Our committee

Lyndel Robinson – Deputy Chair

Lyndel joined Melbourne Uni’s Womens Lib group in the early 1970s and later Melbourne’s lesbian groups.  As well as being involved in political events and campaigns, she also loved the feminist lesbian social scene – the dances, parties and theatre events.
 
On a break from university in the mid 70s, Lyndel worked in the vehicle building industry, becoming a shop steward in the Vehicle Builders Union, a position which taught her a lot about the ability of a united union membership to effect positive change for its members. She has continued to be an active union member throughout her working life. 
 
Lyndel returned to university in the late 70s to do a teaching degree. She worked as a secondary teacher for more than thirty years, firstly as a humanities teacher and then, after retraining in Industrial Arts, a Design and Technology teacher. In between teaching jobs in Victoria and New South Wales, Lyndel also worked in youth refuges, women’s refuges, aged care and disability services. She currently works for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 
 
Over the years, Lyndel has come to appreciate more and more the achievements of Matrix, both of the committee and the Matrix membership, in advocating for older lesbians, especially  in the areas of health and affordable housing. She also appreciates the social events which Matrix organises and the opportunity these provide for social interaction. She has really enjoyed activities such as the recent film festival, the current dance classes and the dances which, until a few years ago, seemed to have completely disappeared from the scene. 
 
Lyndel has enjoyed being on the Matrix Committee so far, and looks forward to being more involved in the range of activities that Matrix is involved with in support of our community. 

Email: lyndelar@bigpond.net.au

Liz Smith – Secretary

Liz Smith has been a radical lesbian feminist activism for over twenty five years. She believes lesbians have a unique perspective and culture Liz Smiththat needs protecting. She joined the Matrix Guild Committee to help organise club events. She brings creativity and planning skills to the committee. 
Email: secretary@matrixguildvic.org.au

Pat Mitchell – Treasurer

Pat was formerly a website designer and computer support staff member at La Trobe University IT Division and earlier in the Finance Division as an accountant, following many years of accounting in the private sector. Pat has been hearing-impaired for most of her life and in 2014 received her first cochlear implant. Pat has now received a second implant (bionic ear) in February 2016.

Mobile: 0409 901 043

Email: treasurer@matrixguildvic.org.au

Chris Sitka – General Committee member

Chris Sitka has been a lesbian feminist activist since the early 1970s when she simultaneously joined Gay Liberation and Women’s Liberation. As a member of numerous groups fighting for lesbian rights over the decades she has built up deep knowledge and understanding of the struggles and discriminations lesbians of her generation faced, and continue to suffer from. She joined Matrix to continue advocating for the interests of older lesbians. She has been a prolific writer and spoken at numerous conferences, forums, workshops and consultations on lesbian issues.

Email: sensical@123mail.com

 

Robin Gregory – General Committee Member

Robin has been a lesbian feminist since the early 80’s and has been an activist in many areas including initiating the first Lesbian Festival in Melbourne in Robyn Gregory1990. She has worked as a social worker, counsellor and manager in areas of family violence and aged services. Robin now works at Women’s Health In the North in a communications role. Robin is also passionate about writing and is working on her second crime novel featuring a lesbian Private Investigator.

Email: rbngregory@gmail.com

 

Loretta Smith – General Committee Member

Loretta Smith has been a member of the Matrix committee since 2018. As a woman with a physical disability she is particularly sensitive to the needs of older lesbians dealing with the myriad of physical and mental needs of older women with disabilities and the physical/mental changes we may be challenged with as we age. Her working Loretta Smithbackground has included managing programs for people with disabilities, case managing packages of care for aged clients in the community and supporting voluntary carers of people who are aged, have a disability or mental illness. She is also advocates for wildlife and the environment in her spare time.

Loretta has recently embarked on a new ‘career’ in writing, having her first commercial book, ‘A Spanner in the Works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s first all-girl garage’ published in March 2019.

Email: lorettasmithwriter@gmail.com

Penny Anggo – General Committee Member

Email: daphne_16@hotmail.com

Michelle Intveld – General Committee member

Email: michelleintveld@hotmail.com

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