NCNS are privileged to have an enthusiastic, hardworking and ethical Board, made up of the following people:
Danielle has more than 7 years experience working in intensive family support and residential youth work in Western and South West Sydney.
Dani has an interest in governance and organisational system, and a passion for the rights of children and young people to be the best that they can be.
Patricia is the current Chair Person and a long term Board Member at NCNS. Pat is a Penrith resident, and works at Graceades Cottage – a small Neighbourhood Centre in Mt Druitt.
Patricial has an interest in Community Development and Aboriginal program delivery. She is an advocate for small to medium organisations and their ability to be localised, flexible and adaptive in their service delivery.
Doreen joined the NCNS Board of Directors in 2012.
She is a proud Murri woman whose connection and roots is from the Gamilaroi Aboriginal Nation, born and raised on the Namoi Aboriginal Reserve in Walgett NSW. She is from the Eualy-hi clan, and her language group is Gamilawraay and Yualawraay. Her skin is Dhinewan (Emu). She identified as an Aboriginal person all her life.
She has been a guest of the EORA, Gandangarra and Darug Aboringinal Nations for the past 42 years, having lived and worked in Balmain, Liverpool and Parramatta areas.
Her professional career in the Federal and State Public Sector has spanned 45 years commencing on the 14th February 1966, and retiring on the 16th June 2011. During this time, Dorren attained the position of Manager in both mainstream and Aboriginal identified areas. Her main area of work has been in the development and implementation of policies and programs.
She has received many Commendations, Certificates of Appreciation and Citations for her professionalism and outstanding work she has performed over her entire career, for her contribution to improving relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Although retired, Doreen still maintains strong links with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, where her wisdom, traditional values and principles provides a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she has gained through the “University of Life”.
Her strengths are being a good listener; being honest; truthfulness; open-minded; tolerance; and strong mediation skills.
As a Board member on the Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services, Doreen believes that her knowledge and experience will assist and support NCNS to achieve expected outcomes in the area of policy and programs, and in particular improved outcomes for Aboriginal workers and the broader community.
Yvonne is the Manager of a small family support service in South West Sydney.
As a Penrith resident, she has had a long term interest in affecting positive outcomes for the whole community.
Mary has been a Board member at NCNS for nearly 30 years.
As a South Penrith resident, Mary has an interest in local services for older people.
Jenny joined the NCNS Board of Directors in 2012.
Jenny is also a proud Murri woman, whose connections and roots are from the Gamilaroi Aboriginal Nation. She was born and raised in Walgett NSW. She is from the Eualy-hi clan, and her language group is Gamilawraay and Yualawraay. Her skin is the Dhinewan (Emu) and she has identified as an Aboriginal person all her life.
Jenny has worked for the Federal and State Governments for 26 years, working for Bank of NSW (Westpac), NSW Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), NSW Police Force, and Community Services, where she was State Coordinator for Women’s Issues, IT, Domestic Violence.
Jenny has received a Certificate of Appreciation, and a Citation, for her outstanding work in the community in improving relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Jenny has also received a Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship award.
As a member of the Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services Board, Jenny’s knowledge will assist and support the NCNS Board of Directors, NCNS workers, Aboriginal workers and the broader community.
Vickie is an Aboriginal health worker with extensive experience working with the Aboriginal community in Western Sydney.
Her interest is in supporting Aboriginal families and children to get the best possible start in life. Vickie’s other interest include sports and public speaking, and utilising her networks to connect up and improve the service system for Aboriginal families.
Peta has a strong administrative and management background in the community sector, in arts administration and in music therapy. She is currently the Manager of the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre based in Blaxland and has been in this position for over six years, having undertaken a ‘tree change’ seven years ago, loves living in the Blue Mountains, and has a commitment to providing useful and meaningful services and experiences that benefit and strengthen our community.
She has demonstrated experience in operational management, staff management, financial management, governance and Board support, promotion and advocacy, and policy development. In terms of voluntary work she was Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Australian Music Therapy Association, a Board Director of Blue Mountains Artists Network, and is currently completing a three-year term on the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Committee.
Her key values include honesty, trust, respect and integrity (personal and professional).
Outside of her working life, Peta is a musician and composer and enjoys spending time exploring how her computer music software can help her in her creative work.