About Us

The Beginning

Sundale Garden Village Nambour now Sundale Ltd, was founded in 1963 by the Apex Club of Nambour with strong support from a group of local businessmen. The mission was to provide accommodation and services for older citizens in the Nambour Community. Sundale was literally a household name during the first few decades of its existence continuously growing through the generosity of the community and its willingness and ability to raise funds for continuous growth and development. Today, Sundale is one of the biggest community-owned and operated Aged Care Service providers in Australia and has added Child Care, In Home Care and Affordable Housing services to its portfolio.

In 2013 Sundale, celebrated 50 years of service and as part of those celebrations announced an initiative to recognise the enormous community contributions from fund raising, gifts, donations, bequests and thousands of volunteer hours toward the success of Sundale. That initiative was the establishment of a Charitable Community Foundation under the direction of an independent Board of Directors.

Sundale Ltd generously gifted the new Sundale Community Foundation $1million in June 2016   ensuring that the Foundation would instantly be in a position to make grants to worthy charitable organisations within the operational area of Sundale Ltd.

An independent Sundale Community Foundation Board was appointed in 2015 and formulated Mission, Vision and Values, a 3-5 year strategic plan and operational policies for Investment, Grants, Promotion and Governance. This achievement made possible an inaugural round of community grants funded from investment earnings in 2017.

Sundale Community Foundation is a Legacy of the very successful first 50 years of Sundale Ltd an organisation that enters its second 50 years providing a wider range of services in Residential and In Home Aged Care, Child Care and Affordable Housing entirely for the benefit of the people of the communities it serves.

The objects of the Foundation are for the public charitable purposes of advancing health, education, social and / or public welfare, culture, the natural environment and other similar charitable purposes which are beneficial to the general public.

Foundations grants will target support for Not-for-profit organisations, registered charities and DGR endorsed orgnisations from Nambour and surrounding areas. Grant applications for a limited initial round of Grants are now invited from eligible organisations.

Our Board

Caroline Hutchinson

Caroline Hutchinson

Chair

Caroline is breakfast co-host on 92.7 Mix FM. Caroline is involved is on the board of a number of coast charities and spearheads the annual Mix FM’s Give Me Five For Kids community fundraiser.

Alan Clark

Alan Clark

Alan was admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1979, and has been based on the Sunshine Coast with the firm now known as Butler McDermott Lawyers since 1978. Alan became a Partner in with this firm in 1981 and has remained so until 2010. Alan now is a Consultant to the firm. Alan’s primary focus is Property Law and commercial matters; however, Alan also spends many hours on pro bono work. Alan has been an Honorary Solicitor for a number of community organisations including lifesaving clubs, sporting clubs, pony clubs, riding for the disabled and environmental organisations. Alan is very honoured to be a Board Member of Sundale Community Foundation.

Wayne Greenham

Wayne Greenham

Wayne has lived and worked and been a member of the Nambour and Sunshine Coast community for over 25years – where Wayne and his wife have raised their 3 children. Wayne has been involved with the local community and has held numerous positions with The Apex club of Nambour for the past 18 years. Wayne has been a member of Apex Queensland Youth Camps for the past 14 years and is currently their President. Apex Camps run camps for Schools, Community groups and Holiday camps at Mudjimba, Magnetic Island, and Green Up sites.

Christine Jones OAM

Christine Jones OAM

Christine has been living on the Sunshine Coast since 1978. Educated in Brisbane and lived on Bougainville Island PNG for 8 years. Christine has owned and managed businesses in Nambour and lived in Nambour for 30 years. She was President of the Nambour Chamber of Commerce (2005-2007), Chair of Nambour Safe and worked with students at the Nambour State College, Legacy, Cancer Council Q’ld, Red Cross and other community groups over many years. Christine was recognised with her Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013 for her services to the Community of Nambour. Christine is married to Alan and has two sons, Brendan and Preston and two Grand daughters

John Pearce

John Pearce

John Pearce has been a resident of the Sunshine Coast for 40 Years. He taught at Nambour High School and Burnside High School for a period of 32 years and taught Adult Education Classes at the Nambour TAFE and the CCSE at Nambour High during this time. John has been a Committee (Board) member of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation (DMF) since 2008. He is actively involved at the Maroochydore Courthouse in the ‘JPs in the Community Program’. From 2010 -2016 he served as Branch Chairman of the Maroochydore Branch of the QJA. Since August 2016 he has been on the Board of Sundale Community Foundation.

Simone Pearce

Simone Pearce

Simone is a lecturer in Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Prior to starting with the University in 2014, Simone worked for 20 years as a lawyer in a prominent Sunshine Coast legal firm, 15 of those years as a partner. She has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 40 years. Simone is an independent Director on the Little Athletics Australia Board, a Director for the Nambour RSL Board, a Director of Sundale Community Foundation, and sits on local sports committees for Netball and Little Athletics. Simone has extensive experience in sitting on a number of Sporting and Not for profit and Community Boards and Committees including as Company Secretary.

Carol Trevor

Carol Trevor

Carol Trevor is currently the Director of Safety, Quality and Innovation at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Carol is a health care professional with over 35 years’ experience as a midwife and child health nurse. Carol has held a number of management roles within both the private and public health sector in particular in the area of patient safety and quality improvement. Carol and her husband Philp live on the Trevor family cane farm that was established in 1941 on the Maroochy River. Carol is looking forward to working on the Sundale Foundation Community Board.

John Kleinschmidt

John Kleinschmidt

Retired Director

John attended schools and completed a Plumbing Apprenticeship in Rosewood and Ipswich before being conscripted to National Service including a Tour of Duty in Vietnam in 1968. He then commenced a 30 year career in Local Government with appointments in Inglewood, Gatton and Maroochy. In 2000 John established a Waste Services and Consultancy Company undertaking various contracts and projects in the Eastern States of Australia until retirement in June 2013. John is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health and served on the Sundale Board for 29 years. He maintains a strong sense of community through involvement with various community organisations.

Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson

Retired Director

Ross is a true “local” having been born in Nambour, he is retired and has been married to Marlene for 53 years.
He completed his education at Nambour State School and has always been actively involved in sporting and Community organisations, being a current member of Nambour ’76 Rotary Club for 40 years.
Ross was in business in Nambour for 20 years in the Real Estate/ Valuation/ Auctioneering Industry. He then operated the Catering/ Concessions at the Sunshine Coast Airport for 19 years.
Ross was a Board member of the Sundale group of retirement villages and Care centres for over 10 years.

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