Tennille is the Executive Officer at Pangerang Community House.
I have a broad employment background that on commencement of my position at Pangerang Community House, felt extremely unhelpful for my new role. However, this couldn't have been further from the truth! I've learned to embrace this diversity and it has given me a great leg up in dealing with varied members of the community.
Having started my career in finance/lending with a mortgage broker, I moved on to a role in settlements at BMW Financial Services and then on to Bendigo Bank. I started my maternity leave (I have three children aged 15, 12 & 8) and we relocated back to Inverloch to start an Arboricultural business (my husband is an Arborist). Never one to sit still, I did a range of things during this period (as well as all the books and marketing for our business) such as selling children's clothes, working for friends, volunteering on committees - I even gave Tupperware a crack! We then took over the Management contract of The Inverloch Surfside Holiday park where we resided for two years, juggling both businesses, two toddlers and being heavily pregnant. (Still not as challenging as a Neighbourhood House Coordinator role!)
After bringing the park up to the twenty first century, implementing rules, contracts, rebranding and cleaning up the park we decided to concentrate on our business. I had our third child and then worked with the Inverloch Tourism Committee and local businesses and farmers to establish the Inverloch Community Farmers' Market. We developed the market over 18 months and then handed it over to the Inverloch Lions Club, who have continued to deliver this successfully over the past 5 years.
An opportunity arose for my husband to take on a new contract in the North East providing Arboricultural training in 2014 and so we made the difficult decision to sell Tree Notion and move to Wangaratta. I worked briefly at Anglicare before landing in the role here at Pangerang.
I have an absolute love of the North East (I was born in Wang and lived here until I was 10) and what we have to offer, both in countryside and as a community. It has been a fantastic decision for us.
What does the Network mean to you, and why did you want to be on the Committee?
The network is an incredibly important support for my role, I consider it ongoing and informal professional development - arguably the most vital. I wanted to be on the committee so that I could increase my understanding of the sector and sector issues and to hopefully identify opportunities for future collaborations and growth
The importance of ‘community' in your life
Community has always been extremely important to me, in one way or another I have always been an active volunteer. I have a strong belief that belonging to a community promotes health and prosperity.
The importance of Neighbourhood Houses in your view
Neighbourhood Houses are so unique, which is what makes them important. Thankfully our funding provides us with the opportunity to adapt and create programs to our communities needs. Neighbourhood Houses bring people together and create a sense of community and belonging.
Two things you are most proud of in your role as coordinator/manager at your own NH
My staff. They are such an incredible and dedicated/cohesive team. I love working with them all. I'm proud of my ability to overcome the challenges that have jumped in front of me. Not always unscarred, but definitely stronger and with more knowlege than I had before.
One thing you are excited about in relation to the Network
That our breadth of skills and differences just bring so many opportunities, yet we all get along so well and the morale is truly inspiring. We have a strong and competent leader in Trish Curtis, which makes us incredibly lucky.