The Glyde-In Committee

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Mal Christison (Chair)

Retirement from the engineering industry has given me the opportunity to get involved in our community. Iʼve found this to be a highly rewarding experience. I joined the Save Beeliar Wetlands committee and fought the good fight with thousands of likeminded wonderful people who cared about the environment and each other. I enrolled in Glyde-Inʼs philosophy class with Meera Finnegan and joined the bike group. I love both and have made good friends. I joined the committee and again found a wonderful group of caring people. Now Iʼm honoured to hold the position of chair. My main objective is retain everything that is good about Glyde-In, which is everything. The Glyde-In is a special place.


 tess may webTess May (Vice-Chair)

I have been a resident of the Fremantle area for over 25 years. My relationship with Glyde-In began slowly, with the Cycling Group, followed by mah-jong lessons a few years later. I now eagerly await the new term programmes to see what wonderful topics are being offered in the many talks and courses the very diligent team at Glyde-In has put together. Glyde-In is now a very important part of my life, steeped as it is in fun, learning, friendship, generosity and personal expression. It has been an enriching experience over the past few years and I feel lucky to be able to be a member of such a solid, honest and caring community. I look forward to the year ahead as a member of the Glyde-In Committee, and would encourage everyone to become involved in one way or another, in this rewarding Community Learning Centre.


 gordon macnish chair webGordon MacNish (Secretary)

When I retired and moved to East Fremantle, I decided I had best find some new friends. I heard that there was a walking group at a place called Glyde-In. So in October 2003 I joined the Thursday morning walking group and that was the beginning of a wonderful relationship with Glyde-In. I felt honoured when I was elected to the Management Committee in 2011. Since then Glyde-In has become a major part of my life. I believe in Glyde-In and its aims. We call it a ʻCommunity Learning Centreʼ but itʼs also asupport centre making a valuable contribution to our community. I believe I am fortunate to be able to continue supporting this special organisation.


 Kerry D picKerry Donovan (Treasurer)

I am thrilled to be on the Glyde-In committee. The centre is a great hub for learning and social engagement. I am impressed by the way the centre is managed, the wide range of activities and the excellent quality of the speakers and tutors. I retired in mid-2014 as General Manager of Organisational Learning and Development from Challenger TAFE, a large public training organisation. I serve on three committees at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, and very much enjoy my role as a consumer advocate. I look forward to working with the Management Committee and hope to to add some value to the future running and planning of the Centre.


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Diana Cullen

I hope to be a useful member of this committee. My association with Glyde-In began with a very successful cycling trip around the Amalfi coast in Italy. It was fabulous and I’ve had a lot of encouragement to keep riding and be part of Glyde-In. My working life was until retirement at John Curtin High, so Fremantle is my base. I’m flattered to be part of such a happy team.



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Dale Chester

I’ve lived in Fremantle for over 15 years and have been a member of Glyde-In for over half of that time. I’m a member of the Monday cycling group, the book club, and the Thursday Mahjong group, and I’ve attended computer courses and talks, as well as gone on holidays with Glyde-In. I’ve made really good friends here. Before retirement I managed a holiday resort in the southwest, then helped establish a vineyard and then had my own swimwear and lingerie shop in Dunsborough.



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Terry Mercer

I was introduced to Glyde-In by my wife several years ago and was immediately struck by the wonderful warmth and feeling of community shown by all people that I encountered and this hasn't changed. I got more involved by doing odd jobs around the centre as well as attending many classes and becoming an occasional tutor. I have been on the committee for some years and enjoy being involved in the operation and management of Glyde-In. I am a retired mechanical engineer whose interests include woodwork and photography.




Jono Farmer

Yes! I keep coming back for more: courtesy of the members. I was re-elected to the committee in 2016 after having served as the Chairman from 2010 to 2014. In 2004, I was introduced to Glyde-in after having joined Margaret Watsonʼs Monday cycling group which still has sixteen active riders. The feeling of welcome and inclusiveness is evident as you walk through our lovely garden past the Garden room which feels like itʼs been there forever. The growth of this remarkable organisation has been extraordinary and our committee keeps a close eye on its ongoing relevance to our members. I have been closely involved in most of the projects since joining, the most notable being: The Garden of Memories, organising overseas trips for members, the rear deck construction, the History project, toilets relocation and The Garden Room construction in January 2018.


Gordon WhitmoreGordon Whitmore 

After working almost 40 years as a chemical engineer, when it was time for me to retire I received a Glyde-In program in my letter box. Several topics were exactly what I was looking for so I became a member and found Glyde-In was just what I wanted. Iʼve been impressed with the sense of camaraderie of all Glyde-In members and the caring and sharing attitude of everyone. Now is the time for me to give something back to the community and I hope I can do this by being on the Glyde-In management committee and possibly applying a little of what I learnt in industry to Glyde-In.pressed with the sense of camaraderie of all Glyde-In members and the caring and sharing attitude of everyone. I have attended numerous trips and talks and even given one myself. I continue to really enjoy the Monday cycling group rides and a chance to see parts of Perth that I wouldnʼt otherwise get to.



Sandra Bantoft

Sandra worked tirelessly for Glyde-In over many years, as volunteer, tutor and staff member. She retired at the end of 2019, but missed us so much that she couldn’t stay away! It’s great to have her back.



maureen hislop Maureen Hislop

Maureen Hislop joined Glyde-In for a craft course in 1994, and then enrolled to learn Mahjong as well. She eventually took on the coordination of our Thursday Mahjong group and has taught a number of beginners’ Mahjong courses. An expert craftsperson in her own right, Maureen also runs Glyde-In workshops in sewing and knitting. She joined our Management Committee in 2020.