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Dom joined QORF in September 2015. Previously, Dom worked as recreation coordinator at Seqwater, as a property officer at Caboolture Shire Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council, and in the world of construction before that. Dom’s experience with Seqwater gives him an understanding of the issues facing the outdoor recreation sector, particularly in regard to access to places and increasing opportunities.
Other than a stint working at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, Dom has lived in Queensland his entire life – moving as a child from Brisbane to the Darling Downs, to Longreach and then to a small town near Mackay. Dom has worked in Townsville, Mt Isa, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The end result is a proud Queenslander (who can become slightly obsessed during State of Origin season each year).
Dom enjoys bushwalking, camping, motorbike riding and, more recently is getting into the wonderful world of mountain biking
In 2003, he took time off work to combine these activities into a motorbike trip around Australia, camping and bushwalking along the way – a terrific way of exploring this beautiful country.
“an adventure that recharged and focussed my entire being”
Mark has had a varied career – first working in the entertainment industry as a stage manager and set designer in the theatre, as a lighting designer and for nine years in his own business, Connections Event Management, which specialised in producing theatrical styled events for the corporate sector.
He first worked in the outdoors as a ski patroller at sixteen and before joining Outward Bound New Zealand worked as a freelance guide and rock climbing instructor in Australia. In 1999 he joined Outward Bound New Zealand as an instructor and he has been passionate about personal development work ever since. After almost five years as the Deputy Director for OBNZ he moved to Outward Bound Hong Kong as Director.
His other outdoor interests include rockclimbing, mountaineering (expeditions to three 8000 metre peaks: Everest, Makalu and Shishapangma), sailing (including co-building a 40 foot racing catamaran), tramping and cycling.
Over the last few years he has been further developing his interest in working in personal development and has gained certification in Life Coaching, NLP, Training and Business.
In July 2019, Partnerships Manager, Mark Squires celebrated 10 years working with QORF. The Executive Officers Mark worked with during his time at QORF; Donna Little (2008 – 2013), Murray Stewart (2013 – 2015) and current EO, Dom Courtney (2015 – present), shared a few thoughts … read more
markwsquires.com – more about Mark
Hubertien joined the QORF team in December 2015. She is trained in accounting and the hospitality industry and until recently, has worked for the state government in her local community.
Her passion for the outdoors is evident in her participation and organisation of trail and mountain races. She has represented Australia on several occasions at the World Mountain Running Championships and loves encouraging people to live life outdoors.
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Tim has joined the QORF staff after 35 years involved in outdoor education/recreation. He taught at Maroon OEC in 1980-81 and was foundation secretary of the OEAQ. He obtained his degree in outdoor pursuits from the University of Calgary in Canada. In 1984 he started operating what was to later become Edmund Park. Tim moved to Cairns in 1987 and had a long career in outdoor leadership at the TAFE Queensland North. Many students who graduated from the TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation program are still active as outdoor leaders today.
Tim is a passionate sea kayaker, bushwalker and rides his mountain bike badly.
Imogene has extensive experience managing and coordinating projects, programs, industry membership organisations and large events, as well as developing and leading strategic marketing and initiatives.
Prior to QORF, Imogene lead the Nature Play QLD’s Marketing from 2015. She has spent over five years in the youth arts sector, in peak body organisations that provided member support and industry advocacy: Imogene was Manager of Young People and the Arts Australia and then Creative Director of Youth Arts Queensland.
Imogene holds a degree in Business (Management, Creative Industries Management, Japanese and PR). As a graduate, Imogene first worked in international business corporations, such as Accenture. She most relishes her current work that makes a meaningful contribution to the world, enriches young lives, and supports long-lasting positive change.
Angela’s work in the recreation sector started in 1980 and has continued to this very day. In 1988 she found her natural habitat in local government. She has been advocating, planning and helping provide for outdoor recreation places, spaces, programs and services for her whole career. A short stint in Sport and Recreation Services projected Angela into the outdoor recreation policy area where she began working earnestly advancing outdoor recreation policy and strategy at the local and state government level. Angela finished her local government career in 2017 after working for 17 years for Redland City Council in the Environment Management Group and the City Spaces Group (parks, recreation, conservation, open space and sport planning and operations). During a short retirement Angela continued to run the Nature Play Consultancy Service that she helped set up in 2014/15 as a volunteer. Angela commenced in the position of Program Manager for Nature Play QLD in December 2019, in a world just before Covid19.
Kristy loves to lead a fit and active lifestyle. She is a CrossFit athlete and is deeply interested in nutrition. She currently runs a small business selling healthy snacks to help people lead a healthy and balanced life.
She has 6 years’ experience in social media and marketing as well as carrying a degree in graphic design. She loves to create a two way conversation between like-minded people to help build a community.
Her passion for camping, hiking and travel makes a great fit to encourage children to do the same. She believes that combining health and fitness with outdoor time is the perfect mix to a happy and well-balanced life for the very young to the old.
Rebecca is a passionate advocate for nature play and its immense benefits to support holistic development and wellbeing. She is an educator who loves inspiring others; children, families and educators to play and learn with and in nature. Rebecca loves connecting with land and water and all the living things to learn about the world as a co-learner and collaborator with children. She has over 25 years experience teaching in education settings in rural areas, community based and has focused her work in Early Childhood services. She has a Forest School Leader qualification and is actively working in a nature program aligned with the principles of Forest School that delivers child led outdoor curriculum in Playgroup, Preschool and Primary settings. Rebecca has strong values of sustainability and believes we all can become environmental stewards through active citizenship in our communities.
Rebecca has vast experience supporting students and educators to embrace nature pedagogy and implement nature based learning environments in diverse program settings. She is devoted to sharing concepts of embedding nature in all aspects of education practices and teaching.
In her spare time, Rebecca likes to explore all the stunning scenery the hinterland has to offer in South East Queensland.
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Anya moved to Queensland from the UK in September 2015 with the desire to continue to use her knowledge and experience to promote greater opportunities for children to engage in outdoor nature play based learning.
Whilst completing a degree in Primary Education she developed a professional interest in the area of outdoor nature play provision and took her study into outdoor learning further completing her Master in Education. She later spent five years as an Early Years and Primary teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Anya has created on-site Forest School areas, coordinated a whole school/ community development towards increasing outdoor nature play learning opportunities and has supported and trained colleagues and parents in the importance of regular nature play opportunities. She has also managed and delivered Forest School programs in and out of term times both in a childcare setting and in local woodlands.
In her spare time Anya is thoroughly enjoying exploring and discovering all the outdoor beauty Queensland has to offer.
Estelle spent most of her childhood climbing the giant fig tree planted by her great grandmother on the family farm, playing in the stream and practicing archaeology unearthing bits of broken china in nearby fields with an old toothbrush.
With five years’ of experience in content marketing and copy writing, across both corporate and not for profit sectors and a Business Degree majoring in Communications and Editing, Estelle’s work fuels her passion for effecting change through communication with grassroots communities and advocates.