Directors

Majella MrdjenMajella Mrdjen – Chair
Elected November 2016

Born in Adelaide and raised in Port Lincoln, Majella has spent over 15 years living on the Eyre Peninsula. Majella completed her schooling at St Joseph’s School in Port Lincoln, and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in Adelaide. Majella has enjoyed work roles as a speech pathologist within education, health, early childhood and community sectors, and through these roles has travelled to regional and rural areas of the Eyre Peninsula. With a keen interest in travel and languages, Majella participated in the Port Lincoln/Muroto Delegation in 2009 and has continued to foster friendships with members of the Muroto community.  Majella is an active member and past president of the Young Tradespeople and Professionals (YTAP) group of Port Lincoln, and has a passion for welcoming and supporting fellow young skilled workers to join the Eyre Peninsula community.

 

Garry DowneyGarry Downey – Deputy Chair
Appointed November 2013

Having lived on Eyre Peninsula for over 20 years I have a deep affinity, affection and commitment in ensuring our region remains resilient and robust and a wonderful place to live, work and enjoy the Eyre Peninsula. Long term experience in banking, small business ownership, community sector management and currently working within the Justice system provides me with a diversity of skills that complements other board members. I have been involved with a number of community organisations on Eyre Peninsula including the Port Lincoln Football League Umpires Association, Port Lincoln Primary School Governing Council, Mortlock Shield and in previous times the Community Builders program in Streaky Bay and Regional Coordinator for Mentoring EP and Wheels in Motion.

 

Peter KnifePeter Knife – Director
Appointed October 2015

After an initial seven years in Civil Engineering, Peter joined the embryonic IT industry in 1976 as a programmer. His extensive software experience includes 18 years in the hospitality industry, two years with Macquarie Bank and 14 years in the advertising industry. Raised in Swan Hill, he has lived most of his life on the East Coast and for six years in the USA. He and his wife Margaret fulfilled a long-held ambition to move to Port Lincoln at the beginning of 2010. Peter is President of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society, and has published a history of the railways on Eyre Peninsula. He takes a keen interest in issues affecting Eyre Peninsula, especially transport and water. He retired (from paid employment) in 2014.

 

Director-Ken-Maynard

Ken Maynard
Appointed July 2016

Ken was born in Adelaide and raised in Clare; Ken was employed in the health industry for nearly 40 years in various roles culminating in undertaking the role of Chief Executive Officer, for the Ceduna and Districts Health Service.

Along life’s journey Ken has been involved with many organisations and sporting bodies including Apex, Whyalla Hockey Association, Ceduna Bowls Club, Thevenard Sports and Community Club, Ceduna Community Radio, Red Cross Volunteer, Thevenard Residents and Rate Payers Group, Commissioner for Far West Football League, Member of the Ceduna Health Advisory Council,   and is currently in his second term as an elected member of the District Council of Ceduna.

 

Director-Maggie-Knife

Margaret Knife
Appointed August 2016

Margaret (Maggie) was born and raised in Melbourne, spending most of her adult life in Sydney. She worked in administrative roles for accountants, stockbrokers and financial planners over a period of more than 45 years in Melbourne, Sydney and Port Lincoln, retiring in early 2016.  Over the years, Maggie has been an office-bearer with the support groups of the Girl Guides and various school auxiliaries and was the volunteer co-ordinator for a home therapy program for a brain-injured child in Sydney. Since moving to Port Lincoln in early 2010 she has been the Treasurer of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society.

 

Director Barbara SchmidtBarbara Schmidt – Director
Appointed June 2018

Barbara has retired from the challenging world of Agricultural Merchandise Retailing and now enjoys the quiet life of farming with husband David on their 1500-acre farm at Kimba where she spends a lot of time with her six grandchildren and horses.  She volunteers for local organisations and supports many clubs, cooking for cake stalls and selling raffle tickets etc and has recently been awarded Life Membership of the Kimba Racing Club.

Barbara and David have now appointed a Manager for their business at Kimba and are still shareholders and sit on the Board of Directors for two other retail outlets spread across EP.

Barbara attended schools at Ungarra, Lock and Port Lincoln and then nursed at Cleve and Whyalla, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1974.  After working as a Theatre Sister for two years she and David moved to Kimba and set up their business in 1976, firstly as a Spare Parts, Tyre and Battery Outlet, then progressing onto Agchem and Fertiliser in 1986.

They became shareholders of a corporate buying group and travelled extensively throughout Australia and sometimes overseas attending field days, conferences and seminars, where they were often recognised for their commitment and achievements with many state awards.

Barbara is passionate about the wellbeing of the Kimba Community where the population is declining and farming is becoming more challenging.  Businesses are struggling and service groups are battling with fewer volunteers and there is a lack of employment for the local school leavers.

 

Director-Leonie-WanklynLeonie Wanklyn
Appointed October 2018

Born in Leigh Creek, Leonie was raised in Mount Gambier until leaving to attend Teachers College in Adelaide. Leonie graduated and began her teaching career at Point Pearce Aboriginal School on Yorke Peninsula before being transferred to Port Lincoln in 1977. Marrying and raising a family in Port Lincoln, Leonie has continued to enjoy teaching and completed a Masters of Education/ Studies of Asia through Flinders University. She is currently teaching an Indonesian Languages/ Studies of Asia role at Port Lincoln Junior Primary School and keen to broaden the horizons of young students. Through caring for family members as they travel through the aging process Leonie has firsthand experience and knowledge of care packages, Palliative Care, the Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service and other services available on the Eyre Peninsula, and an interest in Grants and Programmes that the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation offers and supports.


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