Communify Queensland is an established community organisation that has provided a diverse range of services since 1978.
Communify originated in 1978 when the Red Hill Paddington Community Centre (RHPCC) was formed by a small group of local residents at Caxton Street, Paddington with the intention to provide activities, support and advocacy services for local people.
The Centre had a couple of homes in the Paddington area and in 1993 moved to the site of our current main office at 180 Jubilee Terrace, Bardon.
In 2007 the Red Hill Paddington Community Centre was renamed Communify Queensland. This new name reflects our current vision and mission and recognises that while we are a local agency our services stretch out over many more suburbs.
Over the years our centre has developed a broad range of services in response to the needs identified by our community.
Our Management Team
Our Chief Executive Officer
Karen Dare has a social sciences background and over 30 years of experience working within the community sector.
She has worked with Communify since 1994 and has seen the organisation grow from a small neighbourhood centre with limited resources to the thriving multi-service hub that it is today. Always with a community development focus, Karen works alongside the Communify Management team to develop services and programs that will support people living the inner city communities of Brisbane.
Karen also works broadly in the community and has sat on the boards of several prominent community organisations and other representative committees including 4Walls Housing Company, Suncorp Stadium Advisory Committee and Building Services Authority.
She has a strong interest in supporting and developing responsive services within the housing, mental health, family support, emergency relief and refugee support areas.
Karen is recipient of the 2001 Centenary Medal and the Brisbane Australia Day Award for her contribution to the community sector.
Our Board of Directors
Carolyn is a consultant working with clients in areas of leadership, change management, relationship management and policy and strategy. She brings over 30 years of practical
knowledge and experience from holding senior to CEO level positions in government in areas including housing, employment and training,
women’s policy, health and residential tenancies. Carolyn brings governance and company director skills having been a director on several government boards and the Board of an NGO working against domestic violence.
Bea Duffield has lived in Ashgrove since 1989. She loves this suburb and finds her community inclusive, reliable and friendly.
Bea volunteers at The Exchange at Kelvin Grove where she helps people improve their English skills. She believes that Communify’s focus on sustainable community development is the basis for building a compassionate and supportive society. Working with Communify is her way of giving something back to the community.
Bea’s background is in veterinary microbiology and she has worked in various roles for government and private enterprise.
She has expanded her voluntary work to include working with social enterprises in Vietnam and Cambodia with the Australian Aid program.
Glenys is Brisbane-born and bred and has lived in Auchenflower for more than 20 years. Her professional career was in the field of employment and industrial relations and she holds in-depth knowledge of both the public and private sectors.
In her role as a Tribunal Member, Glenys travelled the State examining the work performed by community services employees as part of a case to re-evaluate their wages. This allowed her to engage with an array of community organisations, understand the funding ssues and meet many of the hardworking people employed in this challenging and rewarding sector.
Her recent transition to retirement from full time work allowed her to explore the range of activities and services offered by Communify. Glenys joined the volunteers at the Free Range Library and is now one of its joint coordinators.
Glenys has completed the Company Directors’ course and has previously served as a board member with two significant educational institutions, including QUT. She is excited to be part of this dynamic community organisation and having the opportunity to contribute to its strategic development.
Janet Marshall is an Ashgrovian who loves the familiarity of her community whether it be the people or places or just knowing where to go for something she needs.
She has always enjoyed being involved in community and has a long history of voluntary service in community organisatons such as National Trust of Queensland, Planning Institute of Australia and the Queensland Conservation Council. Janet is an urban and regional planner and is currently in a senior leadership role in a private company.Janet contributes property and business leadership skills to the Board.
Her advice to those who are interested in working with community groups is to work out what time you have available then find something that interests you and get involved. If you match your time with the right involvement, you’ll enjoy the difference it makes.
Kent has lived in Milton and New Farm for more than 20 years enjoying the social mixtures and community spirit of the inner suburbs. This led to him accepting the role of President of New Farm Neighbourhood Centre with its goals of promoting social justice, diversity and inclusion. In this role he guided the amalgamation of the Centre with Communify in 2014.
He has contributed to a number of other not for profit organisations including being Joint Chair of Under 1 Roof, Chair of the Board of La Boite Theatre, Member of the Board of Epilepsy Queensland and the Attorney-General’s representative on the Queensland Legal Aid Commission.
Kent is an organizational consultant who works in the government, not for profit and for profit sectors on a multiplicity of projects including organisational analysis and design, corporate governance, program evaluation, strategic planning, solving sensitive management dilemmas and leadership of large renewal initiatives.
Tania is Brisbane born and bred and calls the sleepy bayside suburb of Lota home.
After nearly 20 years as a lawyer, in 2010 Tania started her own business providing independent company secretary and corporate governance services to the NFP sector.
Tania has been working with Communify as company secretary since 2013 and provides ongoing support to the Board and CEO on governance and compliance issues.
“One of the many benefits of owning your own business is choosing to work with people and organisations who share my passion for working within communities to improve lives. I feel very honoured to work with the dedicated Communify team.”
Peter has spent his life in New Farm and enjoys all the values the community has offered over the years. He joined the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre Management Committee just before its merger with Communify.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 16 years’ experience and is a partner in a mid-size accounting firm in the city. Peter has specialist financial knowledge and skill across a broad spectrum of tax and advisory matters and works across a range of industries and professional areas.
Andrew is a communication and advertising digital strategy expert with over 10 years of experience and skills working with top tier clients in a number of different facets of digital including website, CRM, social, data, content and digital creative. Recently joining GPY&R after working in Sydney and Brisbane with a number of clients including; Lion (XXXX, Hahn, James Squires), Comm Bank, Coca-Cola, Foot Locker, Air Asia, QLD Government and TAFE Queensland he is passionate about developing solutions to real business problems using digital.