We’re a highly skilled team of dedicated and passionate therapists, horticulturalists, cooks and individuals. We believe in what we teach at The Gawler Cancer Foundation and we see the difference it makes to the lives of those who walk through our doors. We work as a team to bring the very best educational lifestyle support and services to people faced with life’s biggest challenge, a diagnosis of cancer or multiple sclerosis. We’re also dedicated to building strength and resilience in individuals who are at a cross roads or simply want more out of life.
Front Office Team
I have enjoyed a great career spanning the globe in start-ups, founder-operated businesses and corporate organisations, which has furnished me with many skills for my role here as CEO of The Gawler Cancer Foundation; and it is an extraordinary opportunity to integrate my personal values with an organisation that is transforming the lives of so many people.
I started my study of Eastern philosophy and meditation at the age of 11, where I found that meditation and Qigong could still my ever-active and creative mind, and lift my focus. I spent many years immersed in both the hard and soft aspects of martial arts, and my journey led me to Japan at twenty-years of age, where I lived for ten years.
My family has sadly been touched by cancer and other illnesses, and so my role as CEO extends beyond the role, it has something deeply personal attached to it.
The Gawler Cancer Foundation has an extremely strong position in its field. The programs, the 7 essential elements and the network of generous supporters have served it well over the years. Everywhere I look, I see such potential. Potential to expand the amazing work that the Foundation delivers. Potential to share our learning and experience. Potential to help so many more people.
GM – Facilities
With over two decades of dedicated service, Jodi is a wealth of historical knowledge about our foundation. She enjoys horse riding, gardening, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Marketing Communications Manager
Always open for a conversation, Mary enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life, talking about topics that matter, and a good belly laugh. When she’s not at her desk, she’s usually either at the gym, practising (or teaching) yoga, latin dancing, or trying out new plant-based eats.
Lives to laugh, be silly and practice Yoga. Lisa adores her boys, family and friends and is known for her ability to construct Lego playsets in under 1 minute.
Bubbly and always willing to lend a hand. When she is not fundraising, Sue doubles as our social events coordinator and in-house database extraordinaire. Understandably, in her spare time she enjoys a bit of peace and quiet.
Client Services & Marketing Administration
Team Leader – Client Services
Loves anything and everything to do with outdoor adventures, whether it be riding motorbike riding, mountain bike riding, hiking with friends/family or running solo for hours in the beautiful hills of the Yarra Valley. Enjoys great conversation, travelling and people watching!
Jadie has a passion for helping support and guide others. She has a natural ability to connect with many people, from all walks of life. Outside of work, her creativity is expressed through writing, reinventing recycled goods, singing, and she particularly enjoys rocking out to her favourite tunes. Nurturing her vegetable garden and connecting with mother earth is where she finds her inner solitude. She feels that serving the fruits of her labour to her three devoted children, is by far the greatest gift she is able to share with her cherished ones
Heather has 20 years’ experience working in Not for Profit Organisations. She loves to strategise, organise and streamline to see the best outcome and experience for participants. Meditation and Wellness are a passion for Heather, and she is privileged to play her part in making a difference in the lives of families touched by cancer and other illness’. Heather relishes the best part of the day – sunrise, and the reminder that each sunrise brings ‘It is what we do today that matters the most’.
Around the Centre – Catering, Resources, Housekeeping, Gardens and Grounds
Stacey has been a qualified Chef for over 25 years with a diverse hospitality background as Executive Chef at several award-winning restaurants, as well her own restaurant. She has been with The Gawler Foundation for almost 5 years. Now studying health science and nutrition, her passion is still food but with an emphasis on health and wellbeing and sharing her passion and knowledge for embracing a whole-food plant based approach.
Resource Centre Manager
Jo is a qualified Aromatherapist and believes in the holistic mind body approach to wellbeing. Has a love of books and can be found surrounded by them the Resource Centre. Jo also interested in photography, Supercars racing and taking road trips around Australia.
Passionate about organic gardening of all types from weeds & herbs to compost & soil health and even using plants as medicines for plants. When not working Wendy is doing whatever it takes to avoid housework including walking with Yenna, relaxing with Yenna or more gardening.