Ballarat Regional Directors

We are delighted to announce, replacing Debbie Marshall in the role of Ballarat Regional Director will be two local stalwarts


Both have a long history with this Regional Branch and to quote Debbie, "I know they have the skills, passion and desire to truly engage the Ballarat community with the best in Australian children's literature."


Loretta Kaval has recently retired as Head of Library (Damascus College).
She has been

  • one of our Clayton's judges at Ballarat on many occasions and across all the different categories
  • the instigator behind our Bibliotherapy meetings group, and
  • helped out enthusiastically on numerous other local events.

Loretta is an avid reader of all literature, has a maths/science teaching background as well as interests in public speaking and debating.   

Ruth Oppenheim has worked for many years at the local educational book store (formerly known as Ballarat Books, now part of the Campion Press organisation). 
She has

  • enthusiastically shared her wealth of knowledge about children's literature as she visited schools throughout the region
  • been one of our Clayton's judges at Ballarat on many occasions and across many different categories, as well as a judge at Melbourne's Clayton's Night

Her workplace has proudly supported Ballarat CBCA events for a very long time and CBCA VIC Branch thanks them for their support. 

Debbie Marshall

after many years serving the Ballarat community has resigned her position as Regional Director. 
CBCA VIC Branch will miss Debbie.  She has been Regional Director since 2011 and an elected member of committee for almost as many years.

We take this opportunity to thank her for all her contributions over the past 10 years and wish her well in the future.



Past events

2020 - COVID-19 interupted year, no events

2019 CBCA Ballarat Judges' Talk

Once again, CBCA Vic Members and non-members heard from three of the Victorian 2019 CBCA BOTY Awards Judges

  • Mandy Cooper (Early Childhood), from Gallery for a Day

  • Jo Panckridge (Picture Books), Teacher Librarian

  • Brook Tayla (Eve Pownall Award), Librarian & Children's Literature Review Blogger