I am a Councillor serving on Inverell Shire Council for more than 17 years. I have been Deputy Mayor, chaired many committees, and overseen the doubling of the Inverell Library as the delegate and am also a Justice of the Peace.
I have just retired after 26 successful years as owner of the retail business Baker’s Barn Saddlery.
I am honoured to be Chair of Operation: Operating Room Ltd., since its establishment in September 2006. I will continue to work enthusiastically raising money to donate to Inverell Hospital for much needed equipment which improves the hospitalisation experience of patients, and assists medical professionals to give better service.
Debbie has strong ties with the town of Inverell. Not only has she lived here all her life, Debbie has raised her two children while being actively involved in the school community and is now very happy to see her three grandchildren growing up in this wonderful country town.
"Both my children and grandchildren were born at the Inverell Hospital and my mum spent quite a bit of time there during her last few years as she was quite unwell. My elderly dad relies on the medical services more often nowadays as well, so the level of care provided at our hospital and the comfort of the patients and the staff working conditions have always been of interest to me. By dedicating time and effort to my position on the board of the Operation Operating Room Charity Fund, I feel like I'm actively contributing to a better quality of life for all in the community."
With a wealth of nursing knowledge and widespread admiration from her peers locally and abroad, retired nurse Faye Dunshea is an integral director of OOR Ltd.
With 32 years of nursing to her credit, Faye joined the board in 2016 and offers a great knowledge of the health service, its operations and explanations of equipment needs and uses.
Diversity has been of Faye’s fine attributes during her career with positions in the West Wing, Operating Theatre, East Wing, Emergency Department and as Nurse Educator and in Infection Control/Staff Health.
I was born and raised in Inverell and also chose to raise my four children here. I owned a small business for 12 years, worked at Inverell Shire Council for five years, currently manage the Inverell Art Gallery and also help with the running of our sheep and cattle farm. I believe a good health service is vital to the well-being of the community. I have served as a director of OOR since 2010 and am currently vice-chair.
I was born in Coonamble NSW, 1940 and attended school in Bathurst and Sydney and then spent time wool classing in NSW.
In 1964 I worked on sheep transport ship to Mexico. One year later Sue and I married and we ran farming enterprises until 1989, when I took up a position at Inverell Real Estate for six years and later opened a four-wheel-drive business.
Over my life I have been involved in different Show Societies, P&C groups, Farmer Organisations, National Party and Rotary.
Now retired, I indulge my passion of photo restoration and conversion all media formats to digital, which is very time consuming.
I have lived in and around Inverell most of my life.
Throughout the years I have been involved in different clubs and groups – Schools, Quota, Toastmasters and now I concentrate on the Inverell Chamber of Commerce & Industry as part of the Promotions Committee and OOR Ltd as a director.
Being part of the local business sector enables me to remain community minded and family orientated as I have a passion for our local town and its services we provide.
The Inverell Hospital has been a pivotal part of my life, having been employed there, for well over three decades.
Along with my three siblings, four children, and three grandchildren, I was born there.
Operation: Operating Room gives me the opportunity to give back to the community, and the hospital in my retirement.
I am honoured to work with this small enthusiastic group, raising finances for important equipment, which adds to the comfort and care of this community, and aides the staff in maintaining their high standard of care.
I will always have an interest in health, and enjoy being an active member of The Inverell Health Service Local Health Advisory Committee, and a director of Inverell Churches Retirement Community, Cooinda.
I am a presenter with Inverell’s community radio station STA-FM and have been the organist in The Anglican Church for over 40 years.
However, the thing I enjoy most in life, is spending time with my family
Norann lived in New York’s Hudson Valley until moving to the Australian bush in 2002 with her husband, Chris, and their two sons (their third son was born in Inverell Hospital in 2007).
She loves raising her sons on the land and feeding them off it.
She keeps backyard chooks, makes a wicked wild hare ragout, and loves to give back to the local Inverell community which has made her so welcome.
Norann lives at the Danthonia Bruderhof Community where she raises her sons, works with teenagers, and contributes to the Bruderhof’s online platforms.
Norann joined the OOR team as a director in 2016 in order to continue Danthonia’s longstanding support of this positive, community-focused charity.
Danthonia’s substantial contributions, support and generosity over the years has been greatly appreciated by the health service and OOR
I moved to Inverell from Sydney in 1991, after the flood. We decided to bring our two children up in a country environment and Inverell was the choice. It was an appealing destination then and has now, in my opinion, become one of the most attractive country towns I have seen. I now work for Swimming NSW and travel extensively servicing 60 swimming clubs in the New England and Western areas.
My love of the Inverell community and everything else living here offers has meant I have stayed even though my children have moved on.
The love I have always had for teaching swimming led me to run a swim school in Inverell for 16 years.
I was presented Life Membership of the Inverell Swimming Club
Several students have made their way to the Australian National Championships. Living in the country doesn't have to stop here!
My interest in being a director of OOR came from a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. It seemed to me a way to give to my time as a volunteer to the community in a completely different direction and I have been a director for (I have no idea) years.