After 20 years in Education, Counselling and Development roles in Tasmania I discovered the Neighbourhood House sector when I moved to Victoria and became a Coordinator in 2004. I saw the amazing impact the sector had on the lives of individuals, as well as across whole communities, and I became a major fan of Houses and the incredible work they do.
I moved into a State government position to lead the Neighbourhood House portfolio and worked with a variety of government and community sector partners, continually advocating for the Neighbourhood House sector as critical social infrastructure in our communities.
During the past 15 years in government I have retained my connection to the sector and my commitment to Community Development. No matter what position I have held when asked what I do, I have always responded by saying, “I work for the community…. and I just happen to be doing that in the role I am in at the moment”. I am delighted to continue working for the community, and in particular Neighbourhood Houses, in my new role as Chair of the Neighbourhood Houses Barwon Network.
Secretary- Sandra Anderson
Norlane Community Centre
I have been involved with Norlane Community Centre for 35 years since it opened in 1986.
Norlane Community Centre changed from being a Committee of Management to become a Board of Management. This has been an exciting but adoring era. My positions have varied from Committee Member to Secretary to Chairperson and then back to Secretary of The Board of Management. Which is currently my job title.
I also joined the Neighbourhood Houses Barwon (Formerly the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres) Committee on Monday 12th August 1997. I have enjoyed my position as Secretary and seen a great deal of changes to the Committee and specifically the Networkers that have 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 Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (Previously the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres) Board of Management for 6 years. After being a Board Member for 2 years I was elected on to 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.
I have a passion for people and all communities. I am looking forward to an ecstatic year working with Deb Kearney as our new Chairperson and all the other Neighbourhood Houses Barwon Executive Committee members in 2022.
Queenscliff Neighbourhood House
I have been a member of Queenscliff Neighbourhood House for 6 years and have been on the Executive for 3 years as Secretary. I actively participate in a broad range of wellbeing and arts programmes on offer at QNH. My professional career has been in the field of Education specializing in Early Childhood -birth to eight.
Teacher and Play based therapist(trauma)
Pedagogical consultant and Education management
General manager - Children’s Services, Victoria- not for profit
Consultant/ mentor, supporting educators and managers to provide and develop best practice protocols across all domains of early childhood care and education settings.
My areas of interest
Social and community development (focus on accessibility)
Employee health and well being- with a focus on role satisfaction and staff retention
I am looking forward to working with the Executive in 2022.
Leoplold Community & Learning Centre
Alan Davis works as a Senior Education Improvement Leader in the Barwon Area of the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Alan has been in this role since 2014.Prior to this appointment Alan worked as a secondary school principal in Geelong, inner Melbourne and Internationally. Alan worked in Maldives as an Education Consultant for AusAID during the Tsunami Recovery period and spent 2 years working in school improvement in Qatar as an Education Consultant to the Supreme Education Council, and worked as a school reviewer in Istanbul, Cairo, Muscat, Bahrain, Riyadh, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Alan's currently a Ministerial Appointment to the ACFE Council for South West Victoria, and a member of the management committee of the inaugural P-TECH (pathways to technology) Program, and a current member of the Geelong Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) Board of Directors since 2014. He is currently President of Leopold Community & Learning Centre Inc.
Alan has previous experience on the Board of Directors, Australian Volunteers International; a committee member of the Moonee Valley LLEN; and a member of the Committee of Management of the River Nile Learning Centre Inc. He has a strong commitment to social justice and community development.
Alan is a Member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders, and an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. Alan was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his community work in Maldives in 2005 and the Public Service Medal in 2006 for his contribution to secondary education in Victoria and educational recovery in Maldives after the Tsunami.
Committee Member - Jodie Flood
Rosewall Community Centre
Developing digital strategy and capacity building at an academic library in Mongolia was my entry into the development sector in 2010 and it sparked a fire that – via projects, volunteering, and study - led me to Neighbourhood Houses and to my role as Manager at Rosewall Community Centre. Prior to Rosewall, I spent 15 years’ working in public libraries where I wore many different hats and developed a broad cross-section of skills. In the course of a day, I would go from developing strategies to wearing a dinosaur costume to promote reading to children. The diversity of experiences prepared me well for the wide range of skills required to manage a Neighbourhood House. A newcomer to Neighbourhood Houses in 2021, I am delighted to join a network that values creativity, resourcefulness, and a determination to create meaningful outcomes for individuals and communities.
Committee Member - Chris James
Bellarine Training and Community Hub
Much of my career over the past twenty years has been spent within the education, employment and training sectors in Melbourne, Sydney, Europe and for over ten years in regional Victoria.
I have extensive operational management experience over a variety of industries within the profit and not for profit sectors and am a strong believer in empowering the people you work with and making a real difference to the community you serve. My background has been heavily involved in team development, strategic business growth, change management and financial management.
I have a real passion for education, the community, youth based programs and disability services. Having only recently entered the network and am very excited with the possibilities ahead and the opportunities to work with a network that really appreciates and invests back in the community in which they work.
Committee Member- Jodie Anderson
Vines Road Neighbourhood House
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Committee Member - Julie Martin
Anglesea Community House
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Committee Member- Lisa Young
Geelong West Neighbourhood House
My introduction into the Neighbourhood House sector was in 1998 as a student of Community Development and my passion for this uniquely diverse sector was born. I managed a Neighbourhood House in Box Hill for 12 years before making a move to Geelong and lucky enough to take on the role as the first funded coordinator at Geelong West Neighbourhood House. I also have a background in Housing and Homelessness, which I believe has given me a great perspective into disadvantaged communities. I have previously held positions on Network and Peak Body committees and having an interest in finding ways to support and connect houses to work together for their communities.