The Dom Polski Centre is run by a dedicated group of volunteers
The Dom Polski Society Board of Directors all work gratis, each bringing a professional set of skills to the team. The board meets once a month, and our AGM is held on the last Sunday in November.
A supporting group of volunteers assists the board – an invaluable asset for maintaining the facilities and spirit of the Centre. The Dom Polski Society is currently seeking to grow its volunteer collective, please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.
Current Board Members
Len Nowak – Chairperson
A former airline captain with a background in Public Affairs and the broadcast media, Len brings a rich legacy in team building and management. Len holds degree qualifications in politics, communications and journalism from Flinders and Deakin Universities. Len is a senior member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and is a former RAAF officer. Previously, Len served as a government ministerial advisor in the South Australian Government, and later was the National Aviation and Defence Correspondent at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He is the owner of several media production companies that specialise in corporate and personal videos, in addition to film and video transfers and restorations.
Adam Skuza – Shareholder Liaison Manager
Adam is well known in the Polish Community as a qualified interpreter and Polish citizenship consultant. He studied at the prestigious Warsaw School of Economics, and has successfully operated his own interpreting and translating business. Adam has been a member of NAATI, the National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters. He also served as the consultant to the Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea on court translating services. Adam manages the share registry and communications database assisted by a highly qualified team.
Zofi Brzezinski – Functions and Operations Manager
Zofia (Zofi) has a wealth of experience in both the corporate sector and the Polish Community. She formerly worked in insurance and banking holding leadership positions for many years. Zofi currently runs a small business specialising in flowers and floral arrangements. Her Polish Community commitment has seen her undertake organisational roles in the Polish Folklore Ensemble ‘Tatry’ and is also the group’s Event Co-ordinator. Zofi manages all functions at Dom Polski and leads a team of dedicated volunteers.
Rick Wiechula – Grants and Gifting Director
Rick has extensive experience working clinically as a Registered Nurse with SA Health including leadership positions at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Since 1995 he has been an academic at the University of Adelaide, teaching and conducting research in Nursing and Health Service Delivery, with projects in the UK, Denmark, USA and Indonesia. He retains a title as an Adjunct Associate Professor with The Adelaide Nursing School and continues to supervise a number of PhD students.
Rick has long been involved with the Polish community. As a child he was active in the Polish Scouts and was a dancer and instructor with the Polish Folklore Ensemble Tatry. He remains involved with Tatry as the Wardrobe Manager for the senior male dancers. This experience provides him with a strong understanding of the cultural and social needs of a vibrant multi-cultural community.
Chris Gibki – Secretary
Chris is a former Mobile Bank Manager and Business Relationship Manager in the corporate sector. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles in Banking, Lending, Insurance, Relationship Building and Management as well as Team Building and Management. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking and a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking.
Chris has a long relationship with the Polish Community having previously been a dancer with both the Ottoway Dancing Group and later with the Tatry Polish Folklore Ensemble as a teenager. Her community commitment includes being a JP, volunteer work at Dom Polski and with the Tatry Folklore Ensemble as a Committee member and volunteer.
Richard Szkup – Treasurer
Richard is a former meteorologist, with postings across Australia and Antarctica. He completed his studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology which equipped him with the numeracy skills he employs in his current role as Treasurer. Richard is also a presenter and producer for Polish and English programs at Ethnic Broadcasters Inc at radio station 5EBI in Adelaide. He is on the Dożynki Festival committee, and was involved in the PolArt Adelaide committee. In addition, he is treasurer for the Polish folklore Ensemble ‘Tatry’, and the Polish Broadcasting Committee in SA.
Wanda Koplin – Share Registry Team and Seniors’ Liaison
Wanda has been volunteering for the Polish Community for most of her life. From an early age, she was involved in Polish dancing, Polish language classes and was an active member of the Polish Scouts and the Polish Choir ‘Polanki’. Her role in seniors’ liaison contributes to Dom Polski’s outreach program to the older members of the Polish Community, an invaluable function in ensuring the past is honoured and treasured. Wanda is also in the Federation of Polish Organisations in S.A. and as a volunteer driver in the Polish community.
Camille Trepa – Design and Marketing
Camille has been working as a creative designer for the past 12 years in advertising, design studios and government agencies. She holds a degree in Visual Communications from the University of South Australia. Camille’s freelance work has included assisting various Polish community groups in graphic design such as the Polish Hill River Church Museum and the Dożynki Festival. She is a senior dancer in the Polish Folklore Ensemble ‘Tatry’. For the last 12 years, Camille has been a dance instructor for the group. She manages the publicity, social media and marketing for Dom Polski.