Chamber Committees

The work of the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce is performed by volunteer members and teams. Through our many committees great work is done within the chamber and in the community we serve.

The people on these committees willingly give of their time, talents, energy, and resources for the benefit of all.

Executive Committee


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Ron Crump

President

0407 178 127

Kellie Pamic

Vice President

0427198 555

Mandy Bell

Vice president

0478 435 173

Mary Di Marco

Vice President

0438 054 227

Leonard Whittaker

Secretary

0417 883 688

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Stuart Jaeschke

Treasurer

0418 788 854

Craig Cooper

Executive Member

0424 515 309

Melissa Demarco

Executive Member

0424 515 309

Brian Battersby

Executive Member

0418 878 508



The Executive exists in terms of our constitution to manage the day to day activities of the Chamber. It has many roles and amongst them is the long term viability and health of the chamber.


It approves and oversees the activities of the respective committees.  To view each executive members responsibilities Click here


The aim and philosophy of the Executive Team is to engage as many of the Chamber members as possible. This leads to smaller roles being covered by many and as well allows the Chamber to achieve as much as it does.


Whilst this takes place at a local level members of the Executive Committee engage with and represent on regional bodies. The aim being to be able to advocate from a stronger base.


We are keen to ensure that incoming members are able to transition into their positions with ease and encourage any members interested in contributing at this level to contact our Secretary.

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Advocacy Committee

  

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Brian Battersby

Acting Chairperson

0418 878 508

 

 

 

Our objectives are to:

 

  • Encourage our area Elected Representative to engage with the Chamber on a regular basis.

  • We will offer them opportunities within our meetings to provide status updates, raise new concepts, sound out new innovations and opportunities.

  • For our area Elected members to receive Chamber comments about upcoming proposals important to our members or relevant community matters through a constructive process.

  • Offer Chamber Forums providing balanced information sessions to all local candidates prior to an election so that our community can better understand candidate aspirations and present and gain views from each candidate.

  • Strengthen alliances with other Chambers and Regional Bodies to support matters of benefit to our Chamber

 

To see a list of representatives for this area click here
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Awards Committee


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Rob Carmody

Chairperson

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Linda Conyard

Member

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Charmaine Renaud

Member

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Gary Sommerville

Member

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Established in 2016 the Awards committee was set up to recognise excellence in Business and Not for profits within the Hills and Districts.  


Our committee is now established and operational with members focussed on the Christmas celebration which will be held on the 12th December, 2017  which will incorporate the presentation of  the Awards for 2017.

The award categories and recipients will be voted on by the members of the The Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce – we will provide more information in the coming months.


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Big Breakfast Committee


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Mary Di Marco

Chairperson

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Donna Thistlethwaite

Member

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Carol Lee Beckx

Member

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Brian Battersby

Member

0418 878 508

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Mandy Bell

Member

0478 435 173



The Purpose of the Committee. The purpose of our Committee is to market and promote the Chamber to the local Hills and district community.

We do this through organising and coordinating the annual Big Breakfast – the Chamber’s major fundraising event.

The funds raised are distributed to deserving groups within the local community.  These groups may be youth support, aged citizens or school students.  The decision on which group is to receive funds is made by the Chamber members.

During the last three years, the Committee has donated approximately $20,000 to the following organisations and individuals:

  • Hills PCYC

  • local School chaplaincy programs

  • Picabeen Community Association

  • Sandy Hobley - Embracing Dyslexia

Benefits for our Chamber generated from the Big Breakfast include:

Raised profile - publicising and promoting the Big Breakfast raises the Chamber’s profile in the local community.

Increased membership - The event attracts employers and business owners, their clients and customers who would not normally attend monthly Chamber meetings.

Getting to know your Chamber more – the committee is a great vehicle for members to work and socialise with other members outside of monthly Chamber meetings.

Benefits of being in the Committee - I have found that working with Chamber members from different business backgrounds and with different business skills has enriched my understanding of the great work the Chamber carries out. All members donate their time and energy for the benefit of the Committee, and I look forward to my meetings and the energy that they generate. Discussion and resolution of issues provides me with a framework for debate which can translate to my business.

Why our committee is the best one to join - Thoughts from a member - My fellow Committee members have been welcoming, supportive and encouraging.  The biggest benefit is belonging to a great group of like-minded people from differing business backgrounds working for a common goal. Everyone is encouraged to voice their opinion, and all opinions are treated with respect.  This in part is due to the direction of the chairperson.  I have been a member for 2 years and would recommend to everyone to become involved.



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Business Development Committee


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Sheldon Morey

Chairperson

0414 518 727

Christina Gilbert

Member

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Dianne Frey

Member

0410 516 628

Leonard Whittaker

Executive Rep

0417 883 688

Helping other Chamber members is one of the hallmarks of The Hills & Districts Chamber of commerce.  The business development committee is committed to helping members to develop their business though skill awareness and education.  


The Business Development Committee can help you to:

  • Identify needs and wants in your business
  • Discover business improvement opportunities
  • Source profession adviser and mentors
  • Remember business actions you may have forgotten


On the following pages you will find some things that might help you to get started, remember old successes and put in to action ways to make your business more perfectly work for you.

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Commerce in Schools Committee


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Kylie Carmody

Chairperson

0401 787 919

Dean Weston

Member

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Bruce Kimball

Member

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Vicki Buchanan

Member

0419 689 647

Linda Conyard

Member

0402 811 742

Craig Cooper

Executive Rep

0424 515 309


The prime objectives of the Commerce in Schools Program are to:

  • Encourage continued growth and collaboration between all member schools of the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce.

  • Promote attendance and participation at monthly chamber breakfast meetings and other organised events.

  • Nurture relationships with members of Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce for potential trade placements or work experience opportunities to students, including opportunities to mentor with students.

  • Support schools in commerce/business initiatives that will enhance the lives of those participating students.

  • Award the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards, to one Yr 12 student from each Chamber member school.

  • Award the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Grant, to a year 11 student at Chamber Member schools to be gifted in accordance with the terms as outlined in the Scholarships section of the website.


To view our successes and activities click here

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Development Committee


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Mandy Bell

Acting Chairperson

0478 435 173

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Chris Hansen

Member

0437 231 879



The role of the Development & Advocacy Committee is to engage with local stakeholders and businesses to create awareness for the chamber. This can be in the form of membership recruitment as well as identifying areas for optimising the value and benefits for our members. Also with a focus on supporting our local organisations with fundraising opportunities and community engagement.


Our prime objectives are to:


  • Promote ‘Buy Local’.  To encourage members  to Dine Locally, Buy Locally, Play Locally and Think Locally.  Doing this creates:

  • Local Employment opportunities;

  • Builds a Stronger Local Economy,

  • More Wages stay Locally,

  • Reduce Traffic

  • Reduce Costs.

On average, 48% of each local purchase from an independent business is recirculated back locally, compared to only 14% at non-local and chain stores. (source Institute of Local self-reliance - 2003)



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Health & Wellness Committee


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Kylie Carmody

Chairperson

0401 787 919

Mary Di Marco

Executive Rep

0438 054 227

Joke Chadwick

Member

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Charmaine Renaud

Member

0418 986 552

Anastasia Cabot

Member

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The objective of the committee is to collaborate and share ideas of the many ways possible to contribute to the Health & Wellness of our members, leading to organising events and collaborating with the Health & Wellness businesses within the Hills Chamber.


The Group offers a safe and inclusive space, for all sharing, with no judgements and only serving to strengthen the wonderful community feel that the Chamber already has…and yes, this means Ladies and Gents, all welcome.


Click here to see more

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Meet the Candidates Committee


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Brian Battersby

Acting Chair

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Chris Hansen

Committee Member

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Kellie Pamic

Executive Rep

0427 198 555

Richard Froelich

Committee Member

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Alisa Cork

Committee Member

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Melissa Demarco

Committee Member

0424 515 309

Dr Lynette Finch

Committee Member

0451 030 188

Stuart Booker

Committee Member

0418 750 307


Aims of the Committee:


  • To provide a structured, balanced forum for candidates planning to nominate for Ferny Grove or Everton in the 2017 Queensland Government Elections.

  • To invite all candidates to attend.

  • To provide a forum for all candidates to express their aspirations, political affiliations or not, to respond to questions from the audience.

Aims of the Forum:

  • Provide a low-cost opportunity for the community to hear and question candidates standing in Ferny Grove or Everton.

  • Provide the community with an arena to hear political discussion free of overly enthusiastic or disruptive attendees.

  • Allow the Hills & District Chamber of Commerce to express their aspirations on behalf of their members or the local community.

  • Provide an experienced Chairperson to ensure the cordiality of the meeting is maintained.

  • Provide light refreshments to all registered attendees to encourage a friendly and cooperative atmosphere.

All Media Enquiries to:

Alisa Cork - phone:  0428 381 225 email:  alisa@limelightpr.net.au

All Candidates or Community Members Enquiries:

Brian Battersby - phone: 0418 878 508 email:  brian@battersby.id.au

Kellie Pamic - phone 0427 198 555 email; kellie@moneychief.com.au


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Membership Committee


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Kent McDonald

Chairperson

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Kelly Whilock

Member

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The role of the Membership Committee is to welcome and assist new business owners into the Chamber in a friendly and collaborative manner, whilst connecting members to grow their network within the community and the Chamber, so that they may achieve an enhanced opportunity to do business

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Public Relations Committee

 


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Alisa Cork

Chairperson

0428 381 995


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Margaret Sim

Member

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Member

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Kelly Whilock

Member

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Vicki Yen

Member

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The Public Relations Committee is focused on raising awareness of the work the Hills and Districts Chamber of Commerce does in support of local business and not for profit organisations. The committee members each have a small role in informing the membership and promoting its activities to the general community. This includes writing the monthly newsletter and other communications to members and guests, keeping social media updated and liaising with media and associated groups.


Being part of this committee offers members the opportunity to raise their own profiles within the Chamber and additional networking forums. If you would like to participate in this committee in any way, please contact Alisa Cork


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Women in Business Committee


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Janie Grant


Chairperson


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Eva Porter


Member


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Christina Gilbert


Member


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Vision: The Hills District Chamber of Commerce Women in Business network exists to provide a framework and structure for business women to connect in a feminine environment, fostering opportunities for friendship, mentoring, education and business. Values:  Non-judgemental  Respect  Integrity  Fun What We Do: 1. Facilitate events for women including:  Fun runs/retreats/educational workshops  Lunches/coffee meet ups/ champagne socials  Meet regularly 2. Make women visible by:  Supporting each other  Mentoring 3. Provide references and business for one another and other Chamber members via:  Network support/ care and concern  Co-creation / collaboration

The women in business committee is a dynamic group and look to have committee members that can think outside the box and can help with organising different and worthwhile events.

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