North Sydney Community Centre

The North Sydney Community Centre Committee

The Centre is driven by a voluntary Committee of local residents from all walks of life: teachers, solicitors, journalists, public servants and business types who all pool their energies and skills to ensure the Centre answers to the needs of a changing community.

Lynn Oswald - President

Lynn joined the committee in 2005 and was elected Vice President in 2013. Lynn was a market stallholder for many years and regularly volunteers at the NSCC Info Stall at the markets. Lynn spent two years volunteering in Tanzania at the School of St Jude where she enjoyed exploring her passion for all things African, including her love of animals. Lynn is a great supporter of Centre events and fundraisers.

Genia McCaffery - Vice President

Genia joined the Committee in 2017. She has lived in North Sydney since the 1970s and says the Centre has been part of her life since then. She’s done yoga and meditation here, her two kids went to Playgroup and
to After School Care. She loves the Centre’s markets, events and courses. She brings experience in local government, community development and her tenure as the mayor of North Sydney for 17 years. She’s thrilled to be part of ’such a vibrant, compassionate Centre in our community’.

Helen Ritchie - Treasurer

Helen was contracted to look after the Centre accounts for over six years, and on retirement in 2012 was appointed to the Committee. Helen was elected Treasurer in 2013. Helen enjoyed working with the staff and continues to contribute to the Centre through her work on the Finance Sub-Committee and by regularly volunteering at events and the markets. Helen is married to David, has two married daughters and is welcoming grandchildren as they come along.

Beate Reinhardt - Secretary

Beate joined the committee in 2009 and brings skills from her professional background in administration, HR and accounting. In addition to being Centre Secretary and on the Finance Sub-Committee, Beate is a frequent student at the Centre, participating in latino dance, Zumba and drawing classes. Beate supports the Centre by volunteering at the Info Stall at the markets as well as at numerous events throughout the year where her warmth and energy are appreciated.

Drew Truslove

Drew has been on the committee since 2012. He consults in psychology, helping companies with profiling and leadership advice. His kitchen is stocked primarily with goods from the produce market and his children are loud and enthusiastic contributors to the Centre's Music and Movement classes and Explorers Playgroup. He brings to the committee perspectives around staffing, team structures, business analysis and strategic planning.

Barbara Degraff

Barbara joined the committee in 2015. Her involvement with the Centre began when her sons attended After School Care from the mid 1990’s through the mid 2000’s. They loved their time at ‘Leisure’. Barbara has over 30 years of marketing experience and is passionate about online marketing. She was raised in Albany, New York but considers herself a happy transplant. Barbara loves the sense of community the Centre offers and is a regular volunteer at the produce market.

Rosemary Garrett

Rosemary’s creative and graphic design background was a wonderful asset to playgroup where she was able to use her imagination to create wonderful activities for the children, she retired from Playgroup in 2014 after 17 years. Rosemary has attended classes at the Centre for over 10 years. Rosemary finds the Centre is a great place of warmth, fun, inspiration, education and friendship, and she enjoys being a voice for Playgroup and After School Care.

Norma Molloy

Norma has been involved with the Centre since 1994, volunteering her time at the markets and Centre. Norma was appointed to the committee in 2004 and served as Management Committee President from 2008 to 2013. Until 2006 Norma was General Manager of a major photo agency, Australian Picture Library. These days she is employed as a carer for older people providing companionship and support in their day-to- day lives.

Corinne Madden

Corinne moved to Sydney from France, 25 years ago. Soon discovering Explorers Playgroup with her 2 year old, not long after applying for a position at the community centre. She ran Explorers Playgroup for 10 years, getting to know the dedicated people working at the Centre and assisting the children being creative and exploring the warm, fun and safe environment. Corinne recently retired from playgroup to pursue her lifelong project to teach French as a second language but she wanted to keep the special bond created with the Centre. Corinne joined the committee in 2017. Whenever she is able to, she contributes to various events organised in the Centre.

Jane Bekesi

Jane has recently joint the Management Committee and brings with her a strong background in finance gained over ten years in the commercial and professional services sectors in addition to her qualification as a Chartered Accountant. Jane was drawn to join the Committee from being a loyal North Shore Resident and Market Attendee and hopes to assist the Centre through volunteering at events and applying her professional qualifications. Jane is very excited and enthusiastic about being on the committee!