I have a background in disability services and first worked in this sector in Winchelsea starting as an Adult Ed Worker in the mid ‘80s. I progressed through a variety of roles including Adult Ed., Community Support and Coordinator in my eleven years there. I was also on the committee of the Anglesea House (including terms as Sec and Pres) and the Barwon Network. This gave me a healthy perspective on the difference between governance and operational roles.
Following more than a decade in local government I returned to the NH sector in 2010 as Manager at Grovedale Neighbourhood House. This followed a range of governance failures that saw CoGG agree to auspice the house. I was charged with rebuilding community confidence and activity at the house and this growth was demonstrated in the annual survey. In Oct 2015 I resigned to allow new energy and enthusiasm to leverage the great new facilities available following the redevelopment as a Community Hub. I continue to participate in programs there and volunteer on a regular basis.
My Skills and Interests:
Governance. Particularly exploring new governance models that support the diversity of Houses. I question whether the one size fits all approach serves all communities all the time and believe we should explore and support approaches that are flexible enough to take account of local circumstances at a given time.
I am excited by systemic change, rather than one off or ad hoc approaches. Whether its development of systems and processes that support good governance or the change that serves individuals and Houses I tend to be on the lookout for long term approaches.
I am a bit of a stickler for process, within the framework that good process must serve its intention and is not an end in itself.
Secretary - Sandra Anderson
I have been involved with Norlane Community Centre for 30 years since it opened in 1986. Over this period of time I have seen quite a great deal of changes. Things such as the Norlane Community Centre have changed from being a Committee of Management to become a Board of Management. Co-Ordinator’s have changed. Even the title is now Manager. This has been an exciting but adoring era. My positions have varied from Committee Member to Secretary to Chairperson and then back to Secretary. Which is currently my job title.
I also joined the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres Committee on Monday 12 August 1997. I have enjoyed my position as Secretary and seen a great deal of changes to the Committee and specifically the Networkers that been employed by us. Changes have continued to be exhilarating and stimulating to us as Committee members.
One of my dynamic periods was being on the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres. (ANHLC, now known as Neighbourhood Houses Victorian, NHV) Board of Management for 6 years. After being a Board Member for 2 years I was elected on the Executive as Treasurer and spent 4 stimulating years increasing my knowledge and awareness of funds, grants, assets and resources. Being on this Board was both captivating and educational. This has assisted me to be the person I am today.
Treasurer - Wendy Greaves
Coordinator Winchelsea Neighbourhood House
I was appointed to the role of Treasurer of the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres at their Annual General Meeting 2015 and am delighted to be able to contribute my skills and experience in this role. During my first year as Treasurer we have made a number of changes and efficiencies in the finance area. I look forward to being able to continue to review and implement a more structured system for accurately recording and reporting the financial information for the network.
I am currently the Manager at Winchelsea Community House and have been in this role since July 2012. At the Community House I am responsible for a number of functions including Community Engagement and the effective running of the house which offers Occasional Childcare, Adult Education (ACFE Provider) and a wide range of lifestyle opportunities. I also play an important role in monitoring and reviewing the financial information for our organisation. We prepare monthly financial reports for our Committee of Management and also report against our annual budget.
I have a Bachelor of Business Degree from Ballarat College of Advanced Education and am a qualified Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). I commenced my career with National Australia Bank and worked in various Melbourne Head Office roles before moving back to Geelong.
My current position is the first time I have worked in the Neighbourhood House Sector but as I had previously been involved in the not for profit sector it was easy to adapt.
My strengths and skills are in the area of Management and Accounting.
Committee Member - Jodii Anderson
Member – Marrar Woorn Apollo Bay Neighbourhood House
Bio to be updated.
Committee Member - Deb Humphreys
Manager - Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre
My background is eclectic having started working life as a Graphic Designer, then teaching at TAFE, RMIT and working overseas in Swaziland, Africa for 6 years where I taught at Waterford Kamhlaba a school set up by the ANC party (Nelson Mandela). I have followed my adventurous husband around the world as he pursues his passions and interests.
After returning from Africa with two young children I worked briefly with Victoria Police in their media unit, then moved to Nimbin with my family to try intentional community and permaculture!
Took on that challenge for 6 years, while working and studying Social Sciences and moved to outback Qld Charleville where I worked for Lifeline as community development worker on problem gambling covering an area about the size of Victoria.
After Charleville we moved to Geelong where I have been for last 15 years (with interlude back to Africa - Malawi as Australian Volunteers International as Communication & Training officer with Concern Universal a not for profit NGO). In Geelong I’ve worked in Neighbourhood Renewal in Colac, then established the Family Centre at Goldsworthy Road, then at Bellarine Community health as community participation and engagement officer in health promotion unit, including consultancy work on community engagement and facilitation. Later I took on second part-tine job with the CFA as Fire Ready community Education after black Saturday which lead to a four year research project on developing Fire Conversation with communities in the Otways. This was followed by a Masters by research on how people plan and prepare for bushfire with Deakin Uni. After returning to Geelong from Malawi I worked at Northern Geelong Rental Housing co-op as their tennant engagement officer until landing at Rosewall where I have been the coordinator for the last two years.
I love gardening, cooking, pottery and people are endlessly fascinating and challenging while I hope to help them realise their hopes, dream and capacities.
Committee Member - Ursula Irwin
Member - Vines Road Community Centre.
My career has its roots in hospitality and catering management where I learned everything I know about running a business, making decisions, managing money and people. I worked my 20’s away as a catering coordinator and manager inside of two not for profit entities. Reskilling in Cert IV Accounting in the first half of 2013, I succeeded in gaining a bookkeeping position at Vines Road Community Centre in the second half of that year. In March of 2017 after a time of performing the interim manager’s role, I had the opportunity to become permanent in the Neighbourhood House Coordinator’s role and was successful.
In late 2017, I was granted the opportunity by my committee to reskill again and am chipping away at a Diploma in Community Development which will be complete in early 2019.
My Skills and Interests:
Resourceful: I have the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.
Law: I have a good brain for all things legal and am very good at taking large amounts of information in and making sense of it.
Learning: I am excited by learning new skills or developing my existing skills and particularly enthusiastic about putting my new community development knowledge into practise with the Barwon Network.
Committee Member - Jenny Speed
I started my working life in the Insurance sector which saw me work in Melbourne and eventually Geelong. After travelling overseas for a couple of months I returned home with the knowledge that Geelong is a fabulous place to live, being close to Melbourne, the beaches an bushland. I found myself working in administration in a pathology business for the next 8 years.
Raising my children became a priority for the next 15 years where volunteering for a number of educational, sporting and NFP’s became a part of family life. In these various organisations I have held the role of President, Treasurer, Secretary and General member at differing times. This is where I found an interest in Good Governance and continued to learn as much as I can.
In 2006 I became involved in Community Renewal – Whittington as a volunteer and in 2011 took on the paid role of Senior Admin Officer coordinating the FlameFest community festival. This role lead to 8 years of working for the City of Greater Geelong in the Community Development Unit in a variety or roles with community development principles at its core. I have recently joined Give Where You Live Foundation as Community Impact and Grants Coordinator.
For the past 4 years I have been on the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre Committee of Management(Whittington), holding the position of President for the past 3 and a half years and most recently joining the Neighbourhood House Barwon Committee as a general member.
My Skills and Interests:
Community Development and Engagement
Social justice in particular in 3219 and the Greater Geelong region.
Committee Member - Karen Williams
Member - Bellarine Living & Learning Centre
Karen Williams is the Manager of Bellarine Living & Learning Centre. Karen’s qualifications include a Bachelor Business(Acc), Grad Dip Ed (Sec), Grad Cert Careers Training & Development, TAE and Dip Community Development.
With 20 years’ experience working within the Not For Profit sector, Karen has a professional interest in lifelong learning, community development and change management.