Skilled New Director Kerry Ives: A Great Fit For Bank Board – March 2020

Kerry Ives

When Kerry and her husband Trevor moved to Mirboo North in 2017, she was keen to become involved in the local community. To this end, Kerry recently accepted an offer to become a Director of the Mirboo North & District Community Bank Board with a view to supporting the local area and contributing to strengthening the community.
Trevor and Kerry are parents of a son and daughter who have married lovely partners and obligingly given them four beautiful and energetic grand-daughters to love cherish and, of course, babysit.
Kerry’s professional career spans over 45 years and was spent in Federal Government departments and the Not for Profit sector, particularly within the fields of employment, training, education, apprenticeships and traineeships. During that time, Kerry worked with people from all walks of life including industry, business, employer groups, professional bodies, government agencies, job seekers, trainees, educational institutions and community agencies.
With a keen interest in painting and drawing, Kerry undertook a TAFE Certificate Course in Art and Design when her children were young.
“The interview to enter the course was a bit nerve wracking, especially as I had finished secondary schooling over 10 years before but, as they say, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’. Fortunately, I was successful in my application; I learnt a great deal and enjoyed the course immensely. Being one of the older students, I felt privileged to work alongside some truly talented young people who had their whole lives ahead of them, hopefully within the art, graphics and design fields. One of my most vivid memories of that time was that of my young daughter’s enthusiasm in “helping Mummy” with my paintings and drawings by adding “beautiful squiggles”, Kerry relates.
In continuing this interest Kerry joined U3A’s Art for Art’s Sake sessions with a small dedicated group of people. On entering some of her paintings in the last two Mirboo North Art Shows and the CWA Exhibitions, Kerry was “blown away” by the talent that exists in our corner of Gippsland and the high calibre of the art shows and exhibitions.
The Mirboo North ArtSpace workshops offered a chance for Kerry to expand her craft skills. Here Kerry learnt crocheting, a skill she had always wanted to master… with expert guidance she has become, as she describes it, an “aspirational crotcheter”.
Although leading a busy life, Kerry has still found time to become involved in the CWA Mirboo North Night Owls; of which she is now secretary. Kerry finds it very satisfying working with this group of wonderful women, committed to working towards the CWA goal of helping those in need in the district; in particular women and children.
At the recently held AGM and Grants Presentation Night of the Mirboo North & District Community Bank, Kerry’s position on the Community Bank Board was confirmed and she was delighted to see the manager, staff and directors on the night welcoming a wide range of community groups benefitting from the profits of the Community Bank.
Kerry’s diverse skill-set and life experience adds much to the expertise of the Board and she is now Chair of the Human Resources and Property Committee. The Board are delighted to have Kerry on the team.