About

Seawinds Community Hub at Rosebud West is a friendly, not-for-profit organisation. The facility was custom built for the community and was officially opened in May 2012.  We provide support, information and community services to of all members of our local community from babies through to our valued older members of the community.

Why we do what we do

Our Vision:  Inspiration for the community – belonging, learning and growing.

Our Mission:  To engage the community in a wide range of services and programs that help people feel connected.

Our Values – to be:

  • An innovative centre which grows with the community
  • A centre that values and supports growth and development across all ages
  • A centre that is respectful of all people, cultures and the environment
  • A centre that builds a strong community and brings people together
  • A centre that provides a safe, welcoming and accepting environment
  • A centre that is an inspiring place to be with a strong sense of belonging
  • A centre that values and supports community volunteering, participation and collaboration
  • A centre that operates through open and transparent communication and respect

Who we are

We are a not-for-profit organisation run by a volunteer board and supporting paid staff and educators.

Early Learning Centre Team

At Seawinds Community Hub we are very proud of our Kindergarten and Long Day Care.  Our highly experienced, qualified and friendly staff provide a great environment for each and every child.

Testimonial 

We had a photographer come to the Hub recently and her comments seem to sum up our approach.  She said:

This week, I have essentially had a “fly on the wall” look at your kinder and day care and I was blown away by the care, compassion and kindness show to the children by your staff. You have an outstanding team, and I can only imagine how much comfort that must bring parents as they drop their kids off in the care of others.”

We hope this glowing review (which warms our hearts) will reassure all parents and the community that Seawinds has wonderfully caring and supportive staff and we thank them for their dedication.

CEO Resmin Popowski

Resmin is an energetic and ambitious finance professional who has 10+ years of experience in managing multi-million-dollar budgets in the tel-ecommunications/technology industry. Because of her passion for effi-cient and effective operational management, she has excelled in her roles as Program Finance Manager, Risk, and Compliance Manager, and her governance and business operations roles.
Resmin’s compassionate nature and a strong sense of community service see her regu-larly supporting community outreach programs both locally and overseas. When she’s not working or volunteering, Resmin enjoys spending time connecting with her friends and family, working on renovation and design projects, and learning new things.

Resmin

Our Board

David came to Australia in 1989 from the UK, where he had been employed in the defence industry for fourteen years. Since arriving in Australia, David has over thirty years of executive and board-level experience across the commercial sector, in the Information Technology and Professional Services industries. He has been responsible for starting SAP’s (Major German Software Company) business in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, as well as CEO of a local Project Management company, and Managing Director of three software companies.

David holds a Master of Business Management in General Management.  His hobbies include Hockey, Football, and Flying.

Heather has enjoyed a successful career leading not for profit organisations, creating and implementing strategies to achieve the best possible outcomes for people and communities.  Her career included State Manager at The Smith Family, National Manager VIEW Clubs of Australia, and CEO Girl Guides Victoria.  To support Southern Peninsula communities, she was CEO of Seawinds Community Hub (2015 – 2018), followed by Manager at Sorrento Community Centre.

Heather holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Monash),  a Certificate in Association Management and Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.  She has been an active volunteer all of her life, including with Rotary, and a five year term as the State Commissioner, Girl Guides Victoria. She currently holds the roles of District Manager for Mornington Peninsula Guides and is President Elect for the Rotary Rosebud-Rye. She has wide Board experience with a range of not for profit organisations in Australia and Tanzania.

Position available

After growing up in Newcastle (NSW), Robert spent 14 years with ICI, including five years in PNG. With his family, he moved to Melbourne in 1972, taking up CEO roles for 20 years with Australian Institute of Bankers, Municipal Association of Victoria, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Robert was a partner at ProNed Australia P/L locating Directors for Boards until retirement.

Robert holds a BA, MA, MLitt, PhD. In a voluntary capacity, he has been a Bail Justice, and is a Justice of the Peace. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. He has served on the Seawinds Board for four years. Robert held a Pilot’s Licence for 30 years, flying single and twin-engine aircraft including P51 Mustang.

Encompass House was founded by Gail in 2010.  Using her 20 years of gained experience and knowledge of the Disability Sector, Gail was able to recognise the positives and the negative aspects of direct care and management systems.  This has given Encompass House an insight into service provision that utilises these positive practices, and delivers quality services that are participant-focused and participant-directed.

As a local business owner, Gail brings to the Seawinds Board her considerable knowledge, experience and skills and her passion for supporting those in need.

My early working life was in manufacturing heavy engineering products for the mining and quarrying industries; initially serving an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner and then progressing on to designing crushing plants and servicing equipment on-site around Australia and Asia.

The amount of time spent travelling and having a young family meant a career change was necessary. I  commenced working in building and construction, designing, project managing and selling vertical transportation systems. My work meant that it was necessary to work with major building contractors, architects and consultants throughout Australia, and Melbourne in particular,  on major office, retail and residential developments.

Retirement has given me the opportunity to spend more time with my family. My wife Tricia and I have three adult sons who now have families of their own and we have six grandchildren all living on the Mornington Peninsula. I have been fortunate to be part of the group of men who in 2018, had the opportunity to establish the new Men’s Shed that has been built by the Seawinds Community Hub. The Rosebud and Districts Men’s Shed has now become an important part of the lives of many men in our local community. I am also fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the Seawinds Community Hub Board.

Another new member to the Board during 2022, Deepa has a strong background that is enabling her to make a strong contribution to governance, and particularly in creating a new marketing approach which we look forward to having a solid impact for the future of the Hub.

Co-founder of Teavision, Chai Lords, Switch.

Building companies from scratch has taught me to be resilient, strategic and a great problem solver and communicator.  I was drawn to the board position at Seawinds as I was looking for volunteer opportunities and I felt I could make an impact to the board with my commercial background.

I feel incredibly passionate about living on the peninsula and have always had the desire to contribute to the community. I volunteered with Theodora house at Mt Martha for a few years prior to starting my family and was concerned with how many people I was seeing on a weekly basis who were lacking the basics for life. Without the exposure of being involved in our community, so much can go under the radar of the individual.

In my spare time you’ll most likely find me out hiking or cycling the peninsula, or hanging out at home with my husband Luke, kids Frank (7) and Lily (3), our two naughty miniature goats Tinkerbell and Pepper and a flock of chickens.

To our many funding partners, and community donors, we would like to officially recognise and thank them all for their generous contributions.  As a not-for-profit organisation, we are grateful for their support, we couldn’t serve the community without them.

Our Funding Partners include:

  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, for provision of the Hub’s premises and negotiated funding as identified
  • Victorian Department of Education and Training, for funding of staff
  • Victorian Department Families Fairness and Housing, for funding of a wide range of community-based programs, services and special interest classes VDFFH also provide management information and support
  • Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association
  • Mornington Peninsula Foundation who has partnered with the Hub on several projects and
  • The R E Ross Trust

We also greatly appreciate our Community Partners including Eastbourne Primary School, Capel Sound Community Group, Rosebud Secondary College, Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye and the Umbrella Dementia Café. 

And we’d also like to acknowledge our valued family of local businesses and thank them for their ongoing and generous support.  They include Coles Rosebud, Second Bite, Cochrane’s Fruit and Vegetables, Bunnings Rosebud, Bendigo Bank, Baker’s Delight Rosebud, Rosebud RSL, Woolworths Rye, Hillview Quarries, Mitre 10 Rye.

Community Partners

MPF
Bendigo Bank
Eastbourne Primary School
Capel Sound Community Group

Supporters and Friends

Bakers Delight
123Read2Me
Clothes4U
Cliffex Meats
Bunnings
Bright Sparque
Rosebud RSL
Second Bite
SPIC
Share the Dignity
The Music Industry
Sports Power
Vinnies Kitchen
Girl Guides Australia Victoria
1st Take Media Productions
Willow and Tilly Photography
Rosebud Hotel
FSC

Annual Report

To download the annual report for Seawinds Community hub, please click here
To download the financial statements for Seawinds Community hub, click here