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QORF is administered by the Management Committee which consists of seven members, with the option for two additional persons to be co-opted. The Management Committee must include at least two representatives from the Ordinary membership and two representatives from the Associate membership.
Virginia (Ginny) Mitchell has spent her entire adult working life as a leader in the field of led-outdoor activities and programs both Australia and overseas. She has led groups of all ages, abilities and from multiple backgrounds. Ginny is currently involved in training emerging outdoor leaders, working as a lecturer in outdoor education at Australia Catholic University in Brisbane. She is a strategic thinker who knows intimately, through years of practice, the challenges and opportunities associated with participation in sustainable outdoor experiences.
She is also the current President of the Outdoor Educators’ Association of Queensland and has been involved in developing the Outdoor Education community and profession over the past 10 years.
Ginny’s objective in life is to take every single opportunity to equip and empower individuals, communities and organisations, to be able to either experience or facilitate, meaningful and memorable outdoor experiences.
Angela has been in recreation and sport in local government since 1988 and has during this time has been advocating and planning for outdoor recreation places, spaces, programs and services. A short stint in Sport and Recreation Qld (1998-2000) projected Angela in the outdoor recreation policy area and she has been working solidly since then advancing outdoor recreation policy and strategy at the local government level. Angela worked for the last 17 years for Redland City Council in the City Spaces Group (parks, sport and recreation). She is currently semi-retired but continues to do voluntary work with Nature Play Qld in the play spaces area and other consultancy work
Murray Stewart is a strategic, multidisciplinary administrator with an eye for innovation and a passion for the outdoors. He has worked in a gamut of locations and industries from the race department in Whistler Canada, to Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, to Garapine Outdoor Education Centre and still struggles with sitting still in an office. Murray also possesses a Bachelor of Business and a MBA specialising in environmental management and sustainable development plus all the usual outdoor qualifications in mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, bushwalking, etc. Still a farm boy at heart Murray and his wife Natasha own a cattle property near Gympie and spend most weekends there with their 2 children. Murray’s hidden talent is an unexplained ability to aggravate horses and turn the mildest mannered pony into a rodeo bronc.
Ian is the Scouts Queensland representative for QORF. Ian has been involved with Scouting since he was 8 years old and it was through Scouting that he developed a life long passion for the outdoor environment, bushwalking, camping and kayaking. He has had over 35 years as a volunteer Scout Leader. Ian also has Scout instructor appointments for bushwalking and canoeing; he has a state policy role for canoeing and water activities; he is an assessor for Scouts Australia Institute of Training (RTO); and he is the Chair of the Management Committee of the Tyamolum Scout Camp at Mt. Crosby.
Born into a family of paddlers, the outdoors has played a large and important part of Allana’s life. As CEO of the family business, Rosco Canoes, Allana plays an integral part of ensuring individuals, schools, outdoor centres and government agencies have access to quality Australian designed and manufactured canoes and kayaks.
Like her dad before her, Allana has been a part of the sport’s development in Australia for over 20 years. A qualified canoe and kayak instructor and coach – educating, inspiring, equipping and nurturing other’s passion for the outdoors is fundamental to Allana’s way of life. She believes in the benefits of a holistic approach to education through the outdoors and is always aware of identifying opportunities for constant and never ending improvement for her own personal skills and development in the outdoors.
Alana is passionate about encouraging active participation in grassroots recreation and sport. Her experiences as a senior school student involved with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games not only got her out of double periods of maths, but also opened her eyes to the potential impacts such an event can have on a host city.
Alana is a leisure management alumni of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Alana’s research and professional activities have focused on the role of physical activity and large-scale events in the community, and in particular, the legacies to be realised across the recreation and sport sector. Her PhD investigated the sport development legacies of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, and highlighted the importance of organisational readiness and collaboration in facilitating legacies to sport.
Alana has walked the colourful and sometimes challenging path between academic research and industry practice, to bring the best of both worlds together and to develop solutions for contemporary issues across our community facing active participation in recreation and sport. Her work features in academic and industry publications and has informed a number of industry research and strategy projects. Her key interests include active participation, inclusive programming, organisational capacity and organisational collaboration.