Stand Like Stone leader appointed

Stand Like Stone leader appointed

The Limestone Coast’s only community foundation, the Stand Like Stone Foundation, has announced Lucindale’s Georgie McKay as its new chair.

Stand Like Stone Foundation chief executive Roger Babolka said the board formally appointed Mrs McKay last month following the recent stepping down of Robert Mock, who was the Foundation’s Chair for three years.

“We certainly know Georgie has a wealth of knowledge and experienced in the philanthropic sector, but Georgie also brings to the Foundation strong technical understanding and practical experience in the operation of community boards,” he said.

“It’s also appropriate that we take time to acknowledge efforts and commitment of the retiring chair Robert Mock. Robert was with the Foundation for over 10 years and will certainly be missed, but I know he’ll continue to be a strong advocate for the foundation.”

Mrs McKay is no stranger to the foundation, holding the position of executive officer at the foundation from 2012 through to 2020 and was at the helm of the organisation during a period of significant growth.

Mrs McKay had recently returned to the Foundation, taking up a director’s position in the second half of 2023.

Mrs McKay is a member of Impact100 SA, was the 2016 Recipient of the Australian Community Philanthropy Award for Excellence and Achievement and a former non-executive director and treasurer of Community Foundations Australia, the peak body for community foundations in Australia.

“I am honoured to be appointed as the fourth chair of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and I am looking forward to working with both the board and the executive team to grow the foundation for the Limestone Coast community,” she said.

“I have had the privilege of working under previous chairs Sue Charlton AM and Bill DeGaris, and more recently having sat on the board with retiring chair Robert Mock.

“I hope to draw from their exceptional leadership and bring renewed energy and strategic focus. It’s an exciting time for Stand Like Stone and I cannot wait to get things under way.”

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