Ellen Geraghty, Executive Officer
Personal passion: Living the best (most challenging, interesting, loving, learning, comic, wise, gentle, brave) life I possibly can.
Favourite quote: "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13
Greatest achievement: Surviving some of the worst experiences it is possible for someone to survive, refusing to be owned by those experiences, and building a beautiful and happy life in spite of them.
Favourite recipe: The phone number for my local take away place.
Strongest childhood memory: Reading an illustrated book of my Dad’s about astronomy and being absorbed by a picture showing people watching Halley’s comet in 1910. It was the first time I remember feeling a strange, tantalising feeling I’ve never been able to describe properly but which is somewhere between awe and fear, and which I feel whenever I contemplate the night sky and am reminded how vast the universe is and how small I am by comparison.
Best advice: Try to always keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong.
Karen Rowland, Office Coordinator
Personal passion: Discovering things about the world that I didn’t know before.
Favourite quote: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Best advice: If you have something nice to say about someone, you should say it to them – everyone likes to hear nice things about themselves.
Favourite recipe: Anything made by or shared with people I love.
Strongest childhood memory: Sitting around the dinner table with my family laughing at my Dad’s jokes.
Sally Neaves, Eco-education Coordinator
Personal passion: Seeking ways to integrate contemplation and action for a better, more balanced, world.
Favourite quote: We are a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects. (Thomas Berry)
Greatest (gardening) achievement: Producing traditional Kim Chi with students from one of my school community gardens in Korea.
Best advice: We cannot solve problems with the same thinking we used to create them. (Einstein)
Strongest childhood memory: Year 9 camp - Taking in the view from the summit of Mt Feathertop, Vic.
Jen Ringbauer, Sustainability Educator
Personal passion: Creating meals from ingredients that have been grown on my farm
Favourite quote: "There can be no life without soil and no soil without life" - Charles Kellogg
Greatest (gardening) achievement: Breaking even on my market garden
Best advice: "Are you sure?"
Favourite recipe: Spaghetti Bolognese
Strongest childhood memory: Climbing the cherry tree with the neighbours in the backyard.
Alicia Colley, Hospitality Coordinator
Personal passion: Exploring Earth and beyond
Favourite quote: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It's not" - Dr Seuss, The Lorax.
Greatest (gardening) achievement: Growing the best couch grass in Bathurst.
Best advice: "Always look on the bright side of life" - Monty Python
Favourite recipe: I don't have one favourite recipe! I like taking ideas from all of them.
Strongest childhood memory: Being on the farm or in the garden with my family on weekends.
Ana Freeman, Online Educator
Personal passion: Reading widely and living simply.
Favourite quote: “If I am not in the world simply to adapt to it, but rather transform it, and if it is not possible to change the world without a certain dream or vision for it, I must make use of every possibility there is not only to speak about my utopia, but also to engage in practices consistent with it.” – Paulo Freire
Greatest achievement: Resisting eating ice cream and hot chips today.
Favourite recipe: Homemade crackers – Flour, olive oil, water, salt, seeds. Very easy.
Strongest childhood memory: Rolling little inedible red berries down a steep concrete driveway with my Dad and tasting Honeysuckle for the first time on walk (not walking: I was being carried) near Cammeray.
Best advice: “Don’t think so much” – Shally Toun
Rahamim Ecology Centre Board of Directors