Here are the Executive Members, a dedicated group who keep the administrative nuts and bolts of the Society in place!
Barbara Jones – President & Members Only Screenings
Barbara Jones is a recent arrival in the Maleny area, having lived most of her life in Townsville and Brisbane, with shorter spells in Victoria, Canada, and the UK. She is a medical practitioner with a background in general practice and medical education. Along the way, she has held senior positions in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, James Cook University, and on a number of State and National government and non-government Advisory Committees. While always interested in film, it was not until her arrival in the Hinterland that she had time to indulge this passion, and she is delighted to be able to be involved with the Maleny Film Society.
Yvonne Holmes – Secretary
After living in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and country South Australia, my husband and relocated to Maleny in 2005. I am a specialist operating room Registered Nurse and now work in an analytical role within my field. While I continue to work in Brisbane, I have flexible hours which allow me to develop a greater involvement within the Maleny community through the Film Society. I enjoy spending time with family, including our 2 granddaughters, as well as travel, gardening and live theatre.
Mary Meadows – Treasurer
Since moving to Maleny in 1993, I have been active in the Co-op movement, initially on the committee for Wastebusters, and then eight years as Secretary to the Maple Street Co-op. Apart from my day jobs, I was also involved with organic certification and on the committee for the Australian Herb Society and the Organic Growers of Australia until they merged with the Biological Farmers Assn two years ago.
My interest in the arts started in my teens when I dabbled with pottery to doing backstage work with Canberra Repertory to being in the Art and Craft business in Canberra. I volunteered my time as treasurer to Australian National Capital Artists. The committee of ANCA along with 50 artists brought about the construction of Artists studios for Industrial and Semi Industrial Artists. During my time in Canberra I was also on the Board of the ACT Crafts Council and worked with numerous others on the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation. I have had a bit of a break from committees until now, but look forward to being of benefit to the Maleny Film Society.
Film Selection Sub-Committee & Vice President
Andrew Wallace moved to Maleny in 2013 after retiring from Central Queensland University where he was a senior lecturer based at the Gladstone campus. As well as his original field of literature, he taught in the areas of media and communication and visual cultural studies. He also directed many plays involving students and members of the local community. Andrew is enthusiastic about cinema, music, drama, poetry, graphic art and photography and looks forward to having more time to devote to practical engagement with all except the first two, having abandoned hope of ever mastering the blues harp. Andrew has developed an interest in the conditions that foster creative endeavour in communities and in cross-fertilisation between different art forms. Maleny seems a natural fit. Sometimes Andrew finds it hard to disagree with Paul Keating’s dictum: “if you don’t live in Sydney, you’re camping out”. But then again, he enjoys camping.
Peggy grew up in New Brunswick, Canada and on meeting and marrying her Australian husband David they moved to Victoria in 1973. After several moves within Australia, England and back to Canada, Peggy and David finally settled in Brisbane in 1985. Peggy worked for the Queensland Government for 25 years in various library and information management positions. Maleny was her weekend hangout during those years and now her home for the past 8 years. She has many interests including bushwalking, yoga, reading and film and has transformed her bare block into a lovely bush garden. With time on her hands she is enjoying getting involved with the Maleny community.
Paula remembers visiting Maleny during the 70s when her parents transported her and her four siblings from Scarborough to Mary Cairncross Park in the back of the Leyland P76 (a mission brown one of course). The idea was to have a picnic and then try and spot some rock wallabies on the walk—fat chance with 5 rowdy kids running down the track. Little did Paula know that she would move to Maleny in 2000. Now she has her own business Seedhead, working as a freelance graphic designer. Paula has always been an avid art-house movie fan and is passionate about community so it’s a perfect match to be serving an organisation that promotes world-class movies and community simultaneously.
Other Committee Members