Our Management

Cathie Buckley General Manager

Cathie was appointed as the general manager of Camp Breakaway in April 2018.

Ruth Sumners Chair

Ruth Sumners

Ruth worked her entire professional life in education where she honed her management skills from mediation with students, parents and staff, as well as working in staff development.

Since retiring, she has enjoyed being an active participant in groups, such as; the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW (Bateau Bay branch), the Northlakes Ladies Probus Club, the Probus Club of Lake Munmorah, and as a member of Camp Breakaway with most of her roles as the chair or secretary.

She became a member of the Breakaway Auxiliary in 2000 and was elected secretary in 2002, 2003 and 2013, then chair 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. She also became a member of the Camp Breakaway Inc. board in 2014, first as secretary, then vice chair 2016-2017. Currently, she is the Breakaway Auxiliary vice chair and workshop coordinator too.

"I’m thrilled working with the team of dedicated volunteers who diligently work to achieve the objectives of Camp Breakaway. Apart from my other duties, I’ve also been a volunteer lodge worker at every camp for the past 17 years. In summary, I firmly endorse the mission statement of Camp Breakaway and will continue to work tirelessly to support it."

Ruth Sumners

Jenny Taaffe Vice Chair & Secretary

Jenny Taaffe

Jenny worked for the NSW Public Service Commission for 35 years and retired in July 2014. Her professional roles included teaching and working as a home school liaison officer, assessment and compliance officer, community program officer, child protection caseworker, and manager of disaster recovery.

Jenny is now in her third year on the board, last year as secretary and this year as both secretary and vice chair. She has also been a volunteer at Adults with Disabilities camps, SMS (Smith-Magenis syndrome) camps, and Young Carers and Siblings camps over the past three years.

Before retiring, a common thread across her positions was the need to be able to communicate and work with the community and within a team. In particular, working collaboratively as a partner or in a supervisory role for children and their families in school communities, as well as with other government agencies, NGOs (Non-governmental organisations), and private providers to achieve the best possible outcome.

As a teacher, she worked directly with mainstream children and those with additional needs and their families or agencies providing services to help them. Working with community-based organisations, she assisted and supported their role in the management of services, attended and chaired meetings, offered advice to ensure that a service was meeting the requirements of the funding body, sat on interview panels, and supported management committees when attending meetings with funding bodies.

On a personal note, she has first-hand experience with a disability from caring for her late husband who declined over a ten year period from MS (Multiple sclerosis). Caring for her husband also gave her respect for the emotional ride that carers and their families go through in providing daily care and in accessing services to help. It also made here aware that, when able, people with a disability should be active participants in decision making about their care.

"I'm committed to community-based management. I feel that it provides a management model that is the grassroots level of a service; where the requirements of a service are best recognised, then acted upon and steered by a collective of board members with a wide variety of skills that assist in the ongoing professional management of the service."

Jenny Taaffe

Cheryl Hocking Treasurer

Cheryl Hocking

Cheryl has been a volunteer at Camp Breakaway for the past ten years, during which she has attended every type of camp and worked both as a carer and as an administrative assistant; this has given her an exceptional understanding of what Camp Breakaway is all about. She has also been a volunteer for the Central Coast branch of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia.

With 30 years of experience in the financial sector including 25 years working as an accountant for private accounting firms on the Central Coast, she now runs her own bookkeeping business and is a registered BAS agent for the ATO.

Diane Wigglesworth Director

Diane Wigglesworth

Diane is very passionate about Camp Breakaway for what it does and for what it will do in the future for people with and without disabilities.

Previously a board member, Diane returned to the board in 2017 bringing with her once again the experience of many years of working in the banking sector with health funds.

She also has business and teaching experience, having completed several courses - in particular, one in commercial floristry which resulted in running several florist shops over the years and teaching floristry at technical colleges for a few years, as well as running a small trucking business with her husband.

Apart from Camp Breakaway and floristry, her other loves are her family as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, her home, travelling and technology.

Micelle Price Director

Micelle Price

Michelle lives on the Central Coast with her husband Roger where she is the CEO and a director of Allcare Nursing & Community Services in Toukley.

Incredibly, she has been passionate and dedicated to Camp Breakaway since the first camp 35 years ago. She is honoured as a life governor and joined the board in 1992.

Her clinical expertise encompasses all aspects of disabilities, and apart from Camp Breakaway, she has assisted with charitable projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and for the Australian aboriginal community. She also trains, educates and facilitates for ET Australia (Employment and Training Australia) and university.

On a final note. Michelle was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for commitment and dedication to nursing including for people with disabilities and a PHF (Paul Harris Fellow), the highest award by Rotary International for her contribution to humanity.

Michelle and her husband have three children and eight grandchildren.

Paul Warwick Director

Paul became a member of Camp Breakaway in 2016. Since then, he has attended several camps and events, as well as many meetings.

Paul retired several years ago after a lengthy career with the CCLHD (Central Coast Local Health District). During his time with the CCLHD, he had many roles. When he retired, he was one of the senior executives responsible for community health services.

His corporate managerial experience and knowledge of the Central Coast community, give him the skill and qualification to make a very precious contribution to the board.

Paul and his wife live in Budgewoi.

Pauline Maniskas Director

Pauline Maniskas

Pauline, a long-time member of Camp Breakaway, has been a volunteer carer for the past 17 years, as well as the program coordinator for most camps the past 16 years. She was also an integral member of the numerous committees that facilitated their success and played an essential role in the instigation of the first SMS (Smith-Magenis syndrome) camp.

In addition to Camp Breakaway, Pauline is one of the founding members and secretary of the Central Coast branch of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia and the treasurer of the Northlakes Disability Tourism Precinct - in which she was recently involved in the construction of a disability access ramp at Lakes Beach. Pauline has also been working with Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets as a personal volunteer for the past 18 years and is a very active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Terrigal.