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
Maleny has been my home since October 2006 after living in NSW and overseas for many years. My decision to join Maleny Film Society after moving here immediately enabled me to meet members of this wonderful community as well as to become a volunteer. This has been a very enjoyable experience over twelve years which has enhanced my love of movies and given me a satisfying way of helping MFS. As a trained primary school teacher, my career has taken me to many countries. I now work for The Sunshine Coast Council as a teacher in The Adult Literacy Program. I enjoy my garden, yoga, walking, the arts and travel as well as being with my family.
Michael now lives in Montville having moved up from Buddina Beach near Point Cartwright on the coast 11 years ago. He was born and bred in Brisbane and, after many years of searching, he found his vocation as a teacher of History and English in his late twenties. He sees 1986 as a hinge year in his life for it was then that he secured a position at Immanuel Lutheran College in Maroochydore. From this point he found career fulfillment and a new home, a place to which he feels a deep connection – the Sunshine Coast. He is a keen native gardener and surfer and loves cycling, bushwalking and reading. Since retiring, Michael has become involved in volunteering at the Montville Market, Hinterland Bush Links, Barung Landcare, the Australian Republic Movement and, of course, the Maleny Film Society. After driving up from the coast one Saturday night in the early 1990s to see a film at the Maleny Community Centre, Michael discovered his perfect cinema experience: world movies with a great meal and a drink in convivial company – and not a bag of popcorn in sight. He was ‘hooked’ and now would like to play a part in perpetuating the great service that the Maleny Film Society provides for the hinterland.
Faith has a strong background in media communications and the not for profit sector. As communications coordinator for a leading Sydney fundraising organisation, Faith was responsible for successful media campaigns for clients that included five major Sydney hospitals, The Australian War Memorial and Sydney Botanic Gardens. Following a Tree-change to Maleny in 1993, Faith established the trail blazing Telecentre in the old Maleny Butter Factory. A Queensland first in telecommunications, giving the local community access to computer facilities and TAFE training courses. The centre merged into The Hinterland Business Centre providing assistance to emerging small businesses on the hinterland. For several years, Faith returned to Brisbane to the not-for-profit sector where she was responsible for running the state-wide SEAT program (Spinal Injuries Awareness team), to promote education awareness throughout Queensland schools. Purchasing The Hinterland Times in 2008, Faith and her late husband Michael Berry, reinvented a great independent monthly magazine which won numerous awards including; Best Newspaper in Country Queensland, finalists in the Sunshine Coast Business Awards and the Sunshine Coast Glossies. As a member and strong supporter of MFS for over 25 years, it was a pleasure to support the film society during our ownership of the paper, especially the wonderful Australian Film Festivals.
After growing up in Canada, I came to Australia to undertake postgraduate study. I’ve since spent more than 40 years in teaching, research and management roles in various universities and educational organisations across Australia, including several years as a volunteer tutor teaching migrant English and literacy. In 2014 I moved to the Maleny area to enjoy blissful active retirement. I’ve been enthralled by cinema since childhood and have long had an interest in film as a medium of communication and art form. Until recently, the ongoing demands of work, family responsibilities and community commitments made it impractical to actively pursue this interest. Luckily, moving to Maleny and joining the MFS has now given me the opportunity to take a more active involvement indulging in my life-long interest in cinema.