CHAIR, PUBLIC OFFICER, MEMBERSHIP OFFICER:
Jocelyn Howden is passionate about protecting the natural environment. She was instrumental in the creation of Glenorie Wildlife Refuge, an area of around 80 ha which preserves local flora, birds, reptiles, insects and mammal species in a wildlife corridor between two creeks. Jocelyn has a BA DipEd, is a teacher by training and a registered foster carer. She has worked for the Greens, The Wilderness Society and CSIRO. “I joined HEN as I see it providing locals with an opportunity to help protect the biodiversity, farmland and clean air and water of the Hawkesbury region”. Jocelyn is also a member of the Cattai Hills Environment Network [CHEN] formed to protect the Cattai wetland complex from inappropriate development.
Christine Watson joined the team to much acclaim at our 2017 AGM and has been hard at work assisting on the waste campaign with the Responsible Cafés BYO coffee cup project in our towns. Her background as a former head teacher of science and sustainability is a huge asset to the HEN team.
Dr Michelle Mak is an agricultural scientist and lecturer at Western Sydney University. Michelle is also Treasurer of the Henry Doubleday Research Association of Australia (HDRAA) which runs the Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre and organic community garden. She is an appointed member of the board at Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) the peak industry body for covered crops and nurseries. Michelle is also a regular at the Hawkesbury Climate Action Network (HCAN) and Penrith Hawkesbury Environmental Educators Network (PHEEN)
Michelle is passionate about sustainable and regenerative agriculture, environmental protection, maintaining biodiversity in pollinators and natural animal habitats. She is also focused on reducing waste, food miles, and chemical use, whilst increasing seed biodiversity and climate change resilience.
Sharon Grech joined our Committee in 2018. She is passionate about the reuse, up-cycling and recycling of items to save from landfill. Sharon is a Justice of the Peace, has 30 years administration experience and is a previous small business owner. She has lived in the Hawkesbury for 20 years and co-founded The Remakery in Windsor, also being the co-ordinator of Hawkesbury Boomerang Bags, a great initiative to encourage people to bring their own bag when shopping (and avoid taking a plastic one).
A current Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security student at Western Sydney University, Sally-ann is passionate about preserving and showcasing the Hawkesbury’s agricultural and environmental landscapes along with the rich history as the “Food Bowl”. With other interests in soil regeneration and waste reduction and management, especially food waste, Sally-ann looks forward to establishing her career in and around the peri-urban fringes of Sydney, to enjoy her family ties and the sense of community these areas have to offer.
OTHER COMMITEE MEMBERS
- Lyn Ward