Meet some of the amazing local Town Team doers – people volunteering their time to improve their place. Our partner Perth is OK is helping us to share just some of the stories of the people who are the heart and soul of this movement of positive doers. Here are some of them.
Meet some of the amazing local Town Team doers – people volunteering their time to improve their place. Our partner Perth is OK is helping us to share just some of the stories of the people who are the heart and soul of this movement. Let’s introduce you to some of our incredible doers!
Anna Kelderman – Leederville Connect
Why does she do it? “For me, it aligns with my professional passion for community engagement. Leederville Connect provides a platform to extend these efforts beyond conventional boundaries, focusing not just on buildings, but on fostering community spaces”, she says.
“Initially, our focus was on creating vibrant experiences, activations, and lively events. However, our perspective gradually expanded. We developed the Leederville narrative, delving into the physical representation of our town, our broader community. Later, our emphasis shifted to social infrastructure, emphasising inclusivity, safety, and sustainability. We’re not just a friendly place, we are actively participating in accessibility, supporting homelessness in Leederville, and trying to create a space to have conversations about societal aspects that affect communities that are part of our locality. Read the article on this link.
Andrew Kailis – The Pickle District
Our motto is “making places for art to happen”. Mine is a social connection. When I first started, I didn’t know anyone in the area. It was about connecting with all the creative businesses here and collaborating. I discovered the Town Team movement in 2017, and with the help of Dean and Jimmy, who introduced me to the Council, it grew from there.
We have about 12 businesses, including both owners and their employees. Not all of them are actively involved, but they all support our cause. Read the article on this link.
Lisa Massey and Lisa Skrypichayko – Building Busselton
“It is really rewarding and satisfying to achieve things that you have never done before,” explains Massey. “I want Busselton to be the place where I always want to be,” adds Skrypichayko.
“It is really rewarding and satisfying to achieve things that you have never done before,” explains Massey. “You get to meet with people that you don’t usually come across; people who aren’t necessarily in your own group and I really do enjoy that.” Read more in the article.
Chris Green – The Flower District
Chris Green is one of the doers in the Flower District Town Team. Chris, a retired nurse, now runs a busy community café in West Leederville which she co-owns with her partner Michael.
“My passion revolves around authenticity and forming meaningful connections with people, which I consider a central aspect of my life’s journey.”
“Volunteering helps me embrace my genuine self, as it’s not driven by financial incentives”. Read more in the article.
Judith Morrisey – Donnybrook
Judith Morrisey, pictured on the left for R U OK Day, is passionate about art and creativity to bring joy to people’s lives. Combining her passion for art with her passion for community for fun events like like the “Donnybrook Dunny Do Over”.
Her tips are: “First, understand your skills and abilities. Confidence is essential. Trust yourself”. Then “Set aside ego and let others shine.” Read about it here.
David Lee – Baysie Rollers
“Volunteering isn’t just about giving; it’s about receiving too. It’s about recognising the value of building a better community and, consequently, a better world. Through volunteering, you gain tolerance, understanding, and respect for others, and you experience personal growth,” he says. “So, ask yourself, what kind of world and community do you want to live in? Volunteering can help create that world, and the value you receive from it is immeasurable.” Read more on this link.
Erwin Gerritsen-Kieft – Mullalyup
Erwin Gerritsen-Kieft thought his small town needed some action, and he is sure making it happen! He formed the Mullalyup Town Team and led a number of actions, including this giant mural to help slow down vehicles driving through town. “Through small actions you can improve people’s experience in the region where you live”, he says.
Working at RAC has allowed Erwin to develop an interest in community service, community engagement and advocacy – unsurprisingly, he has a particular focus on mobility. How people travel, what it means for them and the impact that it has when it works well – and when it doesn’t! Read more in this article.
Dave Lindner – Vic Park Collective
Dave Lindner has been a Vic Park Collective leader for many years, and is also a Director of Town Team Movement. He says that contributing to the community aligns with his core values and purpose. It’s more than just a duty; it’s an integral part of who he is. He has a deep connection with his community, and the desire to contribute to its well-being.
He didn’t realise the importance of getting involved in his community until after he had joined the Town Team. He relishes the sense of belonging, the genuine connections, and the ability to contribute positively.
Read more about Dave’s story in this article.
Helen Marshall – Champion Lakes
Volunteering has become a significant and enduring part of Helen Marshall‘s life. Helen is another of the quiet heroes that make local suburbs real communities.
“Our motto revolves around working harmoniously with the environment, fostering inclusivity among neighbours, and maintaining the quality of our activities as our community continues to grow,” she says. From a struggling group with 4 members in 2019, CLRA now has a core group of around 24 individuals, with 12 or 13 serving in the committee. Additional volunteers join specific activities such as our garden or the “Neighbours for Nature” program.
Find out more about Helen’s story in this article.
Claire Cardew – Wellard Village People
Claire Cardew wears multiple hats. She is not only one of the awesome volunteer #doers at the Wellard Village People, she’s also Town Team Coach at Town Team Movement in her day job. That’s a lot of #doing!
We chose to name ourselves the “Wellard Village People” because we truly embody our local community here in Wellard. This name encapsulates our diverse talents and roles, much like the iconic Village People with their various characters … It’s a fun and fitting way to symbolise the many facets of our village life.”
Learn more about Claire’s story in this article.
Gabby Locke – Hulme Court Collective
Gabby Locke is a business owner, operating an IT company in Myaree, Western Australia. She saw the potential of working with other businesses and community members and helped to set up Hulme Court Collective.
Gabby learned that making real connections with others is part of the process. Despite having basically no public spaces to work with (the precinct is mostly roads, car parks and a few grassy verges), they have installed wooden benches close to the local café, a beautiful mural, added garbage bins and held a successful Lunar New Year festival to celebrate the many diverse cultures of local businesses and residents.
“Jump in feet first and do it”, is her advice. Learn more about Gabby’s story in this article.
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