About Us

Gymea Community Aid & Information Service Inc (GCAIS) was established in 1975 by a passionate group of local residents.  We are now an incorporated not-for-profit association based in Gymea which provides services across the Sutherland Shire and into St George.

We have a small paid staff and dedicated volunteer team, overseen by a volunteer Management Committee elected from among our members.

GCAIS receives funding from a range of local, state and commonwealth government agencies and relies heavily on community support to fund and run our services.

Management Committee

Gymea Community Aid & Information Service (GCAIS) is overseen by a volunteer Management Committee, elected from our membership base in line with our constitution.

President & Treasurer

Peter Eaton

Peter has an extensive background in Finance and Accounting with over 20 years experience. He is currently the Deputy Director of Finance for the South East Sydney Local Health District, and prior to that held a number of corporate roles with private and public companies.  Peter joined the Management Committee  following his experiences with the Sutherland Food Services, where he acted as a volunteer driver.  Through this experience Peter witnessed firsthand the isolation that can impact the aged in our community and joined GCAIS to help improve services.

Vice President

Lisa Conyers

Lisa is a social worker and has been a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers for 25 years. Lisa has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Counselling and worked in the community sector for 15 years. Lisa currently teaches full-time in the Community Services section with Sydney Institute of TAFE, based at the Loftus campus.


Wendy Ducasse

Throughout her career, Wendy has held a number of roles as Personal Assistant to executives of large public companies with duties including preparation and distribution of material to Board members and assisting Directors where required.
For the 10 years prior to her retirement, Wendy was secretary to the General Manager of a travel industry company during which time she undertook TAFE study in travel and tourism and, training and development.
Wendy has volunteered for the Australian Red Cross and the Wollongong Branch of the Cancer Council where her duties included updating the computerised contact lists. Currently, Wendy is also secretary to her local Probus Club.

Committee Members

Marcio Salgado

Marcio has extensive experience in Marketing and Trade in the FMCG sector, throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has held such positions as Trade Marketing Director for the Americas region as well as being a Board Member in an Australian company. Most recently has been working on various consulting projects.


Kaye Herald

Kaye has held various not for profit board memberships and is currently a Director of LGK Management Pty Ltd which trades as Flexi Display Systems. She brings a keen focus on business building having worked from 2005 – 2014 as Managing Director for RICS, responsible for Oceania and Asia Pacific.  She has worked as a CEO in the Professional Services Industry since 1999 prior to which she held various General Management roles in the Logistics industry sector.

Our Team



Joanne Cracknell


Connections Manager

Rita Napolitano

Settlement & Multicultural

Services Manager

Jenny Grey



Katrina Vavdinos

Mona Chui

Mission & Objectives

Our Vision

To be a dynamic community force in bringing self-reliance, dignity and well-being to people’s lives.

Our Mission

At Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS), we are uniquely positioned to build the aspirations of individuals and families to achieve inclusiveness, independence and participation in the community while recognising diversity and desire for well-being.

Our long standing presence in Sutherland Shire draws on both staff and volunteers to provide information and associated support services to the general community, our ageing members and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Through social groups, planned programs and activities, we strengthen and promote individual’s self-determination, enriching the broader community.

Strategic Plan



& Culture

At Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS), we are uniquely positioned to build the aspirations of individuals and families to achieve inclusiveness, independence and participation in the community while recognising diversity and desire for well-being.


& Growth

Developing business programs across all GCAIS services to investigate new opportunities for sponsorships, funding, grants and donations. Identifying potential partnerships to grow our services.


& Analysis

Identifying and engaging formal and informal research partners in order to align to the immediate and future needs of our community.


& Services

Review and realign programs and services to the GCAIS Vision and Mission and produce a relevant, well researched and structurally sound offering to our clients.


& Reporting

Consolidating and streamlining back office functions, reporting and IT resources to meet governance requirements and better manage relationships with our stakeholders.