7. Honorary Life Members 2017

Key positions and officeholders are:

President- Lyn Buckley

lyn-copyLyn grew up on country New South Wales, went to Presbyterian Ladies College in Goulburn. I joined the Public Service in Canberra after leaving school and then married a soldier, eventually arriving in Brisbane in 1980. Lyn has two children who are married and five grandchildren. Lyn’s parents taught her the importance of family and community involvement and her strong commitment to both led her a 30 year career in the nonprofit sector as a professional fundraiser.

Lyn worked for a diverse range of organisations in the areas of disability, medical research, cancer support, youth, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and ageing, giving her an insight to the issues facing many in the community. Lyn worked in her own business as a Fundraising Consultant specialising in grant seeking and project development from 2004 to my retirement in 2012. Lyn is a Fellow Emeritus of the Fundraising Institute, having previously held positions as FIA’s Queensland Secretariat manager as well as other positions on the Qld FIA Board.

To continue her community involvement, Lyn has been a member of ESA International Alpha Pi (Redcliffe Branch) for over 25 years. She has held many positions including Branch President, District President and State President Treasurer and Secretary during those years. ESA International is an organisation member of NCWQ and as one of ESA’s representatives, Lyn involvement with NCWQ commenced in 2013.

Lyn sees her involvement in NCWQ as being of part of the chorus of women’s voices to encourage women to be the best that they can be and bring about change for those at risk of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

Vice President- Caroline Snow

Caroline Snow (2)Caroline is a practicing lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance. She is a Partner at Russells Solicitors. Caroline has a keen interest in improving access to education and support for at risk, disadvantaged and underprivileged women and children through the formal education system and early education. As mother to two energetic boys, Caroline understands the challenges of juggling a professional corporate career with distance education, postgraduate study and motherhood. Caroline is also member of the Queensland Law Society, the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland, the Australian Institute of Management and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Treasurer – Paula Ivanovic

paulaPaula Ivanovic has remarried since she became Treasurer and is the proud mother of 2 adult children and step-mother to 5 more as well as a grandmother of 2. Her new husband is very supportive of her community service involvement. Paula spent most of the 70s living overseas with her first husband, living in Ecuador, Malaysia and the Philippines. She started studying for an accounting degree in 1978, studying externally for 5 years before deciding the finish full time at the University of Queensland. After her graduation, Paula stayed on in Brisbane and began work in the Accounting Department of Telecom, now Telstra. She retired from there in mid – 2014 after nearly 35 years, and is busier than ever. Paula has been a member of Quota International for 27 years where she was also Treasurer a number of times. This is how she became involved with NCWQ. She was also, for a number of years, the Treasurer of the Valley Senior Citizens Club.

Recording Secretary – Noela O’Donnell

Noela O’Donnell was the NCWQ President from 2011-2015. She now holds the position of Immediate Past President for a period of one year.

During the term of her presidency Noela focussed on ensuring the Council was more representative of today’s Queensland women and was inclusive of women working full time, women from diverse faiths and cultures and younger women.

She also aimed at raising the profile of the organisation both amongst the members and the broader community. Noela is one of the two delegates of the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN).

State Coordinator- VACANT






Management Committee

Pat Burgess

patPat has been a member of NCWQ since 1994, a delegate from the University of Qld Women’s Club. She has also served on the committee since 1997 and was Minute secretary in 1999 and 2001. Pat served as NCWQ President 2002-04 and 2008-11 and has been Convenor of the Children with Potential conferences 2010-2013.


Steph Carter – Communications

stephSteph Carter works in Strategic Communications for international development firm Palladium. She holds a Masters of Integrated Marketing Communications, and is also a past State Director and National Operations Manager of World Vision Australia’s national youth movement ‘Vision Generation’. Steph first joined NCWQ at the age of 19, after speaking at an NCWQ event. She is also the coordinator of the annual NCWQ/BGGSOGA Young Women’s Forum, and manages NCWQ/s website.

Kathy Cavanagh

kathy-copy-copyKathy has been involved with NCWQ since 2011, and has been associated with ESA for many years. Now ‘mostly’ retired, Kathy has worked in a variety of contexts, both overseas and inter-state, in roles ranging from small business to writing and photography, but the main focus has been in adult education. Her experience as a part-time, distance education student, for more years than worth counting, has given an understanding of the difficulties in achieving educational goals whilst dealing with work and the various other complexities of family and life. So Kathy was naturally drawn to being involved with the NCWQ Bursary program, which she now coordinates. Kathy sees the need for generational change against the background of technology-based communication as the NCWQ faces the challenge of being as relevant today as the organisation has been throughout its proud history.

Irene Cayas

irene-copy-copyIrene came to Sydney Australia with her family from the small island of Lipsos in the Dodecanese of Greece in 1954 – she was then 6 years old. Irene’s volunteer work started when she was still at high school and got involved in fund-raising activities for the Red Cross, and in helping out at (as it was then known) the Cripple Children Society of NSW. She commenced her involvement with the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Greek Orthodox Church at Mt. Gravatt in 1981, where she was elected Treasurer, and later held the position of President for many years. She was also elected a member of the Main Committee for two terms.

In 1998 Irene joined the Ethnic Communities Council (ECCQ) and subsequently held the positions of Deputy Chairperson and Convenor of the Women’s Ethnic Network. She represented ECCQ in the Queensland National Council of Women (NCWQ), the Older People Speak Out (OPSO) and the Queensland Council of Grandparents (QCOGs). Irene has been a committee member since the inception of the ESTIA Disability Support Group of Qld, and she is a volunteer helper at the St. Nicholas Nursing Home.

Irene’s ongoing passion is in the care of the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged in the community. Her love is for her family – especially her seven grandchildren.

Georgina Pickers

georgina-copy-copyGeorgina was a former travel agency owner and worked in the tourism and travel industry for over 35 years and was also a board member of the Queensland chapter of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). Now a self-funded retiree, Georgina is a member of Business and Professional Women Australia (BPW) Queensland Justices Association (QJA) International Peace through Tourism (IIPT) and UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM) and SAVE Wildlife Foundation. Georgina has been a NCWQ member since 1985 and is currently Adviser for International Relations & Peace and Human Rights. Interests are Current Affairs – National and International, Reading, travel and walking besides the wonderful Brisbane River.

Alison Muir

photo-alison-muirAlison Muir grew up in country Queensland and moved to Brisbane in the mid 80’s due to work. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years and prior to that in electorate offices for State and Federal politicians.

Alison’s work in the nonprofit sector has included everything from administration to fundraising and has involved the homelessness; drug & alcohol; health and the disability sector. Currently she manages the Business Services team of a disability family support organisation.

In her spare time, Alison is a member of ESA International, an affiliate member of the National Council of Women Queensland and Secretary of Dragon’s Abreast Brisbane Incorporated, a dragon boating team consisting of breast cancer survivors and their supporters.

Alison holds qualifications in Frontline Management, Human Resources and Community Sector Management and is currently an Industry Reference Group Representative on the Queensland Workforce Council.

Alison’s goal is to travel the world, meeting as many people and experiencing as many cultures as possible.

Margaret Vallance

margaret-copyMargaret Vallance is a retired secondary teacher, Head of Department English and LOTE. She is a member of Quota International and delegate for their 30th District and is State Secretary of Australian College of Educators (Qld) and the Clan Campbell Society.



Marjorie Voss OAM

marjorie-copyMarjorie joined NCWQ in 2004 as one of two delegates from MU Australia. In 2006 she was elected to the Management Committee and from 2008 to 2012 she held the position of Vice-President. Marjorie has been a member of Guides Queensland for over 40 years as a Brownie Leader, Trainer, Assessor and more. She has also been a member of MU Australia for over 50 years holding many positions, including Metropolitan Vice-President; Australian Promotion & Development Coordinator & Caritas Leader and as an Education Department Speaker. In 2002 she resigned after 23 years, as Assistant Teacher at St. Lucia Kindergarten and joined the Queensland Watch Committee (part of ECA QLD.) She held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for 6 years until March 2014 when the Committee disbanded, but she still remains a member of ECA QLD. Marjorie holds strong views regarding encouraging and supporting women and children to reach their full potential, free from abuse and harassment, and the Organisations in which she is involved support this view. Marjorie is at present NCWQ Child & Family Adviser and in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “Service to Women, and to Youth through the Guiding Movement”.

Membership Secretary

Kirsty Levis

cam01655Kirsty Levis is the delegate to NCWQ from The Girls’ Brigade Queensland Inc. She has been an adult member of The Girls’ Brigade for almost 20 years and is currently a 2nd Caboolture Leader, leading a group of girls each week and Glasshouse Region Treasurer. Since 1987 when she started as a girl (seven years), she obtained most badges including Pioneer Pin, Queen’s Award and the Leadership Development Course (Stages 1,2,3).

She openly serves others through volunteering for other organisations (Glass House Mountains Rural Fire Brigade, Beerburrum School of Arts Assoc. Inc., Caboolture Historical Village) while working four days a week as a Bookkeeper.

Kirsty, as NCWQ’s Membership Secretary is responsible for the members register and ensuring all members details are correct.

Immediate Past President

Annette Lourigan







NCWQ Honorary Life Members

NCWQ Honorary Life Members include the following:

Dr Laurel Macintosh OBE MB BS DO FRACO

Mrs Daphne Buckley OBE BSc BA BEd MEd (Admin) FAIM

Mrs Val Cocksedge OAM, DipHSc

In recognition of the work done by these members: Download list of NCWQ Honorary Life Members (pdf 30kb). Source: NCWQ Annual Reports. Compiled by: Noela O’Donnell 2011- 2012