Board of Directors

Canterbury City Community Centre is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected each year by the Centre's financial members at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board is responsible for ensuring effective governance of the Organisation and is responsible to members and Funding Bodies through the various Contracts we hold. The Board fulfils its role by providing leadership, ensuring that we achieve our stated purpose and that appropriate checks and balances are in place.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports directly to the Board and is responsible for the day to day management of the Organisation and providing strategic advice and information to assist the Board in their deliberations. The CEO attends Board Meetings but is not a Member of the Board and does not have voting rights.

Current Board members and CEO details are as follows;

2016/17 Board of Directors

Tonya K Cook-Pedersen

Master of International Affairs (MIA), Columbia University, B.A., Development Studies, University of California at Berkeley,

Tonya Cook-Pedersen (President) is a business and program development professional with over 15 years working with not-for-profit and for-profit organisations in the international development, community development and philanthropic sectors.

Tonya joined the 4cs Board after being engaged by Sydney Community College to coordinate the training, ELLN, and mentoring components of the Migrant Women’s Micro Business Program, implemented in partnerships with 4cs with funding from the NSW Department of Education and Communities’ Social Inclusion program. Working with the Lakemba migrant community is a natural extension of Tonya’s international development and humanitarian work abroad, including work with the United Nations in East Timor and Bosnia and Herzegovina and more recent work with Australian and U.S. government contractors in East Timor, Nepal, and Liberia.

Tonya has a strong track record in proposal and grant writing as well as program design, development and evaluation. She has a son in high school and a daughter in primary school and is a volunteer instructor for the NSW Primary Ethics program. Tonya is a resident in the Marrickville Local Government Area.

Skye Laris

Skye Laris (Vice - President) is a Sole Trader whose business develops online advocacy and fundraising campaigns on a wide range of issues. With a background in mainstream and online journalism Skye has been employed in a variety of roles including as Digital Director for a major political party and Director of Campaigns and Communications for a large national online membership Organisation.

Holding a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Skye is experienced in Human Resource Management and has been responsible for managing teams of 4 – 25 people. Skye lives in the Inner West, having recently moved from the Canterbury LGA, and values the cultural diversity of the area. 

Meredyth Conn

Meredyth Conn (Treasurer) is a bookkeeper who has run her own business for the last 15 years helping small to medium sized businesses in a diverse range of industries.

Meredyth is a former carer and has a special interest in aged care and the needs of family members and friends who support older people to remain independent in the community.

She joined the Canterbury City Community Centre as a volunteer gardener in the Garden Care service in 2011, a volunteer Home Visitor in the Centre's Community Visitors Scheme in 2015 and became a member of the Board in 2012. Meredyth Lives in the Leichhardt Local Government Area.

Jubaida Hossain

Jubaida Hossain (Secretary) is a resident of Lakemba with strong ties to the local Bangladeshi community.

Jubaida enjoys living in a multicultural community and supporting Centre programs that support women and children.

Currently volunteering in the Bangladeshi Community Language School, Jubaida also serves as a Board member on the Federation of NSW Community Language Schools.

Aka Rangiuira

Aka Rangiuira has been a member of the Board of Directors of Canterbury City Community Centre since 2007 and is a resident of the Canterbury Local Government area.

He has experience in running a small business and has also served in a voluntary capacity within the Pukapuka and Cook Islands Community in Sydney for many years.

Max Dixon

Max Dixon is an admitted solicitor with experience working in a range of community legal centres, Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Services and on the board of a community transport provider. Max is passionate about the application of the law to benefit the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community and is committed to the principles of social justice. Max utilises his skills and qualifications to support Organisations which advance these principles and is keen to contribute on the Board of the 4cs to see the Organisation further entrenched as a community hub.

Max brings a unique youth perspective to the Board, has experience both working as a volunteer and supervising volunteer teams, and is a resident of the Inner West.

Liz Messih (CEO)

Bachelor of Social Studies (Sydney Uni 1981) Master of Management in Community Management (MM UTS 2010)

Liz is a Social Worker with 35 years experience, largely in Community based Organisations, as a community development practitioner and Service Manager. Liz has been employed in a management role at Canterbury City Community Centre for just on 20 years and has been responsible for overseeing the work of a dynamic team which has developed a range of programs and services at the Centre. Liz is passionate about the role that community based organisations have in engaging communities to find solutions to local problems and the value that these Organisations have in delivering Programs and Services.