Nick is passionate about facilitating growth in individuals by promoting emotional intelligence and self-awareness. He is currently working with Impact Communities coordinating Youth Entrepreneurial Services (YES) which aims to help disadvantage youth build confidence and resilience and assisting them in achieving their own personal goals.
Abi is Wide Angle Tasmania’s Executive Director. With a background in film producing and education, Abi works to provide opportunities that develop the talents of filmmakers and strengthens the Tasmanian screen community.
Rachel is self-employed through her company Landly, where she works with farmers in various roles, including as DairyTas Sustainable Dairying Adviser. She has volunteered in landcare leadership roles. She is part of Zonta Devonport and Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, where she has been involved in organising community and fundraising events.
Chris currently is a volunteer soccer coach with Clarence United in the Statewide Competition. Chris is passionate about working with people to reach their full potential as players and coaches.
Sam has been working and volunteering in the community service sector for 6 years, currently employed as a Team Leader for the Mentoring and Personalised Support Services (MAPSS) Program at Life Without Barriers which supports at risk youths and families. Sam has strong links to community involvement and identity and he is a coach at his local sporting club the Glenorchy Football Club.
Lou has worked within the Housing and Homelessness Services sector within Colony 47 in various roles across the portfolio for the past 9 years. Lou has a strong interest in social policy and advocacy for both youth homelessness and mental health. Lou is currently the Coordinator at Mara House, a young women’s shelter in Hobart.
Glenda lives in Launceston and works in Leisure and Lifestyle, where she provides meaningful holistic experiences for older adults within aged care. Glenda has a Bachelor degree in Social Science and a Master in Ageing and Pastoral Studies and represents Northern Tasmania on the Council on The Ageing (COTA).
Anna is a Program Specialist at children’s education charity The Smith Family. She manages a team of mentors who work with students to develop their post-school study and career aspirations. Anna is motivated to use her skills towards achieving positive change and has volunteered in many community organisations in Tasmania and also Latin America. Her study background is in Law and Public Policy.
Angela is currently Board Member and volunteer at Deloraine House. She is working at Mole Creek Caves as a guide, a Standby Response crisis support worker and casual manager at Mountain View Country Inn. She is passionate about family and her community and is driven to help individuals achieve success in any way that she can.
Working in communities and with communities has been Alison’s passion over the last 30 years. Alison believes that we need to listen to the community and work with them to help propel people towards their goals. Alison works very closely with the headspace Advisory Reference Team and local netball groups and is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential.
Kathryn has extensive management experience in not-for-profit organisations supporting autistic people. She has co-authored research papers and has secured more than $200,000 for research partnerships. She is a non-executive director of Playgroup Australia and Chair of both Playgroup Tasmania and the Speech Pathology Australia - Tasmanian Branch.
Ella works at Cancer Council Tasmania in the Cancer Prevention team, specifically in the SunSmart Program. Prior to this, Ella completed a Bachelor of Health Science. She is passionate about health and well-being and engaging the community in positive health behaviours.
Renee is a business owner/operator with over 20 years experience in the Hair & Beauty Industry. She also has roles with the Beacon Foundation; Lead Facilitator for their High Impact Programs, Collective Ed Team member at Bayview Secondary College and Industry Live facilitator. Renee is currently studying Positive Psychology which aligns with her true passion of helping individuals and communities to thrive.
Lauren is the Events Manager at The Tailrace Centre in Launceston. Her passion is partnering with people to bring to life their event vision. Lauren believes that any form of gathering can be a powerful driver of culture, opportunity and change across corporate, not-for-profit, small business sectors.
Minke is Health and Advocacy Manager at Diabetes Tasmania. In addition to advocating for all Tasmanians affected by diabetes, Minke manages the organizations’ delivery of The Coach Program, an evidence-based telephone health coaching service primarily for people at risk of, or with type 2 diabetes.
Sophie’s background is sales and marketing in tourism, recently finishing a role with Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, a passion for working with people has led to a position with Rural Alive and Well. Sophie is a venturer scout leader, a Scouts Tasmania Branch Executive Committee member and enjoys outdoor adventures.
Libby is a social worker who has been working with Tasmanian children and families for the past three years. She has diverse experience through involvement with refugee and migrant groups, community organising, and the employment and creative arts sectors. She is passionate about community development, and prevention of family violence.
Jodie is the Youth and Community Officer at Circular Head Council. Her work focuses on assisting and empowering young people, ensuring they have every opportunity despite living in an isolated rural community. When Jodie is not working with youth she can be found planning and organising community events.
Isabel, co-owner of Seppenfelts Emporium in Deloraine, is involved with the Little Laneway Fringe Festival, the local Tourism Association, and The People’s Library project in 2018. Writer and story activist, Isabel cares deeply about the environment and developing a healthy, peaceful society. Isabel has a BA(hons) in Government from Sydney University.
Rachel has proven her passion for the Flinders Island Community through the many community focused initiatives she has lead and participated in. She’s proactive, well-organised and inspires others to get involved. Rachel is not afraid to champion a cause and undertakes projects with integrity and honesty.
Rebecca is the Fundraising and Events Manager at Cancer Council Tasmania in Launceston, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She loves being involved in her local community and engaging with a diverse range of people. Rebecca enjoys volunteering for Rowing Tasmania and on her son’s School Board.
Nico van Leeuwen
Nico has been working in community development in Tasmania and overseas. She is passionate about social justice, community education and placemaking. Nico is honouring her Dutch heritage by being open, grounded and direct and can be found fermenting food with Culture Club Tasmania every month in Hobart.
Amelia works as Youth Participation Officer with the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre and as a Support Worker with Access2choice. She is passionate about community participation and working with people to enhance their sense of belonging and empower them to achieve their best life.