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Jacqueline Guiliani

Jacqueline is a legal practitioner who has a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Finance(LLB/BFin) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

From 2002 to 2011, Jacqueline played an instrumental role as either
Secretary or Vice President of the Friends of Farm Viganò Inc Management Committee in the preservation, restoration and $6.45 million development of one of Melbourne's most extraordinary heritage sites, Farm Vigano in South Morang. Jacqueline is committed to creating an accessible, safe, welcoming and caring local community where activities, events and
interactions facilitating community development are encouraged.


Angie Davidson Slater

Angie has an Adv. Dip in Community Sector Management, Certificate IV Governance and Diploma in Community Welfare Work. Currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Community Development).

Angie has worked in the community development sector for over 10 years and has been involved in the implementation of many successful projects over this time. Angie’s interests are in building community strengths, creating a positive culture, developing partnerships and working with students/volunteers to improve their knowledge and experiences in the community field.


Stefan Schutt

Stephan has a PhD in Interactive Media; Bachelor of Arts; Advanced Diploma Professional Writing & Editing; Diploma of Vocational Education & Training; Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment; Certificate English Language Teaching to Adults. Stefan is a researcher at Victoria University and is co-founder of The Lab, a national network of technology clubs for young people with autism. He has also worked as a TAFE teacher, musician, ESL teacher, copywriter, in the not-for-profit sector and as a producer and project manager in the Internet industry.

Stefan lives in Reservoir and has taught and studied at the La Trobe University Language Centre. He is on the national team that oversees the Digital Enterprise project at Reservoir Neighbourhood House.


Kristine Olaris

CHAIR OF THE BOARD Kristine has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Health Administration. She has worked in the health sector for many years particularly community health and more recently women’s health. Kristine’s work has focused on addressing barriers to health and well being for people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. She is passionate about addressing social justice issues with an equity approach. She is currently the CEO of Women’s Health East.

Kristine lives in Darebin and is keen to contribute to her local community through her involvement in the Board. Kristine also sits on the Independent Advisory Board which is addressing issues of sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police.


Jonathan Halaliku

GENERAL MEMBER Jonathan currently practises as a Principal Urban & Regional Planner at a private urban planning consultancy. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Business (Applied economics & International Trade) (B.Bus) and a Graduate Certificate (G.Cert) & Graduate Diploma (G.Dip) in Urban Planning. Jonathan has obtained a Master’s Degree Majoring in Environmental & Urban Planning (Mssc.). Jonathan is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). Jonathan is full member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA) and Member of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (MVPELA). Jonathan advises and represents the suite of stakeholders within the urban and regional planning sphere including Government, community stakeholders and private developers within Victoria and across Australia.

Jonathan has many years of experience working as a residential youth worker throughout Darebin, Metropolitan Melbourne and Tasmania. Jonathan's experience with under privileged and displaced individuals inspires his involvement with the Darebin community and motivates him contribute to the operation of a Reservoir Neighbourhood House and provide for the opportunity, support and connection within the local community.


Donna Swan

GENERAL MEMBER & MEBERSHIP SUB-COMMITTEE Donna brings a diverse range of experience and qualifications from across the arts, health, education and Not for Profit Sector. She holds a Masters in Film and Television (VCA), B.A in Politics, Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Graduate Diploma in Facilitation (from the Group Work Institute).

Donna is passionate about creating inclusive communities through capacity building and community development projects and events. She’s worked as a cultural development /arts coordinator in the area of public art and mental health in the Yarra Valley. As a filmmaker she made documentaries and education films and lectured at RMIT. Her passion and commitment to social justice and Human Rights has lead to her current work in policy advocacy and community engagement with Council of the Ageing (COTA).
Donna has recently moved to Reservoir and brings many years of diverse project management experience and community building skills.

Felicity Leahy



Our Partners

PRACE - Paddy (CEO) Fiona Muscat & Libby Barker (Community Education, ESL)

Darebin City Council - Community Renewal: Jackie Mansourian

Darebin Community Health - Penny Anderson (CEO) Annie Grant (Health promotion)

Melbourne City Mission 

NEAMI Regent - Tegrin Christie (Team Leader) Alan Gardner (case worker)

Darebin Community Legal Service - Nadine (Lawyer)

Tax Help - ATO: Fab Marcantonio (Community educator)

Darebin Information & Volunteer Resource Service - DIVRS 

Reservoir Leisure Centre - Wendy Link Pierce & Gary McAllister (Manager)

NMIT Department of Community Services - Marg Quon (Coordinator)

Digital Enterprise Project Rep: Stefan Schutt (VicUni)

East Reservoir Community Garden 

Our Networks

Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres - Peak Body for NH

North East Neighbourhood House network

Darebin Neighbourhood House network

East Reservoir Steering Committee

Information about the Board


Our History

Reservoir Neighbourhood House Inc is one of only a few purpose-built Neighbourhood Houses in Victoria and was opened to the community in July 2009. Funding came from many different sources and represents a unique collaboration between Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) and State, Federal and Local governments. PRACE oversaw the building and development for the community and auspiced the organisation until independence change over 1st July 2013. The Neighbourhood Renewal program supported the development of the House through activation of the East Reservoir community until the end of the project in June 2013.

A Board of Management was established in 2012 and Reservoir Neighbourhood House was incorporated as an Association in 2013.

Our Mission

Reservoir Neighbourhood House Inc is an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation and one of a number of Community/Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres in the local Darebin area. RNH’s mission is to provide a welcoming community space that fosters and promotes the prosperity and wellbeing of local residents. We bring people together to develop and encourage employment prospects, support health and wellbeing and enhance belonging. The Reservoir Neighbourhood House is a place where everyone is welcome to learn and actively participate in building their community life.

The board meets every month when decisions need to be made, commencing in February each year with meetings generally limited to 2 hours and held at the House.

Key Objectives:

To ensure effective decision making and adherence to sound corporate governance principles the selection of board members is based on skills, knowledge and experience together with a genuine desire to support the objectives of the association as detailed below:
• Provide a welcoming space to minimize social isolation
• Provide an affordable and accessible space for community to meet that is inclusive of diversity
• Provide a space that adheres to relevant WH&S standards which are also in line with Accessibility and Disability Standards.
• Improve and support the health and wellbeing of our community
• Deliver programs that enhance skills that improve employability
• Foster local partnerships with relevant agencies, community service organisations and businesses
• Establish a leadership framework for RNH that is responsive to community
• Build funding that delivers our mission

Board Members responsibilities:

Board members are expected to:
1. Commit to the objectives of the association
2. Regularly attend board meetings - a minimum attendance at 90% of Board meetings is expected
3. Become involved in short term sub-committees, events and special functions
4. Keep up to date with the organisation’s priorities - reading of minutes, reports and any other necessary meeting papers
5. Contribute to effective board decision making and provide comment and input whenever required
6. Be familiar with the Constitution
7. Put forward ideas and contribute to future strategic directions of the organisation
8. Respond to emails from the Executive Officer and board members promptly
9. Demonstrate loyalty and commitment to the organisation and publicly promote the ideals of the organisation
10. Accept responsibility for particular areas of work
11. Regularly attend functions and represent the organisation at other functions
12. Lead initiatives in areas of interest to you
13. Contribute to the annual business planning process including relevant approvals process such as annual budgets, etc
14. Utilise their networks to promote current initiatives
Please also refer to our Board Duties document attached, which outlines both Office Bearers and board positions in detail.