Melissa is the current President of the BDCDA Management Committee. She joined the BDCDA in 2016 and had previously been a user/hirer of facilities since 2014. She holds current Bachelor qualifications in Psychology, Secondary Education, and Policing, a Diploma of Public Safety and Certificates in Training and Assessing. She has been a Commissioned Officer with the Australian Army for over 20 years, serving on overseas deployments on two occasions whilst serving with the Reserves.
Melissa joined the Queensland Police Service as a sworn officer at 21 and served in various locations throughout south east Queensland over her 20 years of service, most recently as the Senior Sergeant Project Officer in the Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit. Melissa is currently the State Member for Macalister, representing Beenleigh and surrounds in the Queensland Parliament. She has an extensive work history in serving the community whilst in uniform.
The work Melissa does within the BDCDA allows her to continue to serve and work with community groups and like-minded people away from her employment. She is passionate about the role community based organisations can have in facilitating change within local communities.
Melissa has three young children and most of her spare time is spent living vicariously through them, watching them play sport and building Lego and Minecraft worlds. She is also a rugby league tragic when time permits.
Committee Secretary & Administration Support Volunteer
Linda is the Secretary of the BDCDA Management Committee and has been involved with the organisation since 2000. Linda is also one of the organisation’s invaluable Administration Support volunteers, operating the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre reception and assisting centre staff with projects and fundraising. She holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessing and was formerly a Workplace Trainer for TAFE Queensland.
When Linda retired she chose to volunteer and contribute to her own community, having lived in Beenleigh for 39 years and raising her children there. Working full time over the years, she didn’t get a chance to be involved in her local area, so this was her opportunity.
Lyndal is the Treasurer of the BDCDA Management Committee and has been involved with the organisation since 2015. Lyndal is now retired from work, after enjoying a successful career as a Bookkeeper and Office Manager.
On retirement Lyndal joined Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre’s International Cooking Club and Beading Group on the recommendation of a committee member. Previously, she worked in Beenleigh for more than 20 years without realising that the Neighbourhood Centre existed. Lyndal has since learnt that she has an appreciation for what the centre provides for the community. Her appreciation has continued to grow because of the work done by the current employees and volunteers. They are a very talented group of people.
Lyndal was “convinced” that she would probably enjoy being on the Committee. Then she was “convinced” that she would enjoy being the Treasurer. She is still coming to terms with her most recent role as Treasurer as there is still lots to learn, however having the support of the committee and especially Deb, our amazing bookkeeper makes it much easier.
Committee Vice President (Government Liaison)
Yvonne is a Vice President of the BDCDA Management Committee and has been involved with the organisation since 2007. Yvonne’s first introduction to BDCDA was when she joined the International Cooking Club (ICC) after seeing an article in the local newspaper. After joining the ICC Yvonne took an interest in a range of other BDCDA clubs, including a walking club, beading group and lapidary club. Through her involvement with the ICC Yvonne became heavily involved in her community, engaging in a number of projects including healthy lunches in schools and production of a multicultural cooking video.
As Yvonne’s involvement with BDCDA grew she developed an interest in learning how the organisation works, i.e. who makes the decisions, how the organisation is structured, how the organisation is funded, etc. It was through this desire to know more about BDCDA that Yvonne came to be on the Management Committee.
Yvonne has enjoyed a successful career as a teacher, as well as a Mother of two children. She holds a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Teaching and has taught in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.
Yvonne is an avid sewer and enjoyed doing craft with the children in her care. Nowadays her passion is making jewellery using many different mediums, including Silversmithing. Yvonne also enjoys reading, aqua-aerobics and staying physically active.
Community Support Officer & Justice of the Peace (Qualified)
Anthony has been employed as BDCDA’s Community Support Officer since 2016. Prior to this he worked for many years in the electronic security industry. Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and is a qualified Justice of the Peace. His role with BDCDA involves contributing to the daily operation of the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre, assisting with Community Development projects, case management duties within the Beenleigh Supported Accommodation Service and performing Justice of the Peace duties for the community. In addition, he also takes responsibility for maintaining the organisation’s information technology infrastructure, website and social media presence.
Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, travelling overseas and photography. He also maintains a keen interest in politics, current affairs and aviation.
Administration Support Volunteer
Rhianna has been an Administration Support volunteer with BDCDA since 2017. She holds qualifications in counselling, mentoring and business administration and is a Young Mum Mentor with RAISE foundation. Rhianna splits her time between working the Beenleigh Neighbourhood Centre reception and assisting the organisation with special projects.
Rhianna is an empathetic and compassionate person and genuinely cares about making a difference, wanting to assist people in need and helping to show them the paths available. She enjoys practicing martial arts, designing jewellery, reading and playing with her children.