Our committee meets on a regular basis, usually the first Friday of the month and our AGM is held in March.
If you would like to know more or wish to become involved, please feel free to contact any of us...
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Jeannie and husband David have lived in the Bay for 26 years and brought up three sons here. Jeannie has always been involved with the community, latterly beginning the Batemans Bay Cemetery Improvement Committee in 2003. Joining the St Cecilia Music Scholarships committee in 2002, highlighted to her the critical need for suitable performance space in Batemans Bay. A lifetime in business, afforded Jeannie a practical ‘can do’ approach which was the genesis of PerfEx. She was the inaugural President and has held the position since November, 2006.
Dave had spent many years in Canberra, first as a Programmer and Systems Analyst with the Bureau of Statistics, finishing up as the Senior Executive in charge of the Bureau’s computer systems. He established a Senior Management and IT Consultancy consulting to many Departments and Corporations prior to retirement, when with his wife Jan, he moved to the area in 2000. Since then, Dave has involved himself tirelessly in community organisations which include Rotary where he is on the Youth Foundation and Business Awards sub-committees. He is also the President of the St Cecilia Music Scholarships, the foundation supporter of PerfEx and has been the vice-president of this organisation since its inception. Dave’s sense of humour makes him a joy to be around.
Dr Sue Mackenzie
Sue’s qualifications are almost too many to list, but she began her career as an Art Teacher and then as an Art consultant covering 300 North Coast schools! An urge to return to University led her to complete a Masters and then she began her PhD in Social Ecology, both at Western Sydney University and finishing in Canberra. A stint in the Public Service followed with employment in training, curriculum , contracts and HR. Her PhD behind her, she took off to beautiful Oxford in the UK where she gained her CELTA qualification (Cerificate in English Language Teaching Adults).
Finally washing up for retirement in Batemans Bay, we are extremely fortunate that she found herself on the shores of PerfEx, where she has proved herself a very hard-working, inspiring, dedicated member whose assets are innumerable. Unfortunately we have to share her with U3A where she is a course teacher in Stories, Sudoku and Gourmet Gardening, but we can cope with that! I doubt Sue will ever be happy with ‘normal’ retirement as the cultural health of her community is so important to her, that she is continually involving herself in local issues.
Jan Draper is a talented and passionate artist and a great asset to the team. She and husband Paul moved to the Bay in 2001 from country Victoria where Jan had always worked in book keeping and administration, often in their own businesses. With daughters involved in performance, Jan was a regular attendee of Eisteddfods and plays. Her idea was to spend more time developing her creative side once they moved to the Bay, but another business and voluntary aged care has meant that this is still on hold! Jan is also passionate about photography and was the instigator and co-ordinator of the very successful Inaugural PerfEx Photography Award in May 2013.
Noreen Ralston Birchall
Noreen brought up her three children in the Bay and although widowed, she has thrown herself back into the community life of the town, always so important to her. A past President of Quota Club and life member of the Tennis Club, in recent years Noreen has developed her creative side and became a member of the Batemans Bay Arts & Crafts Society and a past President. A member of the Bay Theatre Players, she can indulge her love of clothes. Noreen’s enthusiasm and ‘get up and go’ are a constant source of inspiration.
Dougie is the ‘proper English gentleman’ of our Committee. His early career was with the Institutional Investment arm of the London Stock Exchange, but the economic collapse in the late seventies, saw him taking on a new challenge, when he accepted a sponsored position with a large Australian Financial Institution in Canberra settling there with his wife and four small children. Two years later he began his own Financial Services Company which he ran very successfully for many years until retirement and which is now run by his son Robert.
Dougie’s love of art is evidenced by his wonderful collection of antiques, particularly Doulton ‘Huntingware’. His walls are also hung with some of Australia’s best pastels by local artist Grace Paleg, now his partner. Douglie brings a wealth of business experience to the PerfEx team.