Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd


Boroondara Youth Foundation
The Boroondara Youth Foundation, facilitated by the Craig Family Centre in Ashburton, is part of a statewide initiative that funds youth-led projects and aims to increase young people’s connections with their local community. The Company supports the foundation financially (recently funding a professional facilitator) and by providing mentoring and advice.

We are helping the foundation’s committee (which is comprised entirely of local young people) create a sustainable funding platform, by helping them develop strategies to raise funds from other sources.

Youth Summit
Bendigo Community Bank® branches and youth foundations work with the Magic Moments Foundation to grow the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow. In 2014, 101 young people from around Australia gathered in Kyneton at the Youth Summit. They attended sessions on leadership skills (like communication and team building), aspects of business (including financial literacy, investing, compounding and entrepreneurship) and social issues (such as social media etiquette and bullying). We awarded scholarships to two applicants from local high schools in 2014, and two applicants from local sponsored community groups.

Junior Observers
We recommenced our Junior Observers Program in 2014, where four local Year 11 students attend our Board and committee meetings, and find out how a listed public company is administered. The program gives business students a solid understanding about modern corporate governance procedures and why they’re important. Students also meet key personnel from the business, to understand their roles and responsibilities.

We take the students to the Bendigo Centre, the national corporate headquarters for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, located in Bendigo. After touring this vast, modern building and how it operates, the students meet executives from different parts of the Bank, to discuss how they affect the work of their local Community Bank®.

Places for future Junior Observer Programs are available only for students from partner schools, and are keenly sought. For more information, please contact Juliann Byron.

Youth Committee
We recognise the important contribution youth can make to our future growth and development through our youth programs. We plan to keep helping the young people who take advantage of our youth programs. Our Youth Committee assists the Board on issues affecting young people in our community. The committee reports to the Board, and the committee chair will attend Board meetings to report on the committee activities.


Sporting clubs

Sporting clubs receive approximately half of the funds we invest. This is a considered strategy, because Australians value sporting clubs highly. Sport and recreation provides a catalyst for community gatherings, from small functions to major events, where people play talk and share experiences (Department of Sport and Recreation WA). Most of the 100 clubs we sponsor are run by volunteers and provide a vital community function, adding to the social capital of our community.

We spread our investment among a variety of sports, covering all ages, gender and ability. We have invested over $1.34 million in local sporting clubs since 2003. Around one-third has gone to football clubs (34.6 per cent), one-third to cricket clubs (32.6 per cent), 7.0 per cent to soccer clubs and 6.1 per cent to basketball clubs.


Community welfare

We’ve invested over $671,000 in community welfare groups and organisations since 2003. Around 60 per cent of these funds have gone to organisations helping people with disabilities, like Alkira, the Learning for Life Autism Centre, Basscare, Burke and Beyond and Samarinda Aged Care Services. The remaining 40 per cent went to other community welfare organisations, like the Boroondara Youth Foundation, Foundation Boroondara, the Magic Moments Foundation, neighbourhood centres and houses, and support groups.

Schools and early childhood

We’ve invested over $158,000 in 26 local schools since 2003, including government schools, Catholic schools, independent schools, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, and special schools. We’ve invested another $24,000 in early childhood services like kindergartens, child care services and toy libraries.

Community groups and events

Community groups and events are another way we invest in our community, especially those delivering programs. We’ve contributed over $353,000 to community groups and events since 2003. Almost half has gone to Rotary clubs (45.5 per cent), while traders associations received almost a quarter (23.2 per cent).




Latest Community Projects

Camcare program supports Parkhill Primary School

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch and Chairman Juliann Byron attended the Camcare Annual General Meeting and presented a cheque for $13,200 to Camcare Chief Executive Officer, Jane Broadhead.
The grant provided by the Ashburton Community Bank® funded the ‘Inspiring Warriors’ program being run at Parkhill Primary School. The program teaches emotional regulation and resilience.

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Art Show at Roberts McCubbin Primary School

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch and staff member Tegan Paul presented a cheque for $1,000 to Roberts McCubbin Primary School Principal Margaret Pickburn to support the upcoming Art Show. Local and well known artists work will be on display. The Community Bank® has a good relationship with the school and we wish them every success for their event.

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Defibrillator for Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre

Kathy Koulouris, Manager of the Ashburton Community Bank® branch and staff member Madeleine Smith attended the Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre Annual General Meeting. They presented a cheque to the Centre Chairwoman Margaret Taylor and Co-ordinator Peter Nash. The funds provided by the Ashburton Community Bank® were put towards the purchase of a defibrillator.

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100 years of Mont Albert Primary School

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch presented a cheque for $1,000 to Mont Albert Primary School Principal Jason Walker to support the the Centenary Fair being held in December.
The Community Bank® has a strong relationship with the school and we look forward to being involved in the Centenary year celebrations.

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25 years of Swinburne University

Chairman, Juliann Byron and Senior Manager, Nick Coker attended a gala dinner to celebrate 25 years of Swinburne University. Held in the Plaza Ballroom, the event celebrated the remarkable achievements of Swinburne people– visionaries, trailblazers, connectors and challengers. The Swinburne story is one of great ambition and tremendous achievement. Our network of Community Bank® branches have a strong relationship with Swinburne University. We support the Centre of Student Leadership, provide leadership and volunteer awards and provide support to the Financial Inclusion Program for students in financial difficulty. We congratulate Swinburne on this wonderful achievement.

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Banking Rewarded at STC South Camberwell Cricket Club

Our Mobile Relationship Manager Gary Johnson, from the the Ashburton Community Bank® branch recently attended STC South Camberwell Cricket Club 2017-2018 season launch. Gary presented cheques to club Secretary James Tirell- $5,000 for sponsorship of the upcoming cricket season and a further $2,000 in recognition of recent home loans approved for two club members at the Ashburton Community Bank® branch. We wish the club all the best for a successful season.

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Brian Nankervis hosts Music Festival kick off

The Surrey Hills Music Festival kicked off in style at the Emulation Hall in Canterbury last week. Brian Nankervis hosted festival favourites The Band who knew too much and Andy Layfield and the Sound.
The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is once again a Major Sponsor of the Music Festival which will be held in Surrey Hills from 17-19 November.  The Community Bank® has provided more than $34,000 in Sponsorship of the Festival over the years. We look forward to a fabulous 2017 event.

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Lots of laps at Surrey Hill Cricket Club

Surrey Hill Cricket Club launched their 2017-2018 season with a lap-a-thon. The Junior cricketers had 20 minutes to run as many laps of the Surrey Park oval as they could. The lap-a-thon was a fundraiser for the club and runners went into the draw to win an iPad donated by the Surrey Hills Community Bank® .  Branch Manager, Maggie Stamoulis presented the iPad to an very excited Ben who was the winner on the day. Ben and other junior players raised more than $500 for the club.

We wish the club all the best for a successful season and look forward to assisting club members with their banking needs.

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Banking Rewards for Lacrosse Club

Maggie Stamoulis, Manager of the Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch and staff member Jo May recently attended the Surrey Park Lacrosse Presentation Night where players received recognition for outstanding contribution to their club.
Maggie addressed the audience highlighting the Community Bank®‘s Banking Rewards program.  The Community Bank® has provided financial support to the club of more than $15,000 to date. Pictured with Maggie and Jo are club secretary Ashley Davidson & president Ritchie Toomey

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All set for the cricket season at North Balwyn

Senior Manager, Nick Coker and Balwyn Community Bank® branch Manager, Adam Osmani attended the North Balwyn Cricket Club 2017-2018 season launch. Club President, Neil Dalrymple commended the Community Bank® for our ongoing sponsorship of the club and accepted a $3,000 sponsorship cheque. Sponsorship funds are used for equipment purchases and the development of the player programs, in particular the the women’s and girl’s teams that were introduced last season.

We wish the club all the best for a successful season and look forward to assisting club members with their banking needs.

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