ECG Management Committee Member Mr Ian Calder

I retired in 1994 and not long afterwards I was approached by a member of ECG Management Committee, and fellow Rotarian, Peter Icely to join the Committee as Secretary and Public Officer, as ECG had just been incorporated. As a professional company secretary, I accepted the invitation and joined the Committee on Friday 16 January 1995.

I was born and raised in Melbourne and from my late teens have always been involved in community service, much of it to support the interests of my four children.

By quirk of the calendar the first meeting of the Committee meeting in 2015 was again Friday 16 January and I decided to retire from the Committee to make way for some new blood with fresh ideas.

The growth of ECG over that 20 year period has been quite staggering – 73 volunteers to well over 500, five part time staff to 17 including two full time. Volunteer hours have increased from 1,387 to 38,591 and income from $115,544 to $1,065,747.

It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to participate in and contribute to the management of ECG during this period of growth. I will always be available to assist ECG in other ways as the opportunities arise.

(Photo of Ian Calder being presented with his 50 year membership certificate last year for the now named Governance Institute of Australia.)

Awards and Recognitions of ECG Volunteers 2015


Not only has Bev Honey volunteered for 18 years at Easy Care Gardening, now its official, Bev has been recognised for volunteering with the Royal Botanical Gardens and Domain Trust for 25 years. Assisting with the curation of plant species, Bev said ‘the transition from her career as a pharmacist into volunteer work hadn't been that drastic’. Well done Bev, you are a champ!


Congratulations to Lyndell van Noort who received OAM on Australia Day for her wonderful commitment. Volunteering 27 years with ECG and other organisations, a well deserved award and a wonderful honour. Well done Lyndell we are very proud of you. Easy Care Gardening held a small celebration with Lyndell and her team.


(Photo of Lyndell in the front centre and her team.)

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