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.

Jenny Mihan
Manager

Jenny’s life has always had a strong community focus and she has outstanding experience in serving the Community.  She was Manager at Mt Martha Community House before joining Seawinds.  Jenny joined us in the middle of Covid lockdowns and it was certainly a challenge.  Her highly personal and friendly approach saw her make great inroads into helping the local community during those difficult times.
Her passion for bringing the community together through programs, services and courses is showing great results for everyone.  A great example is the revamped outdoor courtyard at Seawinds.  Jenny worked with the Men’s Shed and Garden Conversations volunteers team to make the area perfect for social events to bring the community together.

Focusing on all age groups in the community, Jenny’s collaborative style and determination to make a difference to people’s lives benefits everyone.

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.

Lucy-Anne:  Acting Educational Leader

Kylie: Kindergarten Teacher – Sessional 3yr & 4yr old Kindergarten

Kerry:  Administration Officer

Long Day Care Program
Lucy-Anne, Kiera: Early Childhood Educators 6mths-3yrs (Minnows)

Amy, Ruby, Chloe, Taylah: Early Childhood Educators  3-5yrs (Sea Stars)
Shannon: Minnows and Sea Stars

Sessional 3 year old Kindergarten
Abbie: Early Childhood Educators

Sessional 4 year old Kindergarten
Ruby, Chloe Early Childhood Educators
Amy: No Limits Facilitator

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.

Our Board

General Member
Joined the Board in 2017. Immediate past Chair

Robert grew up in Newcastle. NSW. He was employed with ICI for 14 years, including 5 years in PNG and came to Melbourne in 1972.

Robert holds a BA, MA, MLitt  and PhD and is a Senior Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australia; Fellow, Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Robert was employed as a CEO for 20 years across the Bankers and Chemical  institutes and the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Robert was  Bail Justice 1990-2010, a partner at ProNed Australia P/L (locating Directors for Boards) 2003-2014 and a Justice of the Peace since 1980
Robert’s hobbies include flying single and twin-engine aircrafts, including  a P51 Mustang. He has held a Pilot’s licence for 30 years.

Secretary
Joined the Board in 2017 and is the current Secretary

Jack was born in Glasgow, Scotland where he qualified as an Electrical Engineer (B.Sc.). Jack had a wide and varied career which spanned service in the British army in all types of Government Projects until he emigrated to Melbourne in March 1980.

Across the next ten years, Jack served in various resource industries, including his first role as Project Manager for the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop, Electrical & Mechanical Services.  In 1990 Jack formed his own company, which specialised in electrical, fire protection, air conditioning & building services.

Jack has many, many hobbies including golf, diy, wood working, renovations,  horse riding, shooting (target rifle, clay target), photography and is a member of the Men’s Shed.

General Member
Joined the Board in 2017

Verity previously lived in the Dandenong Ranges before moving to Rosebud in 2001 and holds a Diploma of Kindergarten Teaching, Post Graduate In Special Education, Post Graduate in Recreation, Honours in Applied Science, Recreation and Advanced Certificate in Genealogical Studies

She has held many positions both in providing hands on care to kindergarten children and students and committee member support and program development.

Verity completed a thesis entitled “How local councils provide access for children with physical disabilities in the local playgrounds”.

Verity has been in Probus for 15 years and was successful in developing a highly successful new club in the area.

Verity is passionate about the Seawinds Community Hub and brings many skills to support informed governance. She believes happy staff are the basis for future expansion in the services for the local community.

Verity has interests in gardening, reading, family history, photography, pilates and walking.

General Member
Joined the Board in March 2021

John joined the workforce as a trainee auditor and accountant and quickly progressed to sales and marketing at management level with a strong emphasis on packaging materials to industry.

John was involved in Industry Committees and educational programmes relevant to the printing and packaging industries and ran a family business on the Mornington Peninsula, selling and marketing wine made from fruit grown in the vineyard.

A member of Rotary for over twenty years, John was involved at Board level, including roles in Vocational and Community services. He looks forward to learning more of the functions of the Seawinds Hub, and in particular, the Early Learning Centre.

John’s community involvement started with the local tennis club until his early twenties. Later this progressed to an involvement in local scouts and cricket clubs through his children.

General Member
Joined the Board in August 2021

Carol started her career as a nurse in South Africa but after arriving in Australia in 1980 undertook a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, followed by a Bachelor of Education at Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Research and Evaluation.

For 23 years, Carol worked in kindergarten teaching and senior management roles for both local government and more expansive organisations.

In 2003, Carol moved her focus to Aged Care where she continued in Executive and Director roles. Her enthusiasm and commitment saw the expansion of business to where she was part owner and Director for 33 Aged Care Services across Victoria.

Carol was instrumental in developing a home in Beijing under an Australian model of care. She is best known for her introduction of the STARFISH program, which underpins development of a positive staff culture.

Carol is the current President of the Rotary Club of Mount Martha and sits on the Board of The Bays Healthcare Group. Carol’s aim has always been to make a positive difference to the people with whom she engages and she brings this passion and insight into Kindergarten and Childcare management to Seawinds Community Hub.

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