About Us

Who We Are

Volunteering NQ is a leading Volunteer Resource Centre, connecting individual, corporate and groups of volunteers with great volunteer opportunities. 

We also provide training for volunteer managers and community organisations to strengthen the not-for-profit sector and networking events for the NFP, Business and Government sectors provide a platform for value adding relationships to be developed.

Our services are available in Townsville and expanding to Ingham, Charters Towers and the Burdekin.

Our Staff

Cayley Downey

Acting Manager; and
Training & Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Originally from the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Cayley moved to Townsville in 1989 and continued her role as a legal administrator.

For over 30 years, Cayley has enjoyed a diverse range of legal, administrative and financial positions within the Townsville Community, including many as a volunteer for local sporting clubs/associations and, in particular, as President  of Unlock the Lachs.

Since 2000, Cayley’s administration roles specialised in Conveyancing for the legal profession and as a self-employed bookkeeper and accounts administrator.

Cayley is an avid advocate and strong believer of inclusivity in our local community and is excited to join the VNQ team to provide support and a one-stop resource for all volunteer stakeholders.

Management Committee

Emily Sehu


Emily, born in Malaysia, arrived in Australia for her tertiary education in 1996. Being of Malaysian Chinese decent, is fluent in various languages and dialects including English, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and has previously studied Spanish and beginners Nepali.

Emily currently holds the position as the Deputy General Counsel of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Prior to moving in-house, Emily was in private legal practice in Australia and overseas specialising in Intellectual Property and litigation.

Since arriving in Townsville in 2008, Emily has been involved in various community events as a volunteer including Townsville’s Christmas event, Stable on the Strand, as organiser of the Preview Night for various years, undertaking administration tasks and assisting with guest artists. Emily has also volunteered to assist members of the community with odd jobs in their homes through the Neighbour to Neighbour initiative by the Combined Churches of Townsville. Emily regularly volunteers in church and supports community events such as the AIMS Open Day, Walk for Freedom A21 campaign and various Townsville theatre groups by attending local productions.

Emily appreciates the importance of the volunteer sector and volunteering as a very effective way to assimilate and contribute to the community. Emily’s professional role equips her with skills for building teams and providing leadership.

Trayeden Fulmer

Vice President & Secretary

Trayeden is a Townsville born and bred local, currently completing Year 12 at Ryan Catholic College. As a fulltime student Trayeden has held numerous employment opportunities in Sales, Customer Service and Business Administration fields. Throughout these roles he has developed extensive communication and networking skills with a keen interest in helping others.

Trayeden enjoys supporting his local community through volunteering roles with 5 years volunteering as a rugby league match official, as well as assisting in numerous volunteer capacity through school commitments. His most significant contribution and proudest achievement in the volunteering community was noticed in his integral support following the devastation of the 2019 Townsville floods. As a 15 year old school student, Trayeden was able to use his leadership and coordination skills to organise a volunteer army of approximately 60 volunteers, which assisted in the clean-up and recovery efforts of approximately 150-200 homes in the most affected suburbs of Townsville. For his contributions he was acknowledged locally, regionally and at a state level, receiving numerous nominations and awards for his volunteer accomplishments.

Trayeden feels extremely privileged to have the honour to form part of the VNQ management committee and has high hopes to engage and empower young people across the region to engage in volunteer opportunities.

Ernie Bunt


Born in Emerald, Queensland, Ernie completed Primary school there and some Secondary school at North Rockhampton High.

He has held various jobs over the years including tradesman in the Railway and 20 years in the Service Industry finishing as a Regional Manager for P&O Services with a budget of $12-15 million.

He has also spent 10 years in the Youth Welfare System and 25 years in the Scout Movement, of which the last 20 years has been as Regional Commissioner and a member of the State Management.

Cr Margie Ryder

Margie Ryder, commonly known as “Mad Maggies”,is what some call the little pocket Dynamo. Under Margie’s stewardship, the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival was awarded Queensland Best Festival / Event at the Tourism Queensland awards and was also Highly Commended at the Australian Tourism Awards.

Margie has spent over 10 years as a Councillor, numerous years as a volunteer in various roles and has overseen the HR and finance arm of their family engineering business, which now employs 27 people locally.

She is the Townsville City Council’s elected representative for Division 1.

Margie’s sometimes unruly way of getting sponsorship or networking has worked in her favour, but her passion for the volunteer sector is what drives her.

Without volunteers NOTHING happens.

Dianne Newell

Dianne returned to Townsville in 2019 after spending a few of years living and working in Kalgoorlie, WA. She is a Human Resources leader who is passionate about supporting people to be the best version of themselves. Dianne has worked with her husband in small business and most recently led the HR function for a complex mining operation.

Dianne has volunteered for many years in the community. She has run events, supported projects, and assisted in supporting and mentoring various organisations in community. Working with organisations in Kalgoorlie has provided a great understanding of the obstacles that regional areas face. She has sat on various committees and is looking forward to working with VNQ.

Jacqui Bekker

North Queensland born and bred, VNQ committee member, Jacqui Bekker is passionate about our beautiful region. Jacqui has volunteered for various sporting and community focused groups and as a former employee of VNQ, is excited about the future of volunteering and the important role it plays within our community.

Michelle Sawtell

Bio coming soon.

Regan Brosnan

Bio coming soon.

Josefina Romanelli

Bio coming soon.