Our Life Members

Pat Anderson

Life Member

The late Pat Anderson volunteered for almost 10 years in the Transport Services division of Volunteering Gold Coast, retiring in 2013.

Working as a volunteer Administration Assistant for almost 5 years, Pat was critical in the initial set up of the Transport Services.

For a further 5 years, she performed a paid Administration Officer role, while still continuing to volunteer on a regular basis. Pat and her faithful canine companion Abby, were regarded as colourful characters at Volunteering Gold Coast. Pat was inducted as a Life Member for outstanding service at Volunteering Gold Coast.

John Hyman

Life Member

John joined Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services as a volunteer in 2003. His main role was a driver for the original Shopping Club service, and in the early days, he was joined by his wife Lorraine who would accompany him on the Thursday service to The Pines.

John has been both loyal and flexible in his support for Transport Services and his can-do approach to driving has been a model for the vast number of drivers we have today. John was inducted as a Life Member for outstanding service as a volunteer staff member of Volunteering Gold Coast.

John Dennett

Life Member

John Dennett commenced as a volunteer driver with Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services in early 2004. John was a volunteer driver for the Shopping Club service in its early days and later, with the Transport Consortium, John joined the Anglicare team. 

In more recent years John has been a driver for the Shared Transport service. John is one of a colourful group of drivers who ensures our clients have fun. John was inducted as a Life Member for outstanding service as a volunteer staff member of Volunteering Gold Coast.

Sandra Sutherland

Life Member

From the time of her first appointment until her retirement in June 2017, Sandra epitomised the notion of services to the community, the organisation and her team.

It was Sandra’s commitment to transport clients that inspired and motivated Australia’s first community transport consortium. 

Sandra is loved and respected by everyone within the team and all who connected with her across the community. She greatly deserves this Life Membership recognition.

Peter Mark

Life Member

Peter Mark has contributed more than 20 years of service to Volunteering Gold Coast and is currently Chair of the Board.

Previously, as the Gold Coast Home and Community Care (HACC) Area Manager, Peter’s support and ideas were critical in the establishment of Volunteering Gold Coast Transport Services.

Peter’s capacity to understand organisational behaviour and leadership in a dynamic organisation and establishing an inclusive culture, have been crucial elements to the success of Volunteering Gold Coast.

We recognise Peter with this induction as a Life Member for outstanding service as a volunteer staff member of Volunteering Gold Coast.

Joy-Anne Fisher

Life Member

Joy-Anne was appointed to the Volunteering Gold Coast Management Committee in October 2007.
Her tireless passion and experience within the Not-For-Profit sector has been beneficial in Volunteering Gold Coast embracing change and identifying the need for innovation and community market share.

Joy-Anne has continued her family’s legacy with the organisation and is a pivotal member of the Board as Vice Chair.

Joy-Anne’s dedication to the organisation for over 15 years is the catalyst of her becoming a Life Member. In 2017 Joy-Anne was made a Life Member of Volunteering Gold Coast.

Anita Brennan

Life Member

Anita was an inaugural member of the Volunteering Gold Coast Board of Directors and served various capacities during her 16 years of service. Anita’s advocacy for community organisations ensured that there was always a voice for our clients and members.

As the Manager of Southern Gold Coast 60s and Better, Anita was able to shape Volunteering Gold Coast with a strong community focus ensuring we kept with our grass roots within the community. Her ability to be objective meant there was always a place for innovation and growth in the organisation.

Anita served until 2013 when she retired, and is recognised as a Life Member for her outstanding service as a volunteer of Volunteering Gold Coast.

Jason Hayden

Life Member

Jason’s time as Chair of the Board at Volunteering Gold Coast enabled the organisation to enhance its community driven reputation, adopting strong business practices.

Jason’s strength as a leader and his ability to encourage and galvanise the vision and energy of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, led to a substantial increase in services and significant improvement in the quality of services provided.

His leadership saw Volunteering Gold Coast win a cluster of regional, state and national business and Not-For-Profit excellence awards. Jason is inducted as a Life Member for outstanding service as a volunteer staff member of Volunteering Gold Coast.


Dorothy Williams OAM

Life Member

Dorothy has been widely acclaimed in the Gold Coast community for her vision and foresight as the founder of Volunteering Gold Coast Inc.

Over the years, as the unofficial mother figure of the organisation, Dorothy has nurtured and supported countless staff and managers to ensure the entire team met the challenges of their community development roles.

As the CEO of FSG Australia Dorothy established the fledgling volunteer resource centre. Dorothy was Volunteering Gold Coast Inc.’s inaugural President and her guidance and support for the Board of Directors and managers of the organisation are regarded as the forefront of community development.

Dorothy was inducted as a Life Member for outstanding service as a volunteer staff member of Volunteering Gold Coast. 

John Muller

Life Member

John has volunteered with Volunteering Gold Coast for over 12 years. He has been instrumental in developing the Community Liaison Department as well as creating huge awareness of the Volunteering Gold Coast brand and services.

He has tirelessly worked on major campaigns including International Day of People With Disabilities, and has been the instigator in building lifelong partnerships with Hospitals, RSL’s and clubs, Probos and more on the Gold Coast.

John’s hugely successful career as Managing Director of Terrafirma Consulting, Personnel Manager at Coles, National Operations Manager at Ella Bache to name a few, enabled him to apply his corporate experience into VGC on a national scale. Specialising in training and development, behavioural change, business innovation and more. Volunteering Gold Coast are so grateful for his passion, creativity and strategic contribution to the organisation.

Terry and Wendy Kelly

Life Members

Terry and Wendy volunteered for VGC for 10 years (2008-2018), Terry as a driver and Wendy as his assistant. 

They were a very popular couple  servicing the Thursday Shopping run, driving once or twice a week on the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Cancer Treatment Transport, taking our elderly clients on Outings around the Gold Coast and beyond, and also driving on our community circuit. 

They both gave time to the WH & S committee where Terry’s experience in his previous job was very valuable and Wendy acted as secretary. 

Over the years Terry and Wendy have given an enormous amount of time to our organisation for which the community cannot thank them enough.

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