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Community Connect Toast Masters With Azita Connecting A Community
Hills shire mayor peter gangemi and norwest sunrise rotary club president azita abdollahian with members of toastmasters.

Hundreds of residents visited Harvey Lowe Pavilion at Castle Hill Showground on Sunday (April 30th) for Community Connect organised by Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club.

The annual Community Connect is a one-stop market place for residents looking to connect with not for profit organisations in the area.

The market-style event showcased the work of over 45 community organisations including social groups, service clubs and charity organisations looking for volunteers and members.

President of Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club Azita Abdollhanian said: “It was great to see the collaboration between the community groups.”

She said as well as being an important information gathering event for residents to attend it also gave community groups a chance to find out more about each other.

“It is an event that strengthens the fabric of this fabulous community,” she said. Visitors included Castle Hill MP Mark Hodges and Hills Shire Mayor Peter Gangemi who both praised the event and its purpose.

Joanne from Riding For the Disabled _ Tall Timbers at Gables said attending Community Connect had been fabulous. Some people had put their names down as potential volunteers and they had also made good connections with several groups at the event including Hills Community Aid, Rotaract and the Hills Youth Army.

Carolyn and Gisela, Friends of Bella Vista Farm, said how wonderful it was to have the opportunity to promote the historic farm’s Open Days on the first Sunday of the month and were delighted to meet a number of people who showed great interest in visiting the Farm this Sunday 7th May from 9-3pm celebrating Heritage Day.

Linda from Toongabbie said: “There are several things I am interested in, it’s been very good.”

Leo from West Pennant Hills said: “It’s a great initiative and a way to know what’s going on in the area.”

Lynne from Castle Hill said: “I signed up for Days for Girls and I am joining the Wanderers bushwalking group. There are a lot of groups I would have joined if I had more time.”

Margaret and Rob from Winston Hills said they were interested in following up with three of the groups at Community Connect. “It was very well-organised and worthwhile.”

Margot from Kellyville took away a lot of information from several groups. “There are so many people passionate about what they do in the community. I was very excited to see Friends of Bella Vista Farm.”

Ryan from North Rocks said he took the opportunity to find out more about the Positive Vibes Foundation and its work in the area of mental health and the Men’s Table and Community Connect is an initiative by Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club and is supported by Hills Shire Council.

Norwest Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Friday mornings at 7am at the Hills Shire Cafe in the council admin building at 3 Columbia Court, Norwest.

Hills Rotaract Members At Community Connect Connecting A Community
Hills rotaract members
Rda Tall Timbers Community Connect Connecting A Community
Rda tall timbers team
Community Connect Connecting A Community
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Hills Male Choir Serenade Inner Wheel Members Community Connect Connecting A Community
Hills harmony choir serenade the inner wheel club
Hills Youth Army Mark Hodges Mp At Community Connect Connecting A Community
Castle hill mp mark hodges with council’s hills youth army

Pavilion Theatre Community Connect Connecting A Community Friends Of Bella Vista Farm Connecting A Community

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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