Where are they now - Paul McKee (SPC 1992-97)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College reconnects with Paul McKee (SPC 1992-97), pictured above with his family, who had a great time recently returning to St Patrick’s College for his Class of 1997 20-Year Reunion, looking as young as the day he left.
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
Time has certainly flown and I can't believe it's been 20 years. After finishing at SPC, I attended university at Ballarat University (now Federation Uni) and worked locally at IBM before joining the State Revenue Office. My role at the SRO in the administration of State Taxes later took me to live and work in Melbourne, where I am currently Branch Manager of Customer Service and Debt Management, leading 40 staff. In recent years, I have led a significant project called Duties Online to digitise the assessment and payment of stamp duty. Along the way, I have enjoyed a bit of overseas travel and meeting my wife Sharee. We later moved to Geelong, where we have renovated our house and are raising our three boys - Finn, Jack and Gus.
What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
As a student at SPC, sport was always a big passion for me and representing the SPC 1st XI in a cricket premiership, and a football 1st XVIII premiership were good memories. I was always very aware of the great history and tradition of St Patrick’s with my father Adrian, uncles Michael and Dale, along with brother Rian attending SPC, and I believe this was a great motivator to succeed in sport and also academically.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
In the early years, Mr Kelvin Porter, and later years Mr Peter Farley, Mr Peter Gutteridge and Br Brian Davis all set high standards. Again being fairly sport orientated, Gerard Ryan, Brett Anderson and Damian McKee were always great mentors.
What was your favourite college event?
While I was never part of the rowing crew, Boatrace Mass and then Boatrace day and the endless chants of 'War Cry St Pat’s 1,2...' It was always a highlight and there was always great school spirit shown.
How has your education at SPC shaped your professional life?
I think my time at St Patrick’s taught me many transferable skills to my working and family life today. Accountability, integrity, values, responsiveness and most importantly leadership.
How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
Similar to above and I think SPC also taught me some great life and social skills which has allowed me to always interact and value relationships with family and also friends from all walks of life across work, sports clubs, and socially.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
Make sure you enjoy your time at SPC as it will go fast. Importantly there is a lesson to be learned from every experience that will serve you well as you progress.