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President: Jed Gilbert

Jed Gilbert

Jed Gilbert

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I started on the front desk about 8 years ago and wanted to get into audio producing. It turns out that was a skill in demand at JOY! I went on to do a bunch of audio production for JOY. I also started reading breakfast news and joined the national news team, Q-mmunity Network News. I ran for the Board in 2011 and was elected for one year. I ran again in 2012 and was elected for another three years. I served as Treasurer from 2011-2012 and Vice-President from 2012-2013.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

Currently I’m really passionate about JOY thinking strategically in terms of our sound, our culture, our community leadership and how we reach people who need us. The need we are serving is so beautifully articulated by our purpose of breaking down isolation, celebrating achievement and providing a voice for the diverse LGBTIQ communities. We are so lucky in Melbourne to have JOY. There is quite a bit of research about how much JOY supports the mental health of our community. If you look around the world you realise JOY is a rare and precious jewel, so I’m passionate about JOY going from strength to strength.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

As Treasurer I was focused on the financial sustainability of the station. As Vice-President and President I have been focused on JOY engaging with our listeners, members, volunteers, staff, other community members and stakeholders to develop a strong strategic plan that unites us, provides clarity for the organisation and guides us into the future. I’ve also been focused on JOY proactively nurturing a positive, inclusive culture that produces quality radio.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

Ouch, this is a hard one. Using a technical measure like the number of songs in my music library, I’d have to (embarrassingly) say all the pop princesses that only require their first names… Kylie, Janet, Madonna, Britney… But I’ve listened to the French electro band Air for probably the most hours over my life, so maybe that’s a better measure of ‘favourite’ – and a bit cooler to say!

Vice-President: Trish Kerin

Trish Kerin

Trish Kerin

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I first joined the Board in February 2010, filling a casual vacancy and since then have served as an elected member as well as a casual vacancy in 2013. I am pleased to have been elected in October 2013 to the Board and position of Vice President. Prior to my time on the Board I was an ordinary member of JOY for about 3 years. While on the Board I worked to establish both the Risk Management Committee and the Performance Management Committee. In addition to the role of Vice President, I also chair the Performance Management Committee.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

The work that the station does in reaching out to people in the community and providing them a voice as they struggle to understand and accept themselves. When I question why I do this role, I watch the JOY TV videos and I remember what it is all about for me. I have been lucky with a smooth path in life, but others have not and we can help change that.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

For the organisation to be stronger when I leave the board than it was when I joined it, both financially and culturally. Both of these aspects are vital for long-term sustainability, which is important to continue to be able to provide the voice for our community.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

My all time favourite is Deborah Conway. My partner and I were fortunate enough to have her perform live at our commitment ceremony, making an already special day absolutely awesome!

Treasurer: Laurie Cato-Smith

Laurie Cato-Smith

Laurie Cato-Smith

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I joined the Board in October 2012. I am Treasurer and the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Prior to these roles, I was an ordinary member. I first became a member of JOY in 2007, having enjoyed many years as a listener.

My membership lapsed whilst I was living and working in Sydney for almost two years. I re-joined JOY on my return to Melbourne. I can honestly say how much I missed listening to JOY, especially when in my car in Sydney.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

For me, in many ways JOY normalises being gay. I see the wonderful people at JOY and admire their talents, energy, confidence, dedication and passion for JOY, its members and listeners. When I look around JOY, I realise that we all have one thing in common and that is our sexuality. Seeing such a wonderful group of people dedicating their time and talents for our community enhances my pride and joy in being gay and raises my passion for JOY. I appreciate everything our volunteers and staff do for JOY.

I am also very passionate about the role JOY plays in helping listeners who are challenged by their sexuality to feel more comfortable and accepting of who they are. JOY provides safe, open and honest communication for our community and the world at large. This again normalises who we are in society.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

Past Board Members did a great job in creating a radio station of the quality and standing that JOY is today. I want to work with current Board Members to prepare JOY for future challenges, be they financial, technical, operational or cultural.

JOY needs financial strength to remain relevant and to be envied by other community radio stations. I see my role as critical to achieving this. This requires integrity, professionalism, focus on governance, duty of care and dedication to ensure success.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

I love Tina Turner. Her voice and her energy are amazing. For me she is simply the best!

Secretary: Sammy Cameron

Sammy Cameron

Sammy Cameron

I joined JOY 94.9 as a member in 2011. The idea of using my voice to make a positive difference in other people’s lives, had me undertaking TOR in mid 2012. I’ve been doing my broadcasting apprenticeship since that time, and regularly present weekday and sometimes weekend radio. As my radio career at JOY evolves, I plan to undertake more diverse community enagement, capture personal stories, and introduce unique, different and thought provoking content.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

For me it is about understanding and accepting sexual and gender difference as being normal. To be progressive, innovative and unexpected. I want more female voices at JOY. I want us to better understand and engage with the other letters of the queer alphabet; and to see how labels can be both useful and harmful. To know what it feels like to be forever different. To make sure that every single person has a place, is loved and wanted. To save lives, through inspiring content, that in the end, shows that we are all the same.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

The board must be focused on strategy to ensure the long term viability of the organisation. And so JOY 94.9′s financial position must be sustainable over the long term. I want to see our membership grow in demographics where we are currently under represented. I want to see us be an educator, communicator and leader. I want to see an operational culture where each and every employee and volunteer feels valued, important, appreciated, needed and wanted. I want to see us engaging with youth; for they are our future, and for them to know that they have a responsibility to preserve the progress that has been made.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

Well I think a tide changed when Lady Gaga released Born This Way. And those words made me hold my chin up, and feel good. So I’ll say her. lol

Director: Geoffrey Devine

Geoffrey Devine

Geoffrey Devine

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been a member since 2004 and started volunteering for Office Admin role seven years ago. I had long had a desire to do some on-air presenting on areas about which I am passionate and knowledgeable, but needed to be trained and find the right platform. In 2012, Sammi, Matt and I drafted the idea of Gay News Week: a fast-ish paced news magazine program and undertook the Taste of Radio course at about the same time that we started on air. I am proud of the program that we are putting to air. I wanted to extend my involvement in JOY 94.9 and successfully contested election for the Board in 2012.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

I am passionate about JOY 94.9 developing further as a leading broadcaster nationally in the community and GLBTI media sectors, and believe that the processes and stability in the back-of-house areas are pivotal to achieving this goal. I am also passionate about news and current affairs and believe that coverage of issues affecting our community is important.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

I would like to contribute to the growth and strength of JOY 94.9 by good governance, particularly in the areas of policy and procedure. I have a professional history of managing people and believe this is essential to achieving strength in the media industry and as leaders in the GLBTIQ sector. Our strength is our people. I am committed to a values-based approach to creating stronger organisations. In achieving great broadcasting, community strength and being a volunteer organisation of choice, we need a background of living within our means while aiming to expand our resource base. We need robust internal processes in areas including and broader than financial, which support and develop us in to the future.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

This one is hard for me; I consume music and other culture pretty passively and usually can’t name performers and musicians! I do love music with strong vocals, anything with a saxophone solo (I used to play sax), as well as live theatre. I listen to everything from pop and commercial dance music (did I say with vocals?), to classical music and some jazz.

Director: Melinda Rich

Melinda Rich

Melinda Rich

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been involved with JOY 94.9 for almost 4 years. I always knew about JOY and was a regular listener, but I didn’t really have a lot of awareness of JOY 94.9 beyond that, I guess I just took it granted! A professional colleague got involved on the JOY 94.9 Board, and approached me when the Finance & Audit Committee was being established. I was so happy to get involved, it was a terrific way to apply my skills to a different organisation with a different set of challenges. Being on the Finance & Audit Committee for the last 4 years has been very gratifying. Seeing the systems, processes, and capabilities of the organisation steadily improve with all of the benefits flowing through to sustainable financial performance is wonderful. That gives us the solid base to not only keep doing what we’re doing, but to grow and develop.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

It’s so awesome living in a city that has a voice for our community! I felt so happy and proud the day that JOY 94.9 did our simulcast with 3AW. Hearing all those people calling in with stories from our community. Such a wonderful moment. That’s the amazing stuff that JOY 94.9 can do, bring everyone in our community together, but also bridge us into the wider community.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

I am unashamedly passionate about making JOY 94.9 financially viable, and getting as many ‘best practice’ systems and processes into the organisation as possible. Those things make for a very solid and sustainable organisation. After lots of hard work from the staff and volunteers, with guidance from the Board and the Finance & Audit Committee, I think we are at a point now where we have the cost base of the station really well understood and really well managed. What that now means is that we can focus on some other areas, like growing our ‘top line’ with membership, patron programs, fundraising, etc. I’m really excited to see us develop our results in those spaces during my time on the Board.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? 

That is such a hard question, there are thousands and thousands of songs in my iTunes library! I’ll say Macklemore. I really like hip hop, so seeing a performer from that genre stand up for marriage equality with ‘Same Love’ was pretty groundbreaking.

Director: Cassie Chadwick

Cassie Chadwick

Cassie Chadwick

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9? In what capacity have you been associated with JOY 94.9?

I have been a member of JOY 94.9 for over 3 years. I started as a volunteer in early 2013. I am a member of the O/A team with a permanent shift on Saturday mornings and a casual long term shift on Tuesday mornings.

The radio station has a different personality on the weekends compared to the week days; I enjoy and appreciate the different moods of the station.

I am also fortunate to meet different people during the week and the weekends. Over the last several months, the Taste of Radio course has been running during the time that I am on the desk. I love seeing the Taste of Radio participants gain more confidence as the course progresses.

What are you so passionate about JOY 94.9?

My daughter introduced me to JOY 94.9 some years ago. She has been an avid listener for a long time. She is now an on air volunteer at JOY 94.9. I consider myself privileged to be a volunteer alongside my daughter.

What would you like to achieve while you are on the Board?

I have professional experience in risk management. I would like to offer these skills to JOY 94.9 whilst I am on the Board to protect, preserve and sustain the future of the radio station and all that it offers to the GLBTI community.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

I am fan of Lady Gaga. I admire the stand she has taken about who she is as a person. Tegan and Sara, Sara Bareilles and Missy Higgins are on high rotation on my iPod at the moment.

Director: Melanie Saba

Melanie Saba

Melanie Saba

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been a listener and member of JOY for years. I was looking to volunteer to the station when this opportunity came up.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

Apart from being a great radio station, JOY plays a vital role in promoting issues for the community and provides a forum for diversity to be celebrated and supported. JOY helps members of the LGBTIQ community to feel safe, valued and included and provides a valuable link to the broader community to understand the issues faced by the LGBTIQ community.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

To be part of a great team that progresses the great work that has been done by previous boards and provides the framework that supports our staff and volunteers to be able to continue to deliver great radio to the community.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

I am probably music for moods really – quiet music for quiet times and vibrant new music on the way to work – but I have to admit to an enduring fondness for Kylie!

Director: Zemeel Saba

Zemeel Saba

Zemeel Saba

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been a passionate JOY 94.9 member and listener for many years and while I have recently returned this year from living in Gippsland since 2010, I am now passionate to give more of my time and skills as a board member and not simply as a listener and supporter.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

JOY 94.9 brings such rich diversity to community radio and the heart and soul of the organization is its volunteers. JOY continues to be the contemporary GLBTIQ community voice and there is so much potential for JOY to positively impact and normalise sexuality and identity and be diversity leaders for people of all ages.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

Working as part of the board I hope that my contributions support the achievement of a strong strategic vision for long-term financial sustainability. I would love membership and sponsorship to double over time and see continued innovation and improvements in finance, risk and governance.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

No such thing as a favourite performer – my tastes continue to change and I am blown away by someone new every 2–3 years. A performer who always sings from the soul and performs like no other is Angelique Kidjo – she has been doing this for years and is always amazing.

All pictures courtesy of Tim Lennox