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West Moonah Community House Board

Our Constitution

OUR VISION:   A place to come together in unity to share, learn and grow.

OUR MISSION:   The Mission is to provide a vibrant, flexible, inclusive and safe environment, where people come to access the support and resources to meet their social, information,education and cultural needs and aspirations.

Our 2017 -  2018 Board Members           

Chairperson
Karen Forster

Karen is a widow with three married children and seven grandchildren. She has lived in the Glenorchy City area her entire life (except for a brief period from 2012-2014) so is familiar with the community and its needs. Karen is employed in the Tasmanian Health Service and leads a team of health promotion professionals who work across the state. Karen has acted as State Manager for Cancer Screening & Control Services over several periods, including an 18 month period from 2010 to early 2012. From early 2012 to late 2014 Karen was the Manager for the Northern Territory Cancer Screening Services where she was responsible for the rollout of specialised services to very remote aboriginal services. In both positions Karen was responsible for large numbers of staff and multi million dollar budgets.

Karen has previously been the State President of the Tasmanian Breast Cancer Network, the State Representative for Breast Cancer Network Australia, as a  Board Member of the Cancer Council Tasmania for 6 years and a National Board Member of Cancer Voices Australia. Karen has been extensively involved in health advocacy issues and is passionate about equality of access for all to public and community services.

Karen has also previously been a Meals on Wheels volunteer and a volunteer for the National Trust (Tasmania).

 

Vice Chair
Danielle Beer

Danielle has joined the WMCH recently, and is looking forward in joining the board as the Vice Chair.

She has been involved with Community Houses in    Tasmania for many years as both volunteer and participant.

Returning recently to Tasmania after spending a few years working around Australia with refugees, Danielle now works as a support worker with children and is  currently studying her Diploma in Community Services and Bachelor in Public Policy.

She is looking forward to being involved with the WM Community House Board and exciting upcoming events.

 


Treasurer
Fiona O'Keefe

Fiona has lived in the West Moonah area for many years with her husband and three children. Her children attended ladybird at WMCH and her youngest enjoyed   playgroup there. 

With a major in accounting and business management, Fiona worked in a large    accounting firm in the city followed by a role as the finance controller at a not for profit organisation. 

 After the birth of her third child she started her own business as a jewellery designer and branched out into teaching jewellery and craft classes in the Moonah area. This led to her current work at the West Moonah Community House facilitating after school programs and school holiday creative workshops. Accounting and commerce may be her background but being creative is her passion. 

 Fiona is a keen veggie gardener and looks forward to being involved in the  community garden as well as her role on the board.

 

Secretary
Shannon Thomas

I am very excited to be joining the West Moonah Community House Board.

My husband and I currently run our own business in Moonah and our two boys go to a local Catholic School in Lenah Valley.

We are both very involved in our school community and I thought a natural     progression is to extend this to the local community.  I have an extensive history of volunteering and take great pride in helping others.

I first dipped my toes into the Community House with the First Choice Food Co-Op and order a veggie box every week.

My boys have also participated in the Hip Hop Classes and will also be doing the Cooking Classes in September.

I will also be assisting with the Food Co-Op’s Halloween Disco and Twilight Fair later this year.

I believe this Community House offers so much for our local families and it really excites me that I can play a major part in this. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next 12 months!

 

 

Board Member
Maureen Carter


I first came to the community house in 2005 to participate in a folk art class, and became a board member in2011

Serving one term as an ordinary board member, one year as vice-chair and three terms as secretary.

I was awarded life membership in 2014, which came as a great surprise and a remarkable honour.

I volunteer at the house with the community pantry,  eating with friends and the food co-op.

Volunteering at the house is important to me, gives me great pleasure,      meeting a wide variety of people and my reward for this is seeing their happy faces during our time together.

I am currently participating in a quilting class at the house.

 

 

 

 

 Board Member
Jo Matthews

I have lived in West Moonah for about 5 years. My husband and I (partly) own our home here. We love this part of the world for its gentle lifestyle, its progressive social values and the strong sense of family and community spirit.

I enjoy my garden, my two little dogs Frankie & Millie, music, cooking, reading and the arts.

I'm a Tasmanian girl who grew up on the North West Coast, with three sisters. My Mum is a retired school teacher and my Dad is an aging tradie who'll probably   never stop working but just fall off his ladder one day!

I'm a musician (pianist/singer), former lawyer and a chef. I've also owned my own restaurant and been a political advisor and campaign manager. I've worked professionally in those areas in Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne... but like all good Tasmanians I saw the light and came home!

I have one daughter (aged 21) and spent many years as a single working mother to give my daughter the best education  and upbringing I possibly could - that's why I moved back here from interstate, so that my daughter could benefit from the support that a strong sense of community can provide.

I currently work 4 days per week at MONA and the rest of the time I am the Campaign Manager for Tim Cox - Labor Candidate for Denison at the next election.

 

 

 Board Member
Simon Fraser

I’m a 4th generation Tasmanian, born and raised in the East Coast communities of St Helens and Scamander. I completed my trade as a Carpenter/Joiner after which I left the state for a period to work in an indigenous community in the Northern Territory.

After returning to the state, marrying and becoming a father in my early 20’s I  decided to study at the University of Tasmania graduating with a Bachelor of    Business and a Bachelor of Information Systems (hons) in 2004. I have also since completed my Masters in Training and Development. Since graduating I have lived and worked in Singapore and Queensland before returning to the state 4 years ago so my wife could take up a position with Dominic College here in Glenorchy.

For the past decade my work has focussed on adult education both vocational, tertiary and corporate including roles with an international college in Brisbane, a multi- national company in Weipa FNQ and for the past 3.5 years and as an      associate lecturer in the University’s pre-degree program.

I’ve been a resident (at different times) of the Glenorchy municipality for  approximately a decade and I’m familiar with many of the local issues and concerns as well as the changes in our demographic over the past decade.

I’m fortunate to have reached a stage in life where I have more freedom outside the 9 to 5 work routine to become more involved in my local community including volunteering as a Shed Supervisor in our Community Shed and as a Literacy Tutor in the Government’s 26ten project.

I sincerely believe in the importance of giving back to our community when we have the opportunity and I am confident that the skills and knowledge I have   developed through my work and life experience can add some value to the West Moonah Community House.

Our Community House does amazing work in our local community, providing vital support services for our residents and I would be honoured to become one of your new board members.

 

 

Board Member
Sarah Walker

A freelance professional photographer and mother of 3 currently in full time study to complete a diploma in Visual Arts. My professional work is driven by my desire to help women in our community feel beautiful and confident and worthy of being photographed.

Throughout my time as a mother, I have volunteered as a breastfeeding   counsellor in my community, been an active parent volunteer at our local school, I volunteer my skills as a photographer to the local home education groups and teach/mentor home educated children photography, and I have run market stalls with the local home education groups – teaching the children crafts and how to sell/market their products.

On top of this, I take on voluntary projects such as portraits for Small Steps and foster access parenting courses and I intend on registering as a Heartfelt photographer once my working with vulnerable people card comes through.

I have 3 children, my eldest is 13, and youngest 4. My 4 year old is in his 2nd year of attending the West Moonah Community Preschool and I think that it’s the best preschool in Hobart. Our family is from NZ and we have called Hobart home for the past 7 years.

I want to join the board of the West Moonah Community House because I am convinced that raising a good healthy community starts at the grassroots. I believe that West Moonah Community House is an innovative and progressive multicultural community house, and I want to be part of a positive              organisation that cares about making a difference to the local community.

 


   

 


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West Moonah
Community House


130 Springfield Ave
West Moonah
Tasmanian 7009
    
               Phone: (03) 6273 2362
            
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Monday to Friday
8am to 3pm
Community Pantry
Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm

West Moonah Community House
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Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania



Many thanks to our wonderful supporters

     

  
 

 

Razor Sharp Sharpening Service
Andrew Wilkie MP
Scott Bacon MP
Elise Archer MP
Josh Willie MLC
Matthew Groom MP
Cassy O'Connor MP
Madeleine Ogilvie MP
Future 2
Hobart City Council
Tasmanian Community Fund
Glenorchy Community Fund
Department of State Growth
Tasmanian Mens Shed
Department of Education
Community Support Levey
Dobson Mitchell Allport
Calvery Health Care
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