Our People

Without the endless efforts of the people below, ESNLC would not be possible. Whether part of the committee, staff, volunteers, supporters or partners we appreciate all the time and energy and kindly direct your correspondence to these people.

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 Committee of Management (COM) meets ten times a year.  Their key role is to develop and monitor strategic planning, associated policies and financial matters. 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 3 year membership.

Greg Day

Juhee Tulshyan

Lynne Wittner

Sue Macgregor

Jacqueline Verrall

Catherine Mundy

Omnia Holland


All of our staff work part time or casually and pride themselves on delivering the best support for all participants and the community. Our staff aim to deliver quality and inclusive learning programs using the Community Development model.

Executive Director
Karen Elsbury

Office Bookkeeper
Joey Lehrer

Administration Officer
Zoe Tovey

Community Engagement Coordinator
Georgie McRae

Roomers Coordinator
Janet Donald


Our wide selection of classes and courses are taught by these wonderful people, who work tirelessly to bring high quality learning to the centre.

EAL Tutor
Vivien Atkins

EAL Digital Tutor
Victoriya Repka

Yoga Instructor
Penny Digaletos

Yoga Instructor
Monica Fleck

Art Therapy Tutor
Damian Curtain

Gardening 101 Tutor
Francisca Alliende Brito


ESNLC could not operate without the dedicated contribution of our many wonderful volunteers. There are some amazing volunteers that have been with us for a long time and many others have moved on in search of their dreams.

Kitchen Garden Lead
Francisca Alliende Brito

Kitchen Library Founder & Director
Karen Elsbury

Kitchen Library Social Media Lead

Education Support


ESNLC Inc is proud to acknowledge the support of the following sponsors and funders, whose contribution to our organisation supports us in the delivery of our service to the delivery of our service to the Port Phillip community, we take this opportunity to thank them for their generous support.

Federal Government Australia

More info here

State Government Victoria

Funding through the Department of Education and Training (DET) and Department of Human Service (DHS)

Learn Local

Funding our Adult Education courses including English as a Second Language and Digital Literacy

City of Port Phillip

Community Strengthening Grants Program, Diversity & Ageing Scholarship Support Program, Service Agreements and Facilities Use

Elwood Community Bendigo Bank

Sponsoring our Elwood Kitchen Library and Creative Craft Club

Jobs Victoria

More info here.

Palais Theatre

A Live Nation Managed Venue


Toyota Equipment Fund


ESNLC Inc is proud of our strong connection to community and the mutual support of our wonderful partners.

Ngwala Willumbong Ltd.

Elwood Toy Library Inc.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Southern Community House Network

Poets Garden

South Port Day Links Inc.