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.
John has been a committee member since the mid 1980’s when resident in North Sydney and served as Treasurer for much of this time. John was elected President in 2013. He has done time cooking sausages and cleaning up rubbish at the markets and participated in many other activities at the Centre. He has thoroughly enjoyed the involvement with the Centre community over the many years, both in what he has been able to give, and receive. John works in the NSW Environment Protection Authority and enjoys being a part time farmer.
Lynn Oswald was a North Sydney Market stallholder for over ten years giving it up in 2005 when she joined the committee. Lynn was elected Vice President in 2013. Lynn took a break from the committee over four years ago during which she spent two years volunteering in Tanzania at the School of St Jude. Lynn has a passion for all things African and a huge love of animals. Lynn volunteers as North Sydney Markets to manage stallholder re-bookings.
Helen was contracted by the Community Centre to look after all the accounts and she did so for over six years. During that time Helen enjoyed working with the staff and was able to put a lot into the centre. On retirement she was appointed to the Board and is contributing a great deal due to her accounting knowledge. Helen is married to David, has two married daughters and has recently welcomed with open arms her first grandchild. Helen was elected Treasurer in 2013.
Beate brings to the committee skills from her professional background in accounting and bookkeeping as well the perspective of an NSCC adult class student – you’ll often find her Latino dancing in the hallways and regularly attending Zumba class, as well as many others. Beate takes care of stallholder bookings at North Sydney Markets as well as supporting other Centre activities, where her warmth and energy are appreciated.
Norma worked as General Manager of a photo agency, Australian Picture Library, for many years, following which she held various part-time roles in the area of photography and administration. Her experience, energy and enthusiasm are most treasured by the Centre. Norma says “The world is complex and yet the truth is pure and simple...Life is the way you most honestly choose to express it. Follow your heart and you will find your way!”. Norma was President from 2008-2013.
Drew Truslove has been on the committee for a year. He runs a company that 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 NSCC music classes and playgroup. He brings to the committee perspectives around staffing, team structures, business analysis and strategic planning.
Ashley Macpherson joined the committee in April 2014. Her working life has been characterised by generating ideas, creating opportunities and finding solutions to problems.
She works as a Clinical Psychologist and as an International Development Consultant. In these roles she enjoys working therapeutically and in providing technical input and strategic directions for organisations.
As well as being an active participant in the many wonderful courses on offer, she enjoys being able to contribute to the activities of the centre.
My connection with the Centre began when I discovered Playgroup with my children and four other children I cared for. When they went to school I was asked to be coordinator of the Playgroup which I absolutely loved as I have a graphic design background and love anything to do with paint and imagination. I reluctantly retired after 17 years and now work in our family business. I have attended Life Drawing classes at the Centre for several years, joined Latino Dance, and this year I am learning to parlare italiano for an upcoming trip. The Community Centre is a great place of warmth, fun, inspiration, education, and friendship, which is why I have joined the Committee, to have this connection and be a voice for Playgroup and After School Care.