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 Board 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.


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

Chair Person

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 building businesses 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.


Vice – Chair Person

Peter Meintanis

Peter is the Dean at St Spyridon College and has spent 33 years in education and 30 years in educational leadership. Peter’s qualifications include Masters of Physical Education at the University of New England and Bachelor of Applied Science at UNSW.

Living locally, Peter is positioned to empathise with the needs of the local community and contribute to the growing projects GCAIS undertakes in the areas of Youth Leadership and Forums. Through personal experiences, Peter has had first hand exposure to supporting parents through the Home Care Packages-an initiative in the updated GCAIS strategic plan.


Jacqui Knight

Jacqui has spent 14 years as an Executive Assistant and a Business Development Manager across a variety of industries, resulting in the creation of her own Virtual Assistant business providing company secretariat, executive assistance, administration, event management and marketing support to businesses.
She is passionate about bringing all of her corporate knowledge to Small Business owners who need assistance to enable them to focus on growing their business.
Jacqui’s other passion is supporting for purpose organisations and more specifically making sure their Boards are operating with good governance.



Board Members

Carol McKirdy

Carol is an educator and an oral historian and, in both fields, she is a published author in Australia and overseas. She currently works in adult education at TAFE NSW and is Head Teacher of Literacy and English Language at Sutherland TAFE. She is passionate about giving adult ‘second chance’ learners opportunities to meet their potential in fundamental literacy and language skills, further vocational training, at work and for their personal life in the community.

Carol is an award-winning oral historian and has recorded oral histories for businesses, organisations, museums and libraries. She brings knowledge of adults striving to improve their education and work opportunities and background knowledge of the diverse communities of Sutherland Shire.

Tim Jenson

Tim Jenson is a dedicated business development manager and strategic leader, complemented by hands-on operational expertise.  Tim shares enthusiastic commitment to driving growth, networking with businesses and the community, to uncovering untapped market opportunities, nurturing crucial client relationships, or orchestrating cross-functional collaborations.
Academically anchored by a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), a cornerstone that amplifies his strategic acumen and provides a holistic comprehension of business intricacies. Complementing this is his unique qualification in Landscape Construction. This diverse background drives Tim’s passion to advocate for community well-being and community participation. His long-standing presence in the Sutherland Shire, combined with his dedication to community service will actively contribute to the betterment of the GCAIS community.

Renee Hall

Renee brings to the board a talent in developing compelling strategy. Her qualifications include a Masters of Management, Bachelor of Commerce,  Marketing and Hospitality Management. She works with senior leaders and their teams to deliver creative solutions to important business development strategies.

Renee has a demonstrated history of working in B2B and is also skilled in business planning, customer relationship management (CRM), marketing, mentoring, management and account management.

Our Team



Joanne Cracknell


Connections Manager

Rita Napolitano

Settlement & Multicultural

Services Manager

Jenny Grey



Inna Bourikova


Leanne Muir

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

Maximise and leverage the skills and capabilities of GCAIS to provide valued services and programs to our community

& Growth

Developing business programs across all GCAIS services to capitalise on new opportunities for sponsorship, funding, grants and donations. Identifying potential partnerships to grow our services. Leveraging GCAIS’s brand to increase range, quality and service delivery areas and allow GCAIS to compete in a rapidly changing environment.

Client Focus

Actively engage with our current and potential client base to gain feedback that results in the design of solutions, growing the support we provide to the community.

New Programs and Services

Create and align programs and services to the GCAIS Vision, Mission and Purpose statements and produce a relevant, well-researched and structurally sound offering to our clients.


Create a “Fit for Purpose” organisation including office functions, reporting technology and governance requirements.