard May in Yeoman Of The Guard, the lead tenor role of Nanki Poo in The Mikado and Strephon in Iolanthe all for Savoy Opera Company and Yussaf in Rose Of Persia for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society Of Victoria.

His appearances for Melbourne Opera have included singing the role of Beppe in I Pagliacci during 2010 and singing the title role in Gounod’s Faust, during 2011.

His other recent operatic engagements include the role of Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth for Heidelberg Choral Society and, during 2011, roles in Melbourne Lyric Opera’s double-bill of La Verbena de la Paloma and Los Bohemios and The Emperor in Puccini’s Turandot for Monash University.

On the concert platform, Michael Lapiña makes regular solo appearances in concerts for Rotary International, he has been guest soloist in concerts with the Philippine Male Choir in Bacoor, in the Philippines and has appeared in opera concerts for the Monash Chorale and, most recently during 2010 and 2011, performances of the Verdi Requiem and Puccini’s Messa da Requiem with the Camberwell Chorale and an extended series of opera concerts in major cities throughout China.

Lauryn Mark

Lauryn-MarkLauryn Mark is an Olympic Women's Skeet shooter from Australia. She finished fourth in Women's Skeet in the 2004 Summer Olympics and won three gold medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 1999, she became the youngest competitor ever to win the United States Open Women’s Skeet Championship. In 2003, she won the Silver Medal at the World Cup Final in Rome in the Women's Skeet event. In 2004, she married the Australian Olympian Russell Mark.

Mark has eight Australian National Women's Skeet Championships to her name. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in 15th place.

Lauryn has participated in the Fun Run since it began and enjoys having her family participate with her.