Community Volunteer

An experienced event organiser and stage manager, Chantelle has a long history of volunteering in her local community.

Over the years she has been involved in many committees. She has served on the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band committee for 13 years, including 8 years as President from 2014 to 2022. She has served two terms on the City of Casey’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee. Through the pandemic she has been a very active committee member on the Australian Ukulele Teachers & Leaders Association (AUTLA), helping ukulele teachers across Australia with technical skills to continue their community programs in an online capacity. She also helped many other not-for-profit groups adapt to new technology during this time.

In the past, she has also been on the committee of BATS Theatre Company, the event committee for a Relay for Life event, and has also served on the Mordialloc Football and Cricket Club Committees.

She has organised many large scale events, stage managed many concerts and productions, helped backstage and in production roles on amateur theatre shows, photographed theatre productions and consulted for community groups.

She has also helped organise major fundraising events such as the City of Casey’s Mayoral Charity Concert – “Casey Cares” – in 2018, which raised money for drought relief. She has also helped with other Casey Cares events in the past fundraising for flood and bushfire relief.

In 2018 she was awarded the very prestigious Lindsay King Arts Award, which is the highest honour awarded by the City of Casey for contribution to the arts.

She was also nominated for Casey Volunteer Awards in 2011 and 2018, and was awarded a Federal “Holt Australia Day Award” in 2016.

Winner of the Lindsay King Arts Award in 2018. I am pictured here with my local ward councillor, Cr. Amanda Stapledon, the then Mayor of the City of Casey, Cr. Geoff Ablett, and the councillor looking after the Arts, Cr. Wayne Smith.
Winner of the Lindsay King Arts Award in 2018
At our 2018 AGM, I was given my 10 year service pin and at the same time awarded life membership of the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band. I have been on their committee approximately 9 of the 10 years I’ve been involved in their group, including almost half of that time as President. This was a big honour. The band also nominates and votes for someone they think has contributed a lot to the organisation over the year, and this year for the first time, they also selected me. What a night!
With my Life Membership plaque from the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band