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Cheryl Wickes
Position: President
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Cheryl Wickes
Position: President

Born in northern NSW, I spent most of my school years in Sydney before marrying and beginning a whirlwind life of moving constantly with my husband’s job. I didn’t have a chance to develop my own career during those years throughout Australia and New Guinea.

I often thought that I must be descendant from some nomadic tribe or another, feeling as though I had just started to make friends, before moving again until, after 18 years of constant change, my marriage ended, and with two teenage children to support, I needed to find a job in a small Sunshine Coast Hinterland town.
I finally bought myself a job by buying the local community newspaper… and fell into the perfect career!!!
I finally sold that paper, and, when I decided to move closer to my daughter and grandchildren in Rockhampton and ended up buying the local paper in Agnes Water before retiring to Rocky 14 years later.
Another move, and another community. And here at U3A I have found many new friends while enjoying growing old gracefully!

 

Henry Cope
Position: Vice President and 2023 Conference Coordinator

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Henry Cope
Position: Vice President and 2023 Conference Coordinator

Born in Toowoomba in 1952, I grew up there until moving to Brisbane in 1970 to attend University.
In 1974/5 in a gap year from Uni, Vicki and I travelled for nine months through Europe in a Combi Van, and married in 1976.
I became a bit of a perpetual student studying for a variety of degrees. Registered as an Architect, I worked in a number of Architectural offices in Brisbane until in 1983 when I accepted a six months job with a local Architectural Office in Rockhampton.
In 1987 I joined the Public Service (the old Works Department), and worked my way up to become the Regional Architect (for one day), before being seconded to the Health Department in 1993.
After three years as Program Manager for their Regional Capital Works Program, I returned to the Works Department as a Project/Program Manager until retiring in 2011.
I have held President, Secretary and Treasurer positions for a number of community organisations, and joined U3A in 2016.
Vicki and I have two daughters, Nicole and Mynissa, and two granddaughters, Charlie and Kaitlin.
For most of my life I did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I finally realized that all I wanted was to be a grandfather and be retired. Success!

 

Lenore Cook
Position: Treasurer

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Lenore Cook
Position: Treasurer

My early life was spent on stations in various parts of Queensland: Boulia, Normanton, Hughenden, Clermont and St Lawrence.
I went to boarding school in Charters Towers from Grade 7 to Senior. Later, I became an English and History teacher at the Girls’ Grammar School in Rockhampton and Blackheath College in Charters Towers.
I came back to Rockhampton to live in the late 1970’s, studied for a Bachelor of Business degree from Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education (now CQ Uni), and afterwards studied to become a Chartered Accountant.
I worked at Kennas, Chartered Accountants, for many years.
I joined U3A Rockhampton in May 2013. The following March, I became Assistant Secretary, then Treasurer, and both Secretary and Treasurer for the 2021 year. I’m still Treasurer, which is a position I enjoy holding.
My travelling and fishing days are over since my partner died. Now I enjoy reading, crossword puzzles and gardening, especially for my neighbour who pays me in wine.



Jane Brazil
Position: Secretary


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Position: Secretary


I am currently Secretary of Rockhampton U3A. In my previous life I worked in a butcher shop, owned and ran a garage, then started as a bar attendant at Brothers Leagues Club, and when I finished 32 years later, I was Administration Manager.
I was married for 45 years, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren all of which are the apples of my eye.
I joined U3A last year and have enjoyed the activities I have experienced. I have also met a lot of wonderful people through U3A.
     

Joan Cooper
Assistant Secretary
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I was born in 1947 in Bowen and spent my first 7 years on various cattle properties around Queensland. My family then moved to Rockhampton where I stayed, gaining my first permanent position in the office of Denham Bros., until I was 20. Feeling the need to spread my wings, I joined the Air Force and worked as a clerk/typist for the next couple of years at the Support Command Headquarters in the Blue Mountains. Marriage meant I had to resign from the service but, with my husband being in the Air Force, the next 20 years were spent travelling around Australia. After returning to Rockhampton, I worked for Centrelink for 25 years, mostly as the Admin Officer. That first big, scary move to join the Air Force was something I never regretted. A great life.
     

Leslie Smith
Position: Journal Editor
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Leslie Smith
Position: Journal Editor

Born 1944 in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. I lived and worked there until 1966.

I have spent all my life behind a desk, first as a junior office clerk and then as a stenographer. This was my parents’ choice as they wanted me to rise above factory work. I complied, but always an avid animal lover, had other plans, and dreamt of working with Gerald Durrell (the author of My Family and Other Animals”) as his secretary and travelling to Africa with him on his animal collection excursions.

I never did meet Gerald but, one cold Sunday, sitting beside our coal burning fire reading the Sunday newspaper, I spied an advertisement ‘Secretaries come and work in the sun’ in Africa.

That was when my life changed – the job on offer was to work in Entebbe, Uganda. I applied, attended an interview in London and much to my surprise (because I didn't think they would consider a country bumpkin with a strong Yorkshire accent), I got the job.

Lots of adventures, a marriage (I met and married David in Zambia) here I am in Rockhampton. This all goes to prove that if you are really passionate and want something badly enough– the opportunity will appear.

     


Vicki Cope
Position: Volunteer Coordinator
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Vicki Cope
Position: Volunteer Coordinator


I was born in Boorowa in NSW. After my father died when I was 2 years old, our family moved to Toowoomba where I lived until moving to Brisbane in my late 20’s.
I began working at Chandler’s Head Office in the accounts department until Henry and I went travelling overseas for 9 months.
On returning, I worked at Barry and Roberts where I was in charge of the Lay-by and Budget Department.
In 1976 Henry and I were married, and I worked for a small company called International Traders in West End until our first daughter, Nicole was born. After Nicole was 2, I worked part-time for Queensland Wholesalers until falling pregnant with my second daughter Mynissa.
At this time, Henry was offered a position in Rockhampton, and we moved in January, 1984, to Zilzie.
Mynissa was born with Down Syndrome, but we were fortunate that she had no other major health issues. To gain better access to Specialist Therapy Services, we moved to Rockhampton when she was 3. After Mynissa turned 10, I began part-time work at Kmart, working in various areas of the store until retirement.
We are now the proud grandparents of two beautiful grand-daughters.
I have often said that I spent my whole life working so I could retire and have fun, and, believe me, I am.

Alan Watts
Guest Speaker: Co-ordinator
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Alan Watts
Guest Speaker: Co-ordinator


Now some of you don’t know me. I’ve been asked to tell you now
A lit bit about me, and this poem now is how.
I was born up at Mount Morgan. Not far away from here.
You’ll have to guess my age though, As I won’t tell you the year.

For more than half my life though, Rockhampton’s been my place.
Both as a child and adult. That I could make my space.
I grew up in Park Avenue and did  primary school there
Grade eight was at North Rocky High, And then I moved elsewhere.

I finished school at Hervey Bay and there I joined the Bank.
For a forty year career, I now have it to thank.
To Biloela then I went and then moved on to Brissy.
I married, had two kids there. You can see I was quite busy.

To Clermont then we made the move. To Rocky I returned.
And that was back in ninety-three. Since then so much I’ve learned.
I studied up at Rocky T.A.F.E, and in retirement,
I ‘ve joined the local U3A and that is time well spent.

I run two groups , attend two more. I find each month’s Guest Speaker.
Attend committee meetings. Seems I’m a real thrill seeker.
My other interests are my Church and Politics, What’s news?
 You know me now and U3A helps me to share my views.

Alan Watts (Poetry for Leisure and Financial Discussion Co-Ordinator.
 

 


Nick Quigley OAM
Position: Web Coordinator

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Nick Quigley OAM
Position: Web Coordinator


I was born and educated in New Zealand and came to Australia on a working holiday in 1966. I was drafted into the Australian Army National Service in1967 at the age of 21 because I was a British Subject, and I served in Vietnam with 104 Signal Squadron.
Discharged in 1969 I started to work for CREB in November 1969. I stayed there for 3 months short of 30 years, gaining computer skills while working.
My first website was for an airshow in Rockhampton, then I went to TAFE and learnt the Dream-weaver program and have continued with that ever since.
My other interests are in photography, amateur radio, tech troubles, and gardening.
I’ve been a volunteer since 1999. I have a great interest in helping War Veterans and I’m on the executive at Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat Inc and the CQ TPI Assoc.
In 2006 I was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for Services to Veterans. When Helen was alive we travelled to many destinations in Australia in the caravan, went to Vietnam in 2010, and Norfolk Island and many holidays in New Zealand and we enjoyed three P&O Cruises.
 



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