Chamber Members in the Community

WOMB (women multitasking in business) International Women’s Day Breakfast 

Organisers ~ Susan Hughes & Mandy Taylor

Councillor Emma Heyde said ‘This breakfast was an amazing event and we all felt so lucky being there. I know everyone on my table felt so looked after and valued. The speakers were incredible. I haven’t stopped thinking about what Lianne went through, and how Susan changed all those lives with her focus on Aboriginal Studies. A special thank you to the organisers Susan Hughes & Mandy Taylor ~ our guests are full of admiration.’

Guests of the President of the Hornsby Chamber of commerce, Mandy Taylor and support Chamber Member Susan Hughes, celebrating International Women’s Day were treated to inspirational talks by local leaders Susan Bridge, Principal of Cheltenham Girls High and Lianne Bolton, volunteer & treasurer of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter.  At venue PCYC Blue Star Café, Susan Bridge spoke on The Challenges of Girls’ Education in the 21st Century, a leader’s perspective’ and Lianne Bolton, spoke on breaking down the stereotypes on domestic violence’

Susan Bridge spoke about her award-winning teaching career leading up to being the respected  principal of Cheltenham Girls High where parents move to the area so their girls can attend this popular school  that prides itself on high ranking academic results, rich cultural experiences encouraging leadership, diversity,  resilience, kindness and care for our community. Susan is retiring in 4 weeks’ time and after celebrating a wonderful leadership career she is planning a holiday to the Greek islands with her husband. ‘Our community will eagerly await her return to new leadership roles or any projects where her heart takes her.’ said Susan Hughes.

Lianne Bolton shared with the guests her past personal experience when she was the victim of domestic violence. In recovered happier times Lianne, GM of Specialist bank for Bank of Queensland, now residing in Asquith and works relentlessly with the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s shelter to empower other women in crisis to create a better future for themselves. Co-host Susan Hughes said ‘there were only a few dry eyes after Lianne’s talk and everyone was more aware of the importance of reaching out to support our friends who are suffering at the hands of untreated angry and/or violent relationships.’

Greg Wilkinson and Mandy Taylor, owners of Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers further delighted guests and Lianne by presenting a cheque to her for $1000 as a donation to the shelter.

The surprises didn’t stop and guests were further wowed with the announcement of a trial Online Art Gallery for local community artists whereby on the sale of their artwork, a 30% commission will be donated to the shelter.  Kevin Anstis, a local artist, was the first to jump on board. Over the next few months if the gallery is successful the plan is to extend the gallery to cover other demographics and shelters.

Also acknowledged was Julie Griffin a retired Thornleigh pharmacist for recently being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her 25 years’ contribution to the community with the Domestic Violence Network and who helped establish our local Women’s Shelter. Mandy said, ‘It was International Women’s Day and we could not let it go without acknowledging Julie. To have someone like Julie who has dedicated her time over the years making a positive difference to women’s lives within our community is an absolute honour and it was only fitting that we celebrated and recognised her on the day’.


Gillian Reed & Justine Mitchell – Gillian Reed & Associates, Vicki Martin – Objective solutions, Medal of the Order of Australia receiver, Julie Griffin, local councillors Emma Heyde, Janelle McIntosh, Joseph Nacita, Lucy Dahill – Why Be You & Tori Huxtabull for all your help on the day.

Sponsors:-  Lana & Scott Vickery -Signarama Thornleigh, Amy Harrison – Art of the Flower, Ned Strong – Lone Alarm Pty Ltd, Susan Hughes – Vizymates, Greg Wilkinson – Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers.