Janet Johns

manager
 

I’ve been working at the House since July 2017. Prior to joining, I worked in publishing and the arts for many years.

I’ve worked in marketing at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne Festival and ran my own marketing business for a number of years. Back when newspapers were still popular I worked for inner suburban newspapers before my move into the arts.

I moved to Mount Eliza in 2015 and was looking for a way to get to know my new neighbourhood, when the position at the House came along. It has been an absolute delight getting to know the members of the community as well as our wonderful staff and volunteers.

I’m excited about introducing new programs and activities to the House in the next few months.

 
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Kelly with our youngest Playgroup member

Kelly Kealey

Activities facilitator, Playgroup Coordinator and events manager
 

Hello Mount Eliza,

I am Kelly and I have been working at our wonderful Neighbourhood House since January 2017.

My working background has always been with people.  I began in childcare, transitioned into the disability sector and finally decided to join the nursing profession.

I now run social programs on Monday and Thursdays that are for anyone who enjoys a laugh, board games, the arts and movies.  We like to go out for the odd lunch or excursion too.

Wednesday mornings are where I like to add a bit of magic, pop on my fairy dress and run a playgroup for the little people of the area.  Lots of playing, singing and stories and of course fun!

I look forward to seeing you, so pop in and say Hi.

Kelly K

 
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Sandie Keeble

Receptionist and volunteer
 

My name is Sandie Keeble and I have been working at Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House since late June 2017. 

I was a carer for my late husband for 18 years, and worked in retail part time.  I had also volunteered at Somerville Community House in the office.  I love what Neighbourhood and Community houses offer to their communities and this is the area that I hope to continue working in, in the future.

I love meeting the members of our house, and listening to the stories they tell.  Everyone has been very kind and welcoming to me.

I have a passion for patchwork quilting, which I have been doing for the last 4 years or so.  I love to sit with our sewing and craft ladies after my shift has finished, and enjoy their number.

I look forward to helping to develop more programs and engage with the local community while I am here.

Sandie

 

 
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Elain Bakker

 

Part Time Manager

I started working at the house in 2016 when Marilyn the former manager went on long service leave, she then resigned so I stayed until the end of June.

I am now working one day a week as assistant manager.

I was formerly the manager at Rye Community House for 7 years, prior to that I was a primary teacher for 20 years and have also been a nurse worked in offices and an industrial laboratory.

I have moved house many times and love to travel, my next trip is to Japan next April.

I do some teaching, a drawing class at Benton’s Square and Introduction to Diversional Art Therapy at Mount Eliza, and am on a number of local committees.

I’m enjoying working part time and still keeping my connection to the community

Elain Bakker

Part Time Manager

I started working at the house in 2016 when Marilyn the former manager went on long service leave, she then resigned so I stayed until the end of June.

I am now working one day a week as assistant manager.

I was formerly the manager at Rye Community House for 7 years, prior to that I was a primary teacher for 20 years and have also been a nurse worked in offices and an industrial laboratory.

I have moved house many times and love to travel, my next trip is to Japan next April.

I do some teaching, a drawing class at Benton’s Square and Introduction to Diversional Art Therapy at Mount Eliza, and am on a number of local committees.

I’m enjoying working part time and still keeping my connection to the community