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    Gary March

Gary is currently the Chair and his career has included management and leadership roles within defence, manufacturing, aviation, legal, emergency services language and sporting organisations. These roles have always included managing the provision of training and education to others. Prior to commencing work at ESNLC in 2013 he worked as a lawyer. Further Gary has governance experience from his 6 years on the Board of educational organisation. Gary’s qualifications include Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Engineering, and Masters of Business Administration.

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

I have been actively involved in a variety of community activities for a number of years. I see the importance of the local community being the focus point for many people to establish relationships and networks that help to enhance our society.

I was involved with Neighbourhood Houses when they were first being established as part of my Welfare Studies within the local rural community. I had always intended to become more involved again. My changing work situation has now enabled me to do this at ESNLC.

I moved to Elwood over ten years ago and have also been involved with the establishment of a community garden, called “Poets’ Garden” that has enabled me to combine my interests in gardening and networking into the wider local community.

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.

Isaac Hermann

Isaac is passionate in local history, born in St. Kilda and bred in Elwood.

His core interest is in flood related issues, as well as open space concerns.

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.

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

Ruth Avery

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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