Key positions and officeholders are:

Acting President – Erin Cunningham

Erin has been a member since 2014, after being awarded the inaugural NCWQ Moreton Bay Regional Council Bursary, for her volunteer work in her local community.  Erin has extensive involvement with youth community organisations across Brisbane, in particular Leo and Lions Clubs, where in 2012 she formed and chartered the continuously growing Samford Leo Club.  Since graduating High School, Erin’s volunteer opportunities have expanded and her involvement has grown, taking her across Australia and overseas.

Erin’s passions lie in assisting youth and families in need, and coordinating fundraisers and events for volunteer organisations, spanning a variety of causes.  Erin is also in her fourth year of a dual Bachelor of Business/Laws (Hons) at QUT, with an aspiration to practise law in the near future.


Honorary Treasurer – Paula Ivanovic

Paula has been an active member of Quota International for nearly 30 years. She has been involved in many community service projects during her time in the organisation. She is currently a delegate from Quota International of Brisbane City Inc and has been for about 10 years. She served as an Honorary Treasurer for NCWQ 2013 – 2017.

A CPA, she worked in the accounting field with Telstra for 35 years and since returning in 2014 has made the most of her leisure time, indulging in her favourite passions, travel, reading and solving cryptic crosswords.

Paula was born and schooled in western Queensland and has a special interest in the plight of the farming communities, many of whom are suffering increasing stress from the current drought.


Honorary Secretary – Avril Kent

Avril arrived in Australia with her husband and two young children in January 1976. During her working life she has worked in child care, lifestyle lecturing and for well over 25 years in the examination department at QUT (in a part time capacity). Now retired (but busier than ever), she is coming up to her 30th anniversary of membership with Quota International where she has held many positions including Governor of the 30th District (now Region 13). Avril is a keen golfer and has been President of her golf club at one time, while serving on the committee in many roles over the years. Avril became an Associate member of NCWQ in 2011 after serving as a delegate to Q1 Brisbane City for some years, and became a member of the Management Committee and served in the capacity of Honorary Secretary for four years from 2012 – 2016.


Recording Secretary – Noela O’Donnell AM

Noela O’Donnell AM, a delegate from the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) has been an active member of the NCWQ Management Committee for 13 years. She has held various positions including that of President from 2011 – 2015.

For over 6 years, she has been a Board Member of the National Council of Women of Australia Ltd. (NCWA)

Noela was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List for “significant contribution to regional and remote women, medical research fundraising and to the community”.

 Management Committee

Kathy Cavanagh

kathy-copy-copyKathy has been involved with NCWQ since 2011, and has been associated with ESA for many years. Now 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 OAM

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.


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.


NCWQ Honorary Life Members

NCWQ Honorary Life Members include the following:

Dr Laurel Macintosh OBE MB BS DO FRACO

Mrs Ailsa Scurr

Mrs Val Cocksedge OAM, DipHSc

In recognition of the work done by these members: Download list of NCWQ Honorary Life Members for 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 (pdf 30kb). Source: NCWQ Annual Reports. Compiled by: Noela O’Donnell 2011- 2012

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