Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Edition 31 – August September October

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Writers: Sandi Wallace, Bernadette Dimitrov (Mrs Claus), Katherine Reynolds, Lisa Ford, Mon Andrews, Coral Kennedy, Tony Andrews, Ingrid Ward, Sally Dusting-Laird, Mary Howley, Leanne FitzGerald.

Photographers: Sally Dusting-Laird, Sierra Laird, Jo Horswill.

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Our Authors

Sandi Wallace
Sandi WallaceAuthor Dead Again & Tell Me Why
Sandi Wallace’s new rural crime thriller is Dead Again. It follows Tell Me Why, winner of the 2015 Davitt Award Readers’Choice and shortlisted for the 2015 Davitt Award Best Debut. She has also won prizes in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for her short crime stories. Connect with Sandi at www.sandiwallace.com.
Tony Andrews
Tony AndrewsDirector of Intelligence Integration Australia
A revolutionary training program that improves children's learning, concentration and behaviour naturally and without medication. Developed in Israel by the late Dr Moshe Elbaum, the system has over 25 years of field research and development. It has helped thousands of children around the world who were experiencing learning difficulties and issues associated with ADHD.
Sally Dusting-Laird
Sally Dusting-LairdWriter for The Foothills
Sally Dusting-Laird was a full time journalist for Melbourne's daily newspapers and Channel 7 news and was the former editor of the Upper Gully News. She works in community development and continues to write for her local area.
Zoe Peltekis
Zoe PeltekisKnox Environment Society Member
Zoe Peltekis has been in the business of managing volunteer programs for many years. A qualified Social Worker and Trainer, she has been involved in the creation and support of Volunteer Program Development in Aged Care, (Dementia), Palliative Care, Mental Health and of recent times Refugee Health.
Katherine Reynolds
Katherine ReynoldsCo-founder & Managing Partner of Growing Pains
Katherine is an acrylic painter based in Upwey. Katherine is also Co-founder and Managing Partner of Growing Pains Initiative, a new arts initiative which showcases emerging artists 30 and under. www.growingpainsinitiative.com www.katherineareynolds.com
Mrs Claus
Mrs ClausAuthor, Peace & Happiness Ambassador Founder
Discover principals for a great life with Mrs Claus. A ripple effect of good energy not just in your life but for others around you too. www.SantaClausPeaceSchool.com
Lisa Ford
Lisa FordWriter for The Foothills
Lisa Ford considers herself fortunate to be a long-time resident of our beautiful Hills area. She juggles raising her treasured family with work, while cultivating personal passions for the arts- such as writing, music and attending local live theatre at Burrinja and 1812- and exploring the spiritual side of life - through meditation and tai chi. Her favourite quote is "Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint you can at it" (Danny Kaye).
Coral Kennedy
Coral KennedyWriter of Coral's Garden
Coral is a long-time gardener with an abundance of passion, experience and knowledge to share.
Sue Wootton
Sue WoottonRegional Children’s Librarian at Eastern Regional Libraries
More about Sue coming soon...

About The Foothills

The Foothills magazine is truly appreciated by the local community. It covers business, community and tourisms news, events, local success stories and more. The site features electronic newsletters, feature stories, recipes, photographs and news, all from the Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey and Tecoma communities.

From the Editor

Welcome to the first of the digital editions of The Foothills community news. Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers that has put this edition together. Many are long term volunteers who you will have followed over several years and others are new writers inspired by the opportunities of the new digital edition.

We are keen to grow the Foothills with your contributions. If you have a club, a school or an interest that you’d like to tell us about each quarter then please contact me so we can arrange for your own column. We also welcome photos and quick news stories that we can use to update the Foothills between editions. Send those contributions and messages to thefoothills@coonarahouse.org.au.

Thanks and happy reading.


The Foothills Editor