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   Ingrid Conroy

Ingrid is a new local to Elwood and was very keen to see the Community Garden, and lucky enough to have met Lynne and allocated a plot. Gardening and sustainability are a passion of hers and she is very grateful to have this in her life.

Her background first started in an Accounting firm where she learnt about tax and bookkeeping whilst going to Swinburne University. Then there was the period of having her three children and working part time for clients, then another accounting firm.

Ingrid’s family business grew so much that she decided to leave her paid job to work alongside her husband at the time and see the business grow exponentially. Fast forward a few more years and she is now living with her son and working in the Renewable Energy Sector 4 days a week as an Accounts Manager and Payroll Officer.

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.

Simon Hall

Simon has worked as Elwood Toy Library’s coordinator since 2009. The toy library has operated out of ESNLC since the 80s.

Jacqueline Bridge

Jacqui Bridge has been an Elwood resident since 2001 and was first involved with the ESNLC through the fabulous toy library that provides local families the opportunity to borrow toys, games and puzzles. Jacqui now has two teenage daughters and during the past 10 years has been involved with volunteer activities for Elwood Primary and 1st Elwood Cubs and Scouts.  She is keen to contribute to the local community through volunteering and supporting local activities and believes the ESNLC provides a terrific resource that supports the interests of a diverse range of community members.

Jacqui is an Industrial Engineering working in the energy sector. She is passionate about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and arrest climate change.  Jacqui is actively involved, through her work, in planning the electricity networks to enable the transition to cleaner energy.  She has skills and experience in strategy development, electricity network planning and asset management. Jacqui hobbies include yoga, regaining, cycling and travelling.

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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