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;
2019/20 Board of Directors
Rhiannon Cook (President) has a Masters in Social Development (UNSW) with experience in social policy and community development at the State, Federal and International levels, including with the World Health Organisation in Manila. Over the last 7 years Rhiannon has led the policy and advocacy agenda at the NSW Council of Social Service across diverse portfolios including energy, transport, health, children and families. Rhiannon recently stepped into a new role with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People, working to turn the evidence on what works for child and youth wellbeing into practical, preventative action. Rhiannon has previously volunteered with the Centre’s Mum 2 Mum Program and is a resident of Hurlstone Park in the Canterbury Bankstown LGA.
Rachel Gavarotto (Vice President) is committed to her local area, and has a deep understanding of community organisations, which led her to join the 4Cs management board. She currently works in Claymore as a Community Engagement Planner, building the capacity of local residents to improve their social wellbeing and sustainability. Over the past few years Rachael worked as a qualified auditor of community and health services across the country in the National Disability Standards, and Quality Improvement Council standards. Her roles in management, research and professional practice for large and small organisations built on her Bachelor of Community Welfare (International Social Development), Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) both from the University of Western Sydney and Diploma of Community Services Coordination. Rachel is a member of the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners, and Australian Services Union.
Steven Hoy (Treasurer) has a background of over 30 years’ experience in senior business management roles within the service industry sector and with not-for-profit organisations and is now semi-retired. Steven holds qualifications in Accounting and Bookkeeping, his experience encompasses business strategic management, customer engagement and service level satisfaction, corporate procedure and policy review, and change management planning and implementation. He is married, with two children and four grandchildren and lives in Punchbowl within the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA.
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.
Annette Bird holds a Masters of Business Administration but after spending a decade in the corporate environment is now involved in community work. A Lakemba local Annette has a passion to be involved in different community projects and is grateful for a lovely group of neighbourhood friends. A lover of the great outdoors Annette has held a Plot at the Lakemba Community Garden since it started, is an original member of environment @ lakemba and now volunteers in the Centre’s Garden Care Program. Annette’s creative side was recently put to good use in the development of the Centre’s short film Mission:Lakemba and award winning song ‘You’re Always Welcome Here in Lakemba’.
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.
Michael Stoddart is a local that has lived in the area all of his life and lives with his wife and two teenage children. With a Commerce degree from Western Sydney University and further post graduate studies at Macquarie University, Michael has worked in the retail, hospitality, insurance, rehabilitation and construction industries across a range of roles. He is currently the Group People Risk Manager at Lendlease and has volunteered for The Wayside Chapel and also Sydney Vinnies Night Patrol feeding Sydney’s homeless. Currently, Michael is a supervisor and telephone crisis supporter with Lifeline and has been with the organisation for over 5 years and is passionate about ensuring our community receives the best possible mental health support.
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 over 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.