The Wollumbin Family Support Team

NATALIE
President

Natalie is a Counsellor, Art Therapist and Yoga Teacher with a love for people and a passion for living life to its fullest. Natalie has worked for many years with non-government organisations supporting disadvantaged young people and their families via counselling and group work. Natalie has also taught over 1000 yoga classes. Natalie moved to the Northern Rivers nearly two years ago and contributes to WFS as a board member.

Natalie has a degree in Social Science majoring in Counselling, a graduate certificate in Art Therapy, several diplomas in Yoga teaching and is presently studying a Masters in Social Work

MARTY RUBENSTEIN
Public Officer

Marty has worked as a Massage Practitioner and Counsellor for over thirty years and has been involved in creating and facilitating Mens groups, Mens Sheds and Landcare organisations as well as contributing to global fundraising initiatives and third-world projects. Having relocated from Melbourne in 1985, Marty, his wife and five children transformed their lives – calling the Tweed Valley “home”. The deep sense of place and belonging Marty found in this area greatly contributed to his desire to build local networks and positive social engagement.

Marty has a strong drive to be a part of and contribute to this community, and to assist people to experience enriching connection with each other. With additional management and organisational experience, and an interest in social networking, Marty brings focus to establishing quality relationships. Marty believes we all have a part to play in providing a connected, safe and supportive community for all.

DIANE ASHMORE
Board Member

Diane was the third female bank manager in Australia which, in those days, was an achievement for women.

Diane & her husband, Ern, have been foster parents since 1988 and, upon her retirement in 1998, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide with children with intellectual difficulties at Condell Park All 2004 when they moved here. Since then she has been a teacher’s aide at Dungay Public, Girl Guide leader, secretary of the Banana Festival, committee member of Murwillumbah Hospital Auxiliary, volunteer at The Family Centre, Tweed Heads and volunteer administration officer for Story Dogs. She is the secretary of Wollumbin Family Support, a service for victims of domestic violence. She was the treasurer and president of Tweed Valley Women’s Service from 2004-2015 and the President of Nokia Toastmasters for 7 years. Diane brings a depth of experience in finance & governance to any position for which she volunteers.

Diane always was, and always will be, passionate about “Women’s Liberation” and carries those ideals about reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. She wants to make a difference to the lives of as many people she can touch in the Tweed Valley. Diane and her husband moved to Murwillumbah 15 years ago. They used to holiday in the area and it always felt like they were coming home.

In recognition of the extensive contribution to women’s safety and their children Wollumbin Family Support Awarded Diane along with Tracy Asby the Living Legends Award in 2019.

KAREN HILLEN
HR Consultant

Karen is an HR Consultant providing HR services to small businesses. Tapping into more than 25 years’ experience in Human Resources, staffing and payroll, Karen loves helping businesses to get the best out of their people.

Karen recently moved to the Northern Rivers and wanted to contribute to the local community. She became a volunteer with WFSI and is now very happy to be a member of the WFSI Board.

Karen is a Certified HR Coach with a Diploma in Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in WHS. She also is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

NARELLE MURRAY
Committee Member

My name is Narelle Murray and I have been living in the Tweed Coast area for 21 years. I have two teenagers and often remind them how lucky we are to live here.

I have been in community aged care for 10 years and love helping people.

I Love swimming at the beach, yoga, bike riding, travel and being a mum. I also enjoy reading and massages.

I look forward to helping the committee reach their goals.

RENEE
Committee Member
Program Coordinator
Love Bites Lead Facilitator

 

Renee has been a primary teacher for over 16 years and has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Masters of Teaching. One of her career highlights was taking 2 students to the Quay Branley Museum in Paris, to attend the opening of the Violia International Art Competition, where her class art work was hung as the Australasian Winner.

She derives great joy from working with gifted and talented students and students with additional needs. She is trauma informed and has also been a foster carer.

Renee recently moved to the Northern Rivers and has a deep love of art and creative expression. Renee believes respectful and meaningful relationships are essential for the well being of the members of our community. When people feel seen and heard they feel safe, when they feel safe they can create and when they create they can flourish.