Staff & Committee

Toy Libraries Australia is governed by a volunteer Committee of Management elected annually by its membership. Members of the TLA Committee enjoy being involved in their own toy libraries, as well as supporting the work of toy libraries across Australia.

Being a member of the committee is a great way to get more involved in the toy library community, share best practice operating information and support other toy libraries. There are a number of roles available with various short and long term projects.  If you are interested in being a member, we'd love to hear from you. Email us at info@toylibraries.org.au.

Toy Libraries Australia employs an Office Manager up to 10 hours a week. The main functions of the Office Manager are to:

  • Manage the day-to-day administration and finances of TLA
  • Provide responsive advice and support to toy libraries
  • Support the work of the committee

Toy Libraries Australia also employs a Toy Community Manager on a casual basis. Toy Community was established by TLA to enable toy libraries to buy toys at cheaper prices from wholesalers. The manager is able to give you recommendations on great toys for your library, assist with grant applications and ensure you maximise your toy buying.

  • Debbie Williams
    President

    When Debbie moved to Moonee Valley and found the commute to the Melbourne  Community Toy Library too far, she decided to start a new toy library. Little did she know that the Moonee Valley Toy Library would take over her life and in 2 years grow to have 450 family members. Debbie has two young daughters, works part time as a strategy consultant and is on the Board of Monash Health. Her favourite toy is the mini micro scooter, so much so that she got a 2-wheel version for Mother's Day.

     

  • Sharna Ellington
    Office Manager

    Sharna became a member of Moorabbin Area Toy Library (MATL) in July 2013, and became President of MATL November 2013.  For the last few years she has been enjoying her role as primary carer of her two gorgeous kids.  When she's not spending time her family you’ll find her working for TLA, and hatching plans with her committee for MATL.  Sharna's favourite toys include her son's colourful cubebot - a wooden robot with elastic band muscles that transforms into many shapes - and anything Schleich!

     

  • Amanda Hotchin
    Vice President
    Amanda joined the toy library in 2009, after moving to Australia from America. She became the President of Leopold Toy Library in 2011. Amanda is a registered primary school teacher in Victoria, but currently only gets paid part-time, in an effort to keep up with her REAL job - four boys aged 9, 8, 6 and nearly 1 yr old. Her favourite toy is any board game that requires group participation, like Pictionary or Apples to Apples.
  • Rebecca Lalor
    Secretary

    Rebecca has been a member of the Croydon Toy Library since 2006 and is currently the Purchasing Officer. She has 3 young kids and loves the look on their faces when she gets a delivery of new toys (‘It’s Christmas!’) and then the excitement on other kids' faces once the toys are on the shelves ready for borrowing. Being a committee member has taught her many new skills, involved her in the community, and has been great for her children’s development and entertainment as well. Rebecca's favourite toy is a collection of I'm Toy dinosaur sets from Artiwood because they are so beautifully made and appeal to kids of all ages and genders.

  • Catherine Zappolato

    Catherine first joined the Kingston Toy Library in 2007 when her son was 1½ years old. The following year she became the coordinator of the library and has been there ever since. In that time Catherine has been part of the growth and transformation of the toy library, including launching its first ever family day and extending opening hours. One of best things about the toy library is the committee, who all want what is best for the library and work hard to achieve it. There is no one favourite toy for Catherine loves them all equally, and says it would be like choosing a favourite child - not possible!

  • Amy Williams

    Amy has been working as a toy library coordinator for 12 years, nurturing the Collingwood toy library into the thriving community service it is today. She is passionate about supporting  local families through the toy library and has a wide knowledge of toys for young children.  Amy has too many favourite toys to list.

  • Lyn Turner

    Lyn has been Tea Tree Gully Toy Library manager for 14 years. She is passionate about toy libraries and enjoys working with her team of volunteers to support the community. She has gained many skills during that time and now aims to utilise those skills by promoting TLA to SA toy libraries. She is also looking forward to being a voice for SA in this national body. There are so many favourite toys that it is too difficult to choose just one, but she does have a soft spot for Melissa & Doug and imaginative play.

  • Anlina Jones

    Anlina has spent a number of years serving on the committee of Manningham Toy Library, and is currently one of their Duty Coordinators. Anlina has a background in graphic artwork and is a stay-at-home mum to her children Brodie and Amelie. Anlina aims to continue to expand and improve Toy Libraries Australia and the great service it offers to its members. Her favourite toy at the moment is the fabulous range of Smart Games that promote problem solving and logic in fun and creative ways.

  • Claire Kingdon

    Claire has been a member of Hastings Toy Library on Mornington Peninsula and is currently the Coordinator of this small toy library.  With a background in emergency services, she is a stay at home mum and has two young sons, Rory and Mitchell, who help contribute to her knowledge of anything related to Lego, fire trucks, diggers and trains. Claire is passionate about all things 'Toy Library' and gains much inspiration and enthusiasm from fellow committee members. Her favourite toys at the moment are the Australian-made wooden Tuzzle Puzzles, as they promote a variety of themes that appeal to young and old.