The first in a series of posts introducing you to the volunteer members of the management committee.
My name is Martin Ford.
I live in Annandale just near the light rail with my two kids April and Hartley and my wife Juanita. During the week I’m a strategist at a design agency called Boccalatte.
I have fun re-living my Fine-Art-degree-past, painting or drawing with the kids and enjoy sharing the photos I’ve taken of family and friends.
In the occasional small gaps between all this I try to grab some “me time” doing some yoga, riding my bike or running down by the water in Bicentenial Park.
I took on the role of president of the management committee in January this year.
I run the committee meetings and work with the committee, directors and educators to maintain and improve the centre.
I enjoyed working with the committee last year and was inspired by the energy and efforts of the other volunteer committee members.
I think the key to a community based organisation like Styles Street is to get as many people involved as possible.
There are loads of ways of chipping in — supporting the staff on library trips, donating prizes for fundraising events, or helping out at a working bee at the centre. All of these things improve the opportunities for the kids and the environment in which they learn.
I hope, as a committee, we can find a way to help everyone feel like they’ve made a difference at Styles Street.