Community Spotlight on Adele Heasman, President Community Northern Beaches

Adele Heasman has been a member of the Management Committee of Community Northern Beaches since 2002 and was nominated as President at the recent Annual General Meeting. As well as being a wife, mother and President, Adele also works in the Office of James Griffin MP for Manly as Senior Electorate Officer. We asked Adele to share a little about herself.

Q: Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Adele Heasman addresses the recent Community Northern Beaches’ Annual General Meeting

Adele Heasman addresses the recent Community Northern Beaches’ Annual General Meeting

Adele: “I have lived in the Manly area since starting at Balgowlah Heights Public School in year 1 after my parents built their home in the new land release in the early ‘60s. Growing up with the bush as my backyard was idyllic – as kids we loved the flannel flowers and indigenous rock carvings which we considered our very own to look after.

My husband and I have made Manly our home since 1984 (he also grew up in the area) with our 3 now grown-up children. In many ways, my love for the area was my reason for running for Manly Council as a Councillor in 1999. My new role here in the Electorate Office is really an extension to that – without me being at the forefront!”

Q: What is your role at Community Northern Beaches and responsibilities does this role have?

Adele: “In 2002 I was elected to the Management Committee of the Manly Community Centre (now Community Northern Beaches) – having seen their work from afar since the 1970s. In the early days of being on the Committee, I was probably a quiet observer although I certainly took part in any roles that were asked of me such as helping with the Manly Corso stalls, fundraisers, projects and undertaking Vice President duties.

I was first elected President in 2014 and last year stepped aside for 12 months after serving for the statutory 4 years. This year I was delighted to be once more asked to run as President. Community Northern Beaches has seen so many changes these past few years, I feel that the staff and volunteers could do with some stability in the leadership and I am happy to assist with that.”

Q: What motivated you to choose a volunteer position in social services?

Adele: “I guess I like to see people’s lives change for the good. A lifetime ago I was working as a legal secretary for a senior partner in a prominent Sydney Law Firm – I then had a sea change and left to complete an Associate Diploma in Social Welfare at the Institute of Western Sydney. Now my life revolves around the provision of social welfare – I’m not a good counsellor! But in my role at Community Northern Beaches, and certainly at the Electorate Office, I am in a position to advocate for social services provision in and for my community.”

Q: Tell me about a particularly memorable moment during your time at Community Northern Beaches?

Adele Heasman pictured with John Kelly

Adele Heasman pictured with John Kelly

Adele: “Memories of volunteers working together to raise money for Community Northern Beaches, Jacqui’s farewell after some 37 years, and who could forget attending the moving funerals of Ellie Hunt (the first President and founder with us of the Manly Women’s Shelter) and Pat Boydell (the long-time chair of the Northern Beaches Mental Health Support Group), but also more recently meeting John Kelly (our new Centre Manager) and being amazed that we found someone who loves Community Northern Beaches as much as we all do!”

Q: What do you believe makes Community Northern Beaches special?

Adele: “I think its’ innate ability to ‘draw you in’! Once you see what the work is that we do and whose lives we change, there’s no getting out! I’m immensely proud of the reputation Community Northern Beaches has, not just within the local community, but with the levels of Government (Federal, State & Local) as well as our relationships with the Police and other stakeholders. Community Northern Beaches has been the driving force in the establishment of NGOs that are now thriving independently of us, such as Pioneer Clubhouse and of course the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter (formerly Manly Women’s Shelter) which now has formed Women’s Community Shelters and has 6 Shelters in NSW!”

Q: What would your advice be to someone looking to reach out for help but doesn’t know where to start?

Adele: “If a person comes into the electorate office we are fortunate as we can just walk people down to the other end of the street to Community Northern Beaches! I often suggest Community Northern Beaches as it’s a hub and the staff are really adept at summarising a person’s need and referring them to the best service to assist them. If people are capable, I suggest googling Community Northern Beaches and looking at our wonderful website to get an idea of how we can help.”

Community Northern Beaches Annual General Meeting 2018

On Friday 12 October 2018, Community Northern Beaches held their 2018 Annual General Meeting. A warm and friendly atmosphere prevailed as those who care about the organisation came together to cover official business, thank some of the organisations and people who have supported them during the past year and elect the Management Committee for the year ahead.

Adele Heasman, now President of Community Northern Beaches opened the meeting by welcoming honoured guests including James Griffin, MP, Mayor Michael Regan, new CEO of Northern Beaches Council; Ray Brownlee, Councillors and staff of Northern Beaches Council; Cr. Sue Heins, Cr. Pat Daley, Cr. Candy Bingham, Cr. Kyle Ferguson, Kylie Walshe, Rob Van Den Blink, Sandra Faase and Will Wrathall, Michelle Erofeyeff of FACS, former Patron and Mayor of Manly Council; Jean Hay, CEO of Royal Far west; Lyndsay Cane, Peter Jackson; Hall Jackson P/L, Sally Cornelius, and representatives from St. Matthews Church, Manly Congregational Church, Easylink Transport, Every Little Bit Helps, CatholicCare, Link Housing, Legal Aid; Ross Tomlin, Carmel McCarney (Sisterhood Clontarf), our CNB staff and volunteers, and members of the Management Committee. Adele then acknowledged the traditional owners of the land (Cammeraygal peoples) and paid respect to Elders past and present.

Adele Heasman, President with John Kelly, Manager

Adele Heasman, President with John Kelly, Manager

Adele proceeded to highlight the significant achievements of Community Northern Beaches over the last financial year, including the granting of DGR and PBI status to the organisation, and the expansion of services provided to the Northern Beaches’ community through increased partnerships with other service providers.

Adele focussed on the urgent requirement for more suitable accommodation to enable the organisation to increase service delivery to the Northern Beaches’ community and maintain the dignity of clients and community members who access our services and facility. Adele acknowledged the tireless work and dedication of all involved in the successful management and daily operation of the centre, especially during a period of significant change and improvement.

James Griffin MP, and patron for Community Northern Beaches, presented a passionate advocacy for the work of the organisation in the community. He outlined how the work that is undertaken with the marginalised in the Northern Beaches community focussed him on why he had made the decision to stand for office and advocate on behalf of all.

Treasurer Mr. Bill Barnes gave thanks on behalf of the Management Committee to the Auditor, Peter Jackson from Hall Jackson Pty. Ltd., for his assistance with the financials throughout the year.

Bill acknowledged our funders; FACS, SSI and Northern Beaches Council, for their confidence in and support of Community Northern Beaches. He also acknowledged that the Venue Hire income had increased and formed a key part of overall revenue. Bill concluded by stating that Community Northern Beaches is in a sound financial position, meeting all financial requirements, and with significant reserves in the bank.

John O’Connor, Public Officer, declared all positions vacant and invited nominations for the Executive and Management Committee Members. The following Members were elected unopposed:

Executive: President: Adele Heasman, Vice President: Mary Nelson,Treasurer: Bill Barnes, Secretary: Caroline Pearce
Management: Paula James, Kandy Tagg, Peter Wood

Community & Volunteer Awards:

John Kelly presented the following Community Service Awards to those identified as making a difference in the Community and the lives of others;

Michael & Rosalind Cockett – Manly Congregational Church for donating sandwiches every Monday over many years for the homeless

Blackmores – for donating Christmas hampers each year for distribution to individuals and families in need

Manly Library – for donating toys each Christmas to the children of our clients

Care Essentials – for providing basic necessities for the homeless and needy

Yousef Elafifi – who collects bread and other food items from Aldi and bakeries to assist us in feeding the homeless and needy

St Matthews Church Manly – ongoing support and assistance.

Carmel McCarneyThe Sisterhood Clontarf – contributions of volunteer work, fundraising and community awareness raising.

Volunteer Awards;

Caroline Pearce – reception volunteer and member of the Management Committee
Nora Takats – 9 years continuous volunteer service and JP
Cathie McNabb – volunteer on reception and special projects
Julia Denne – volunteer on reception and worked for four years with CNB’s multicultural program supporting migrants and refugees
Lynda Stokes – for many years has organised CNB’s OzHarvest support for the homeless and needy conducted each Wednesday

Thank you to all those who attended and continue to show support for Community Northern Beaches.

Manly Community Centre is now Community Northern Beaches

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Yesterday at Manly Community Centre we had the official launch of our new name, Community Northern Beaches. The new name reflects the fact that we are all about community and are available to help people all over the Northern Beaches.

Early in the morning, new signage went up, just in time for our official ribbon cutting ceremony by James Griffin MP, Member for Manly at 1 pm.

This was followed by our Annual General Meeting where members and guests were treated to the premiere showing of our new short film documenting all the services provided by Community Northern Beaches and a bit of the heart and motive behind the work of the organisation. We are excited to release the video to you soon!

We welcome the election of a new President of the Management Committee, Geoff Stewart. Outgoing President, Adele Heasman, was warmly thanked for her huge contribution over a number of years. She will remain as Vice-President.