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.

Board

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.

Secretary

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.

Treasurer

Vacant

Board Members

Tracey McDonald

Dr McDonald worked as a Professor and foundation Chair of Ageing at ACU in North Sydney for fifteen years. She was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012 for her work with United Nations Expert Groups and developing public health and social welfare policy.
For over twelve years, Tracey represented on the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) policy forum. She is nationally and internationally renowned for her work on older adult quality of life (LTC-QoL scale) and safeguarding older adults’ health and human rights.
Tracey has published extensively on a range of topics related to ageing, healthcare access by older Australians, quality of life and care services. Currently, she is a consultant clinical gerontologist and speaker engaged with promoting significant issues in aged care, corrections health, occupational health and policy issues.

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.

Eleanor Gough

TBC

Our Team

General

Manager

Joanne Cracknell

Community

Connections Manager

Rita Napolitano

Settlement & Multicultural

Services Manager

Jenny Grey

Corporate

Services

Inna Bourikova

Reception

Leanne Muir

Vision & Objectives

Our Vision

To bridge connections, open doors and enrich the lives of all

Our Mission

At Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS), we build upon our reputation to deliver high quality information and services to members of our community.

We will continue to foster community networks through our groups, evidence-based programs and activities.

Our Purpose

Connecting people to opportunities, resources and each other.

Strategic Plan

2023–2026

People
& Culture

Continue our strict governance and compliance environment to ensure  a “fit for purpose” organisation, maximizing on the skills and competencies of our staff and volunteers. 

Infrastructure &
Financial Viability

Continue to provide resources that enable and align to GCAIS expansion and growth.  

Service to Clients

Deliver exceptional services to existing and new clients evolving around our current programs and services offered to meet the current and future expectations of the 50+ age group within St George and Sutherland. 

Expansion on our Existing
Programs & Services

Continue to explore the opportunities to introduce and expand upon existing programs and services that arise through sponsorships, funding and grants. Look to increase products and services for under 65s and include Youth Programs as a regular offering rather than just project based. 

Focus on the Health & Wellbeing
of our Clients

Highlight GCAIS’s health and wellbeing offerings