I arrived in Australia in 2007 from the UK, having pursued careers in management consultancy and political research, and moved to Nillumbik in 2012. Since joining U3A, I have taught a variety of subjects (history of art, veggie growing, evolutionary theory, website development and quantum mechanics), before joining the Committee in 2016. I am active in the local food movement, including being webmaster of Local Food Connect and Sustainable Gardening Australia.
In June 2015 I retired from a lifetime career as a health professional, which took me from theatre nurse to surgical manager. I was pleased to join the U3A and discover how much it offers and feel privileged to contribute something back to this community.
After heading a number of finance departments of IT companies during my working life, I retired early and found U3A. Now I attend U3A French and bridge classes and love the challenges that these classes bring. I am honoured to be serving on the committee of U3A, currently as Treasurer. I hope I will be able to continue to contribute to the evolution and success of Nillumbik U3A for many years to come.
Policy and Venues
I have been a committee member since the establishment of the Eltham campus of Nillumbik U3A. I have tutored Italian and currently I am helping people to enjoy the wonderful game of bridge.
I am a proud grandfather who retired from the information industry after more than 30 years involvement. I joined the Nillumbik U3A in 2012 and was elected Vice President that year. I became Acting President and then President in 2013 and 2014-15. The U3A has provided an ideal pathway for continued learning, developing new friendships and providing a way of giving back to the community.
I am a retired secondary school teacher. I joined the U3A to participate in the walking group and now I am also in the wine appreciation group, the last Wednesday of the month book club, and lawn bowls. I have made many new friends and am happy to be a general committee member and work to help our U3A thrive.
I retired in 2015 after a lifetime working in education as an ESL /literacy teacher, administrator and, finally, executive officer at La Trobe University. Arriving in Melbourne from South Australia in 1991, my husband and I chose to live in Lower Plenty among the trees and birds. We enjoy travelling and being grandparents. I work in the U3A office, help with the bookswap and participate in a bookgroup and Tai Chi.
I enjoyed U3A classes for several years then joined 'the Office' to help with the database and the large task of dealing with membership, class enquiries and enrolments. I am a member of several community groups such as healthAbility and the links they provide enable better communication and informal information flow, which even within U3A is difficult to achieve.