The purposes of the Community Centre, as outlined in its Constitution, may require a review in line with our Vision, future direction and our changing community.
Our Constitution states the following:
- Provide fellowship for members.
- Provide an educational facility, incorporating adult education for the community
- A meeting place for other community groups.
- A drop-in centre.
- Sharing of skills.
“To be a sustainable community centre delivering life, education and social skills, and a place of connectivity to meet our community’s needs”
“Creating and delivering programs and activities that meet existing and emerging needs of our growing and diverse community, whilst maintaining solid governance practices.”
Born and growing up in Sydney Mheganne moved to Canberra in 1970. She worked mainly in the real estate and legal areas and was a business owner for twelve years. Following life changes, she relocated to Albury and spent three years studying at Charles Sturt University, graduating in 1997. Fulfilling a long-held desire to live in Melbourne saw further study and her own conveyancing business. She and Neil married in 2001 moving to this area in 2004. Mheg’s life has always been one of volunteering. She has served on many Committees. Pre-School, Primary School and High School and the Primary School Board for three years. Brownies, Guides, Calisthenics, Church Social Committees and others. She represented her local Business Owner’s Group in negotiations with Federal Government. In Rushworth she was active in the Tourism Group, Museum, Community Plan Committee, Lions and the Hospital.
Mheg is driven by a strong sense of justice and fair play and she is not afraid to stand up fight for the underdog in any situation and has always been very politically aware and active. With two daughters, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren she is always busy.
Vice President Glenn Turner
Born in Tatura, Glenn moved to Shepparton as a teenager and has worked at Australia Post for 45 years.
Glenn has volunteered and served on Committees for the Scouting movement over many years as his children grew. Since joining South Shepparton Community Centre as a member Glenn is always one of the first to volunteer for any jobs around the Centre and is invaluable at our fund raisers, especially the bar b cues (President’s note: No-one does bar b cue onions like Glenn).
With 3 grown stepchildren, twin daughters and a grandson Glenn is kept very busy. Despite his other commitments Glenn is always ready to respond to requests for assistance for any project undertaken by the Committee or the Staff and has spent many weekends at the Centre working on the new kitchen in the Kiker Room and preparing the garage for the Op Shop operations.
Gail was born and grew up in Melbourne. She worked at the State (later the Commonwealth) Bank for 23 years, specialising in the property and mortgage areas. Gail came to Shepparton three years ago and joined South Shepparton Community Centre as a volunteer, moving to a position on the Committee and has held the position of Secretary for two years. Gail also still puts in time as a Volunteer, running the Thursday group Healthy Connections and working with our refugee population in Conversational English and training for Australian Citizenship tests.
Gail’s volunteer work has included working with St Vincent de Paul, Kensington Community Centre Committee of Management, Community representation and Advisory for Woman’s Peace Garden Development and as a Community Representative on the Lynch’s Bridge Re-development Group.
Treasurer Bernadette Bradd
Bernadette grew up in Adelaide and has been in the Shepparton area for twenty years. She worked at the P-12 School in Kyabram for nine years and Hume and Murray Disability Services for four years. She also has a Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Counselling.
Bernadette’s previous volunteer work has been with The Salvation Army Op shop in Kyabram, The Red Shield Appeal, St Vincent’s Mooroopna Op Shop and she worked with Teen Challenge in Kyabram for four years. She is currently Treasurer of the Friends of the Library Committee as well serving on the South Shepparton Community Centre Committee as a Committee Member and Assistant Treasurer. Bernadette also facilitates the playgroup.
Assistant Treasurer Neil Lumsden
Born in Sydney Neil completed an Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Becoming qualified with IBM, HP, Compaq and Microsoft enabled a change of career into the IT industry, opening his own business after gaining qualifications in both Small Business Management and Workplace Training. His involvement with volunteer community work began with Rotaract, and he served on the Board of Management of Sydney Synod of the Anglican Diocese. Moving to Rushworth the volunteer service continued with CFA as Secretary/Treasurer for 10 years. He is currently attached to CFA Head Quarters Brigade, Shepparton.
Neil taught computers, including at SSCC, and has Cert IV in both Small Business Management and Workplace Training and Assessment. He is a qualified Quality Auditor, having created and audited procedures and policies and maintained systems under ISO2001. As a qualified SCUBA instructor, he had the opportunity of travelling the Pacific - diving and also worked in Vanuatu for some time.
Committee Member Val Roberts
Val was born, raised and educated in this area and her first employment was in banking. After marrying Val returned to country life farming for over twenty years first at Whitfield and later Invergordon. After raising her four children Val returned to the workforce, has been self-employed and currently has now worked at Fairley’s IGA for nearly ten years.
Val has always given time to volunteering, serving on Committees, from Red Cross, Guides, Primary and High Schools in many positions. She served as Treasurer of Shepparton Spiritualist Centre for thirteen years and also as Treasurer of Goulburn Valley Boy Scouts for two years. She has been on the South Shepparton Community Centre Committee for four years and as Vice President for three. Val facilitates and runs the Live, Love and Laugh Programme.
Committee Member Judy Mills
Born in Camperdown, Judy moved to Shepparton in 1989. Settling into the community she became active in the Scout and Guide organisations being a cub/scout leader for many years, serving on committees as well as hands on. She has also worked on many other committees especially with her children’s schooling.
Judy has been employed in the aged care and disability sector for 14 years and became a member of South Shepparton Community Centre in 2016. She has served, and is a valued member, on the committee for 3 years.
Still working and with five grown children and a grandson Judy is never idle and is always one of the first to volunteer.
Committee Member Peter O'Donnell
Peter was born in Geelong and grew up in Melbourne. Coming to Shepparton as a teenager he attended school here. Initially working in Shepparton Peter relocated back to Melbourne for many years before moving to Western Australia for over twenty years. He came back to Shepparton four years ago, having family in the area. Peter has one daughter who still lives in Western Australia.
Since coming back to Shepparton Peter has been extensively involved in volunteer work with the Life Op Shop and is now the volunteer Co-ordinator of the Shepparton Men’s Shed as well as being a member of the Dookie Men’s Shed. Peter has served on the South Shepparton Community Centre Committee for twelve months. He is always the first to volunteer for any work which needs doing around the House.
Committee Member Cindy Robertson
Mother of three young boys Cindy was raised in Rushworth and now lives locally. Working as a carer she has compassion and understanding of the needs of the less fortunate in our society.
Full of energy Cindy is a valued member of our Committee who contributes much to the smooth running of the Centre.
As the youngest member of the Committee Cindy can bring a fresh perspective to our deliberations.