Our Committee

Catherine Cusack

Committee President


Catherine Cusack has been on the committee of the Hub (previously known as the Young Neighbourhood Centre) since 2008. Catherine has a strong commitment to community-based management and has been involved in voluntary management committees in various places and at various levels throughout her adult life. Catherine was the first project officer for the Young Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS) in 1983 in the building which now houses the Young and District Community Hub and various projects. Catherine’s paid job is as a TAFE teacher at the local Riverina Institute and teaches various community services courses which fits very neatly with her involvement on the Hub Committee.

Jay Leigh

Management Committee Member


Jay Leigh has been on the Hub Committee for the past 2yrs. Jay is a keen volunteer within the community and feels that through her volunteer work she has made many wonderful friends. Jay loves to cook and is starting a vegie garden in the Spring.

Gwenyth Parkinson (Gwen)

Public Officer


Gwen has raised a family of four, with husband George on family farms in the Young District since the early 1970’s. Farming and grazing sheep and cattle remains an interest. Gwen has pursued her professional career as a Registered Nurse and worked for 21.5yrs at the Mercy Care Centre in Young, mainly in aged care at Mount St Josephs Home. On retirement, Gwen joined the CWA and was a member for many years, becoming President during her time there. Gwen is also a member of the Cherry Blossom Garden Club and Combined Pensioners and Superannuants and volunteers regularly at the Young Food Hall. Gwen has always had an interest in Community and Welfare and as a new member of the Hub team looks forward to serving on the Committee.

Monica Kelly

Committee Member


Monica has worked in several organisations such as DOCS, Hospital and Community Health Services, and for the last several years with the Young Library. She has also been involved with community groups such as the Young Neighbourhood Centre as Committee Secretary. She has three children and two (twin) grandchildren.

(The Reverend) John Thomas

Vice President / Treasurer


John has been a member of the Management Committee since 2010. He currently holds the positions of Treasurer and Public Officer. John has a background in accounting, human resource management and community services. Since 2007 John has been the Priest at St John's Anglican Church in Young.

Kim Shoard

Committee Member


Kim and her husband Alan moved to Young in 1994 to raise their two boys on a local farm. Kim’s has always enjoyed serving others and prior to family worked as a nurse and paramedic in Canberra ACT. While raising her family, Kim returned to study to grow her skills and gained qualifications in administration, management and training and assessment. Kim currently works at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute and has been teaching first aid to Young and surrounding districts since 1998. Kim has worked in a voluntary capacity whilst living here, including Season’s For Growth, mentoring program, working on committees and volunteering first aid assistance with local sporting groups. Kim was honoured to be asked to join the Hub Committee and looks forward to being a part of the administration to support such an invaluable service to our community.