IT TAKES A VILLAGE,
PEOPLE!
OURS IS TINY
But... from little things, big things grow.
It doesn't have to be a big one.
WENDY ZOCCOLI
Founder / Executive Committee President
Wendy gave out Free Mum Hugs in Perth to support her cherished gay community. While somewhat of a whim back then, the significance of how a hug can alter the course direction of ones life is what's inspired her to grow this cause. BAH is on a mission to build a National movement worthy of positive change for the LGBTQI+ people.
SHANE
JACOB
VICE PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Shane is a small business owner and runs a successful conveyancing business, he has previously served on a number of not-for-profits boards and is proud to be the Vice President of the Beyond A Hug executive committee. "I joined Beyond A Hug to assist Wendy with her dreams and passions, raise awareness and to integrate our communities so they work together in harmony."
The Late
SECRETARY / EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
"For me, Beyond a hug is more than just raising awareness for groups and organisations. I personally have made great friendships along the way and also helped others make friends and find social groups that they would like to be apart of or would fit into. It's meaningful and rewarding to realise that Beyond A Hug is making real impact in people's lives and creating a stronger, safer and accepting community here in Perth."
29/03/1989 - 20/09/2021
JAYDE
ZOCCOLI
WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT /
COMMITTEE MEMBER
A history of rebuilding company brands, and a deep knowledge of web, CRM, and business management provides BAH with the clarity and support needed of late to develop the board offerings. "Increasing awareness of pathways and connection to the various wonderful queer communities not only in Perth, but globally, is something I feel is really lacking and therefore knew had to be part of it."
DANIELLE
COOK
SECRETARY / GOVERNANCE PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMITTEE MEMBER
Freya started as a volunteer in 2020, supporting fundraising and backstage at BAH's first Rainbow Gala. She became part of the management committee in 2021, and has become the board secretary and helped to set up the governance and brand documents, public relations and sponsorship. "I have worked with charities before and when Wendy told me what BAH was working towards, I thought it was a great idea and long overdue in WA! It's been great getting involved and I'm excited for what comes next".
FREYA HEATHCOTE
COMMITTE MEMBER AND KEEPER OF ORDER
Kellie has been senior team leader for over 15 years and is well versed in management and successful processes. She's also fabulous at keeping things in order and the BAH crew in line. "I was fully emmersed in the LGBTQI+ scene in my 20s overseas. When I moved back to Perth I really struggled to find how to connect with the queer community. Being involved with BAH to create that connection we all need is exciting"
KELLIE TURNER
COMMUNITY ADVOCATES AND MUPPET REPRESENTATIVES
Big hugs to these two. Where would we be today without them?
BERT AND ERNIE
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