The Maple Street Co-op
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About the directors
The current Maple Street Co-op board was elected at the October 2020 AGM.
Chair: Kamala Alister
Board members: Adrian Anderson, Kerry Cosgrove, Robyn Harper, Patricia Lake, Anna Morningstar, Kat Suminska and Elke Watson
Kamala Alister has been the Board Chair since October 2018 and has been a member of the Board for much longer. She is pleased to have been part of the dynamic changes in the past two years as the Coop has celebrated its 40th anniversary in style, doubled the size of its premises and updated many aspects of its governance.
Kamala completes her Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of the Sunshine Coast in March 2021. She is trained in governance and facilitation (by Jill Jordan initially!) and was part of the management and governance of the River School in Maleny since its founding. She lives on a Maleny housing coop and has organised a large number of meditation retreats and events over the past ten years.
Kamala has been practicing meditation, yoga and vegetarian diet for over forty years and has raised four boys in holistic, plant based lifestyle. She is also a singer with seven albums and founded the music distribution company, InnerSong.
“I have loved the opportunity to learn from and contribute to a successful, thriving Co-operative. Maple Street Co-op is vital to my lifestyle, to Maleny, and as an important model of co-operation for Australia and the world."
Adrian Anderson was a Brisbane boy until moving to the green hills of Maleny 25 years ago to raise a family.
As a young man he ran businesses in a variety of sectors, most notably in stained glass until training as a graphic designer at SCU in 2003. He co-founded Fig Creative in 2008 and was creative director until 2012, handling brand strategy, design, development and marketing strategies for over 150 businesses. He then led the design & frontend development team for NetCat - Australia’s largest Content Management vendor for the state and federal government sectors. Since 2014 Adrian has contracted as a User Experience Designer for the startup sector helping teams create delightful digital experiences. He has key ongoing clients in the indigenous and heritage sectors including The Ration Shed Museum - Queensland’s most significant indigenous operated museum. He is occasionally invited to speak about design (Microsoft Australia) and works on his own personal passion projects when time permits.
Adrian is also a father of two and co-owner of two successful Maleny businesses: The Treehouse Coworking Space and Shotgun Espresso right across the street from the Coop.
“The Co-operative movement was no small part of why I chose Maleny to raise my family and I’ve always seen the Maple Street Co-op as the heart of that movement. As a director I’m looking forward to bringing my acumen from the creative, entrepreneurial and hospitality spaces to help our beloved Coop meet the challenges of the 2020’s.”
Kerry Cosgrove grew up on a farm in Central Australia. In 1974 he commenced a career in the Qld Justice Department.
In 1984 he was appointed CEO of the Amputee Sporting Association of Australia and worked with national and international competitions and coordination of Australian teams. He held Board positions on various committees including the 1981 Year of the Disabled and 1988 Bicentennial. He served for three years as Vice President of the International Sports Organisation for the Disabled and was a member of the steering committee responsible for the formation of the International Paralympic Committee. He was also a board member of the Australian Paralympic Federation (now Paralympics Australia).
From 1991, Kerry operated a highly successful cycle business in Toowoomba for 27 years. And also formed an International cycle tour company. Since purchasing property in Maleny in 2007 he has also operated a wedding venue here.
With a lifetime of community service behind him, Kerry is eager to be involved in the Maleny Community.
“I passionately support the Co-op and see it as a wonderful resource for our community. I strongly support the Co-op’s mission and aims and look forward to the challenges and surprises being a Director often provides.
“I am keen to see the Co-op continue to maintain and improve its wonderful record and look forward to contributing not only to the maintenance of its ambitions but to expanding its role as an educational resource and a gathering place for our community.”
Anna Morningstar is a homeopath and kinesiologist and runs her own natural therapy clinic in North Maleny. Running her own business for over 30 years has provided her with invaluable business and financial management skills.
Anna has experience working as part of a team in the roles of secretary, treasurer, vice president and national committee representative on the board of the Queensland branch of the Australian Kinesiology Association.
Ever since she was a member of the Brisbane Organic Growers Group in the early 1980’s, living an organic sustainable lifestyle has been a passion of Anna’s. Being a natural health practitioner, she supports her clients with her knowledge and skills to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating organic food and using natural products in their homes.
“I am excited about serving on the board and contributing to the growth and development of our Co-op here in Maleny.”
Robyn Harper has been Director since November 2019 and a Co-op Member and regular weekly customer since 2003. Robyn is the Mornings Presenter at Sunshine FM Radio and also teaches yoga in Maleny, Landsborough and at The Health Retreat.
Robyn currently lives in Beerwah after living in Maleny for 13 years. Organic diet, naturopathic support and yoga have been fundamental to Robyn’s everyday lifestyle for over 20 years.
Robyn has had a diverse career spanning education, marketing & media, environment, mental health and yoga. Some of her key experiences includes:
Marketing Manager of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge
Promotions Manager of Pioneer Permanent Building Society 3 years
Administrator for Pew Environment Group Australia 4 years
Management Committee for Silkwood Steiner School Mount Nathan Qld.
Steering Committee of Sustainable Maleny Inc.
Robyn’s interests include Flamenco & Cuban dance, singing, sewing, design & crafts, organic living, gardening, raising Silkie bantams organically for eggs, environment, yoga & aerial yoga, mindfulness, meditation, neuroscience and self-development.
Patricia Lake is Deputy Chair and joined the Board in 2019. She grew up in Canada, met a wonderful Australian and moved to Australia 26 years ago.
She has worked in General Insurance for 22 years starting as a claims consultant and progressing through a variety of roles that included process design, strategy, governance and risk management. She is currently part of a Claims and Assessing Executive team as the General Manager for Strategic Risk Control. Her role is to assess current operations against regulatory obligations, customer value proposition and business outcomes.
“As a Director, I bring a passion for building a strong strategy that aligns to the values of the Co-op and expertise to ensure our people, processes and systems are working with a focussed and energised operating rhythm.”
Kat Suminska has worked on really big films, very small gardens and a whole lot in between. Her film work brought her to London, Honolulu & Sydney, before tree-changing to Blue Mountains and now Maleny. She has worked and volunteered with the OpenAustralia Foundation, Blue Mountains Food Cooperative, Blue Mountains Community Garden, Permaculture Australia, Slow Food, and the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival. She is also the current garden co-ordinator for the Maple Street Coop and welcomes volunteers.
"I’m so glad to be a member and shopper of such a wonderful food Co-op and delighted to bring a passion for local, organic and fairly-traded, nourishing food. I bring with me experience of serving on a number of non-profit boards, in a food co-op, and curiosity for what’s possible.
I do most of my shopping at Maple Street Co-op. Where we spend our money and devote our time is important. I'm supporting the Co-op because it's a vital organisation contributing to the more beautiful world that in our hearts we all know is possible, right here."
Elke Watson is an experienced director with skills in Human Resource Management. She is a successful business manager with several interests including 30 years in developing and managing a dairy business with her husband in Conondale. She is a leader in the Dairy industry and has been recognised as an outstanding land manager manager of natural resources. She has filled many roles volunteering for community organisations. Elke has a degree in business management a diploma in human resource management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Elke’s focus with the Maple Street Coop is on people and how good culture and process makes for stable triple bottom line results.