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.


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Marie-Claude held roles in project management, stakeholder relations and community development for the corporate mining sector for 10 years. During that time, she was seconded to the community of Townsville for a period of four years to deliver a World Health Organisation (WHO) program on injury prevention, in collaboration with the local community and the health sector. She has also worked for the State Government. Department of Local Government.

As the Townsville Chamber CEO from 2009 to 2020, Marie-Claude was the advocate for 200 businesses impacted by the redevelopment of Townsville’s CBD, a 2-year $56 Million infrastructure project. She helped re-build the Chamber from the inside out, overseeing all aspects of the business including financial viability, brand development, stakeholder relations, advocacy, media, and operations.

Marie-Claude has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, France, Belgium and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude (‘With Great Distinction’), from San Jose State University in California, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Major in Community Development, Dean’s List, from James Cook University in Townsville.

Email Marie-Claude at manager@vnq.org.au  

Coming Soon…

Management Committee

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.

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.

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For 35 years Patricia was employed as a Private Secretary in four different countries, i.e. New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe and Australia.  In Townsville she established a Secretarial Service in 1990 which operated through to 1995.  The business involved minute taking, resumes, job applications and selection criteria.  She was invited to become a part-time Training and Development Officer with Thuringowa Job Training Centre in 1992.  This followed with employment at TAFE in both Home Hill and Townsville as a Business Studies and Information Technology teacher from 1995 to 2000.  From 2001 to 2013 Patricia owned and operated a 28 room motel and 40 powered site caravan park in Normanton, hosting workers, tourists, tour buses and ‘grey nomads’. Patricia is now retired and resides at Toomulla Beach.


Originally from Western Australia, Denise is a qualified accountant with extensive experience working in Finance and Human Resource roles.  With a diverse background including mining and resources companies, engineering and the education sector, Denise is currently employed as the Program Manager at Ronald McDonald House North Australia.

Denise has volunteered with St Johns Ambulance Service in the past and whilst living overseas spent time working with West African orphanages, schools and local midwives to understand the challenges they face. As an active volunteer at Southern Cross Catholic College, as a past Board member and most recently as President of the Parents and Friends Association, Denise has also had experience volunteering with St Vincent de Paul and St Brigid’s Catholic Church parish.

Denise values the contributions that volunteers make to the North Queensland community and is an advocate promoting positive youth volunteering experiences.

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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.


Our services are proudly delivered by a growing, skilled, diverse and enthusiastic team of 20+ volunteers!  

Our Commitment to Volunteers

Volunteers engage in activities that make a meaningful contribution to organisational goals.

Volunteers enjoy working in a social and inclusive working environment.  

Volunteers have opportunities to contribute existing and develop new skills.