New blood to take foundation forward

Casey Cardinia Foundation accountant Kamya Rook, left, executive officer Therese Howell, right, and chairman Paul Thomas, third from left, with new directors, from left, Carina Tomietto, Kristine Ash and Norm Davidson. 154130

THE Casey Cardinia Foundation has received a significant injection of knowledge and skills with the appointment of three new directors.
Carina Tomietto, Kristine Ash and Norm Davidson were last month inducted, to help fill the vacancies left by retiring board members Jack Mitchell and Andrew Facey.
Chairman Paul Thomas said the foundation carried out a transparent and open process seeking expressions of interest from the community to fill the vacant board positions.
“We received a number of excellent applications, conducted a thorough interview process and in the end the decision was a difficult one,” he said.
“The foundation is lucky to have people the calibre of Carina Tomietto, Norm Davidson and Kristine Ash join the board, with each providing different skills.
“We are looking forward to taking the foundation to the next level and are excited with the team on the board, as well as the leadership of executive officer Therese Howell and accountant Kamya Rook.”
Ms Tomietto already sits on the Outlook and 4Cs boards, previously worked at Windermere and has a background in business as founder of the Home Baked Cookie Company.
She has a particular interest in social impact measurements and is currently studying in that field.
Ms Ash has a strong charitable background, is heavily involved in community groups around Cardinia and currently works for online fund-raising platform Everyday Hero.
She has a strong knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and governance laws and is an executive member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Mr Davidson also has a strong philanthropic and community background with experience in fund-raising and event management.
The manager of the Bendigo Bank Pakenham branch is an ambassador for Oz Child and currently works closely with the Cardinia Casey Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch committee, the Fish for Life initiative and he sits on the Lakeside and Heritage Springs residents groups.
The foundation is now seeking applications for its latest round of community grants.
Community, arts and environmental groups are invited to apply.
Applications open on Monday 20 June and close at 5pm on Friday 15 July. Application forms are available on the Foundation website www.caseycardiniafoundation.org

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