Committee of Management 2019

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    Lynne Wittner

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

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

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

TREASURER   Stella Hughes

Stella first came to the house in 2012 to become a member of the Elwood Toy Library. She joined the ESNLC committee in June 2013 and was elected as Treasurer later that year. Stella feels privileged to be part of an organisation where the focus is on making positive impacts in people’s lives, through personal and community development. 

Stella is a qualified CPA and has a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, as well as Graduate Diplomas in Information Systems and Psychology. She has extensive experience in financial systems implementation, accounting and analytical roles. Stella works as an accountant in the not for profit sector and is otherwise kept busy by a daughter in primary school and a son doing his VCE.

SECRETARY    Mary Hall

Mary has lived in City of Port Phillip for 31 years and been actively involved in community activities for a number of years. Her children have attended the local kindergartens and schools. Her involvement in voluntary work started with the Emerald Hill Toy Library. She has 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

Her 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. She has qualifications in Community Development, Adult Education, Disability and Aged Care.

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

Penny Digaletos

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Penny has been involved with the ESNLC for 28 years teaching yoga. She didn’t realize it was this long until a student reminded her that that’s how long she’s been coming to class. She has been on the committee for about 26 years.

What Penny loves 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.

Penny works at the Queen Victoria Market in retail and teachs 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.

Helen McDonald

Helen is a long time resident in Port Phillip and has volunteered and worked at the Elwood Neighbourhood House so she is very familiar with the Centre operations. Helen is extremely thorough and accurate so her administration skills will certainly benefit the Centre.

Ruth Avery

Ruth Avery

Ruth has a Bachelor of Education, has been a Student Welfare officer but now dedicates her life as a Feldenkrais Practioner for movements solutions. Ruth also is an expert in Reiki, Reflexology and Pranic Healing.

Ruth has volunteered in different organisations and brings a wealth of knowledge in community development. She has a deep interest in supporting people and organisations who love sharing good will in our local area and community.

Gary March

Gary is a valued member of the committee, 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.

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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