WHAT WE'RE ABOUT!
The Patterson Lakes Community Centre Inc (PLCC) is a not-for-profit organisation which has been in operation since 1985.
In 2008-2009 the centre underwent a major redevelopment which included new halls, office facilities, and a complete refurbishment of the existing building. Also part of the redevelopment was the building of a new Kingston Library, including computer facilities.
PLCC offers a range of social, recreational and personal development activities for males and females of all ages.
It is not only a place for learning and wellbeing, but a place to have fun and make new friends.
Overseen by a committee of management, the centre is managed by a small staff led by centre manager Marisa Nowak and supported by a loyal band of volunteers.
Meet the Team
PLCC staff from left to right Marisa Nowak (centre manager), Betty Blake (PLCC volunteer), Seacia Christensen (communications, Marketing, Program coordinator), Sue Riddle (Accounts Officer), Eva Molina (PLCC program Coordinator)
What is a Community Centre
A Community Centre otherwise known as a neighbourhood houses brings people from all walks of life and abilities together to play, learn, connect, create and contribute to their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a unique community development approach.
Community development is about enabling communities to identify and address their own needs. It starts from the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution. Community development practice is about doing with, rather than doing for.
Community Centre’s welcome people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make.
Community Centres are governed by volunteer committees and run by paid staff, others managed by local government or other organisations. Some provide quality, affordable childcare. Most can provide pre-accredited adult education courses and some are Registered Training Organisations that offer certificate and diploma courses. All offer opportunities to participate, learn, volunteer and get to know your community.
Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants. Among the most common are:
- Health and wellbeing activities
- Art and craft
- Computer training / digital literacy / Internet access
- Community events
- Community lunches / Social eating groups
- Self help and support groups
- Seniors' groups
- Life skills education
- Play groups
- English as a Second Language
Above: Patterson Lakes Community Centre pre-renovations 1986-2008 (left) and the new building before signage, and today.
PLAY - enjoyment, amusement, or light-hearted pleasure.
I demonstrate fun by:
LEARN - gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.
I demonstrate learn by:
CONNECT - the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
I demonstrate connection by:
CREATE – respect by showing due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.
I create and demonstrate respect by:
To be a lead in building a dynamic, diverse and inclusive community centre where every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential.
We achieve this by
The benefits of all Patterson Lakes Community Centre programs, activities and events are wide-ranging and include health, exercise, social and self-esteem outcomes for participants. These benefits in-turn positively impact our participants and the community at large.
PLCC Committee of Management
PLCC is managed by members of the community elected to a committee of management. Meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6pm.
The committee employs a full-time manager, two part-time office staff and a bookkeeper who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the centre. Gymnastics coaches and a number of tutors are also employed.
The committee relies heavily on our small band of volunteers who assist with a variety of tasks such as administration, fundraising, manning the kiosk, running special events and maintenance.
PLCC committee of management for 2016-17.
Committee of Management:
Stephen Hill, President
Cameron Leslie, Treasurar
Darryl Jarman, Vice Chair
Tony Harding, Secretary
Vageesh Nonavinakere, committee member
Nathan Ross, committee member
Bruce Johnston, committee member
Nathan Ross, committee member
Vageesh Nonavinakere, committee member.
Marisa Nowak, Manager
Sue Riddle, Accounts
Eva Molina, Activities Coordinator
Seacia Christensen, Communications Officer
Seacia Christensen, Gymnastics Program Coordinator
Tutors, Trainers & Coaches:
Chess: Branko Radunovich
Exercise: Debbie Warrick Mannens
Yoga: Karen Tully
Gymnastics: Daria Corrigan (head coach); Emma Robinson; Ella Holt; Lauren Howlett; Rebecca Rimmer; Katie Edgar (junior volunteer trainee coach), Anna-Maria Rabottini (trainee coach), Jasmine De Chene (trainee coach), Natasha Robinson (Trainee coach), Natasha Robinson (Trainee Coach).