Our team

Meet the Friends

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Chairperson

Colleen Hammond

Registered optometrist Specsavers, Rosebud. B VisSci, M Optom. Convener and fundraiser for the 2019 volunteer Specs for Lospalos optomery clinic team to Lospalos – securing donations of optometry equipment to the value of $80,000 and over $2,000 in donations. Chairperson Specs for Lospalos ad hoc working party.

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Vice Chairperson

Tim Rodgers

Tim is a former Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillor 2005-2016 and Mayor 2007. Chairperson Friends of Lospalos 2011-2017. Five times visitor to Lospalos: VLGA accredited election observer to parliamentary and presidential Timor-Leste elections, most recently in July 2019 as part of the volunteer Specs for Lospalos optometry clinic team. Negotiated the 2015 Municipal Co-operation Agreement between the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Government of Timor-Leste. Represented the Shire at the 2007, 2009 and UN Climate Change Conference COP13, COP15 in Bali, Copenhagen. B Bldg (Melb), proprietor Tim Rodgers Furniture. Photographed here December 2019 in Canberra with retiring Timor Leste Ambassador to Australia HE Abel Guterres.

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Secretary

Xiao Li Ma

Chairperson Friends of Lospalos Executive 2017-2019. Two visits to Lospalos as a member of the VLGA accredited International Election Observer Team to the Parliamentary elections. 2018 visit to Timor- Leste as Chairperson also to open the new Trinta de Agosto School, Fuiloro Village library funded by the Friends. Community Access Planner with the Mornington Peninsula Shire 2012-2017; La Trobe Community Health Service as Senior Local Area Coordinator; Assistive Technology and Home Modification Subject Matter expert and NDIS Quality auditor from 2017 to current. B Soc Sc.

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Treasurer

Harry Pittock

M Eng (Melb) in Electrical Engineering. Visited Timor-Leste and Lospalos as part of the volunteer Specs for Lospalos ophthalmic team in July 2019 with particular responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the donated optometry equipment. Currently working as a telecommunications engineer.

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Deputy Vice Chairperson

Graham Pittock

Twice Shire Mayor 2011, 2016 and Councillor 2008-2106; Deputy Chairperson Friends of Lospalos since 2011, VLGA accredited election observer 2017 Timor-Leste parliamentary election, three times visitor to Lospalos including obtaining execution of the 2015 Municipal Cooperation Agreement most recently as part of the volunteer Specs for Lospalos optometry clinic team July 2019. Represented the Shire at 2015 Paris UN Climate Change Conference COP21. B Sc (Bath). Proprietor Guardian Pest Control. Photographed here in Dili with the designated driver to Lospalos.

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Marketing and Media

Jess Forster

B Sc (Melb) in Computer Science. Works in the SaaS industry as a Solutions Engineer.

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Committee Member

Patricia Ball

Together with David Ball, Patricia is a longstanding member and supporter of Friends of Lospalos. Patricia last visited Timor-Leste and Lospalos in July 2019 as part of the volunteer Specs for Lospalos optometry team, with particular responsibility dispensing the Lions “Recycle for Vision” prescription spectacles. Previous 2014 visit to Lospalos in which the provision of spectacles project was successfully trialled.

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Committee Member

Virginia Brook

Virginia had extensive experience working with the Timorese community in Melbourne in the 1980s. More recently, Virginia has worked as a Senior Policy and Programs Officer at DELWP. Prior to that she worked in Coastal Planning at the Shire. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Landscape Architecture and Community Development and has a long term interest in education and multicultural exchange. She has lectured in both post and undergraduate programs and speaks French and Spanish as second languages and passable Portuguese.

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