21 October, 2020
VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The Mission Arts Lifetime Membership was awarded to two volunteers, Judith Bowman and Wanda Lowe, for their long and active contribution to the community arts centre.
This award acknowledges their services to provide quality help and assistance to visitors and the community, and to inspire others to volunteer.
In 2008 a group of seven local residents recognised the value of community-based arts projects within the Cassowary Coast region. By 2010 the group incorporated and Mission Arts was built through a Federal Government Jobs Fund Grant.
The Mission Beach Community Arts Centre, required a lot of volunteer help with diverse skills to build its profile in the community.
One of these helpers was Judith Bowman who helped source and manage funding submissions and develop a wide range of systems that the MBCAC would need going forward.
She proved instrumental in obtaining funds for the pottery shed, which has continued to be used today across the Cassowary Coast region.
One of Judith’s primary roles at the commencement of Mission Arts was as first Treasurer. She implemented meeting procedures, effective record management and administration practices. Her experience with Queensland Volunteers proved invaluable particularly with the centre’s legal obligations and requirements of governing documents.
She was responsible for achieving Deductible Gifts Recipients DGR status for Mission Arts. This required many months of voluntary work.
Throughout her service to Mission Arts, Judith held positions of Inaugural Treasurer and subsequent Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. She volunteered her services in many other areas and undertook various duties including contributor to the Mission Arts Annual Exhibitions and Photographic Exhibitions.
Wanda Lowe has been an active Mission Art member since 2008. Her expertise in building/interior design and general business knowledge helped in the centre’s planning process and future infrastructure upgrades.
She served on the management committee from 2010 to 2019 and participated as volunteer in several projects and exhibitions.
In conjunction to running her successful interior design business, Wanda attended committee meetings, provided commercial knowledge and advised on various business issues.
She also helped organise several Mission Arts catering projects and provided retail and design input in the gallery shop.
Such experience made her an invaluable member of the Mission Arts Shop Committee.