Committee of Management

ESNLC activity is supported by group of representatives from the local community, who provide governance through overseeing the organisation’s performance.  The key roles are to develop and monitor strategic planning, associated policies and financial matters.  There are currently vacancies on the Committee of Management (COM), which meets ten times a year.  If you live or work in the City of Port Phillip and would like to share your skills and experience for the benefit the organisation, we would love to hear from you.  The first step is to apply for ESNLC membership, which is available at $1 per annum.

CHAIR    Jane Touzeau

I have lived in Elwood for 32 years, and was in South Melbourne for several years before then.  My involvement in the Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre started with attending the opening afternoon tea just after moving in, and I was later involved with a group of other Mums in starting a pre-school music group which continued happily until the children started school.  My association with the Centre continued as a member of the Elwood Primary School After School Care Committee, in the early days of that being held at the Centre.

I have qualifications in Community Development and Adult Education and have taught community development and welfare modules and adult literacy at the Centre. I was elected to City of Port Phillip Council in 2008 and in that role am very much enjoying connecting and re-connecting with community members, community groups and local organisations.

TREASURER   Stella Hughes


Stella first came to the house in 2012 when she became a member of the Elwood Toy Library.  She joined the ESNLC committee in June 2013 and became Treasurer later that year.  She enjoys being part of an organisation where the focus is making positive impacts on people’s lives, through personal and community development.  Her professional background is in financial systems with 20 years of experience in accounting and analytical roles.

Stella has a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, and Graduate Diplomas in Information Systems and Psychology.  She is currently completing her CPA.

SECRETARY Lynne Wittner

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I have been actively involved in community activities for a number of years as I see the importance of the local community being the focus point for many people to assist with creating networks and relationships that help to enhance our society. Apart from my involvement with ESNLC I am currently the membership secretary for Poets Garden. The establishment of the garden has enabled me to combine my hobby of gardening and my commitment to community involvement.

Prior to this I lived in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and in rural areas of Victoria. I have always had an interest in being part of the local community so over the years I have been involved in a variety of community activities including drama groups, sporting clubs, student exchange programs. This also included as an adjunct to my  Welfare Studies I was involved in the establishment of a Neighborhood House in rural Victoria, unfortunately the changing demography has meant that this place no longer exists.

After my son was born I became actively involved in the local community Child Care Centre, the kindergarten committee and the Scouting Organisation.

I am also a trained teacher currently work in Special Education. My current teaching role has a strong focus on preparing our students for a productive life post-school and operates its own Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) as part of the Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning (VCAL). The school has a  focus on the  importance of  being involved in the community and there are many links to community groups so it is not surprising that I enjoy both my work and involvement at ESNLC.

Penny Digaletos

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I have been involved with the ESNLC for 24 years teaching yoga. I didn’t realize it was this long until a student reminded me that that’s how long she’s been coming to class. I’ve been on the committee for about 22 years.

What I love about the house is the diversity of students/people that use the centre; people that perhaps may not feel so comfortable and welcome in many other places. This makes it a true centre for the whole community.

I work at the Queen Victoria Market in retail and teach yoga at the Gita International School of Yoga in Abbotsford.

Cate Newman

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I’ve been a proud and supportive member of the Elwood & St Kilda community since the early days at Elwood Primary and Elwood Secondary College. I’ve seen the changes and been part of this evolution since 1982!

After 8 years living and working overseas in group marketing positions involving, branding, sponsorship and communications, I returned to Elwood, became a mum, and set-up Sparking Transformation, a coaching and branding business for individuals, businesses and organisations in transition.

Since 2010, I’ve helped develop, build and communicate personal and business brands for consultants, trainers, designers, artists, therapists, start-ups, and those seeking clarification of who they are and what they do best. From one-on-ones with local traders, to workshops and reports to local community organisations, to personal businesses that start from an idea or passion.

I am known for an ability to see the big picture and for bringing a sense of positive spirit to an organisation and its communities. I am also known for thinking differently, and working collaboratively across teams and a variety of key stakeholders.

Being a member of the management committee for the ESNLC is an important way I can bring this expertise to help strengthen the Elwood & St Kilda community. It’s also a way for me to bring to life my love for community, communication and making a difference.

Mary Hall

Mary Hall

I have lived in City of Port Phillip for 31 years and been actively involved in community activities for a number of years. My children have attended the local kindergartens and schools. My involvement in voluntary work started with the Emerald Hill Toy Library. I have also been involved at Liardet Community Centre and secretary for Balaclava Toast Masters as well as an interest in migrant resettlement, women issues and volunteer recruitment

My professional background has been in the Community Sector working with Department of Health and Human Services, The Port Phillip City Council and The Not For Profit Sector. I have qualifications in Community Development, Adult Education, Disability and Aged Care.

I am looking forward to being a member of the management committee for the ESNLC contributing and making a difference.

Ruth Avery

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If you want to write to the COM please address your correspondence to:

ESNLC – COM PO Box 57, Elwood VIC 3184 or contact the Manager, Gary March at or on 9531 1954.

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