executive committee

Cate Heys (President)

Prior to her retirement, Cate held a variety of senior roles as head of state offices with federal government in the Northern Territory and in government and private industry in South Australia and the United Kingdom. She also served as a board member with RSPCA in Darwin and in various other voluntary committee roles.

Cate retired to Mission Beach in 2016 but is happy taking on short-term and part-time work to fit in with traveling and other interests. She started painting in 2016 and has been enjoying the learning and creative process as well as the atmosphere and community engagement through Mission Arts.

Cate joined the Executive Committee of Mission Arts in 2017, became President in 2018, and plans to utilise her skills and experience to ensure a vibrant, sustainable, welcoming community art facility for all.

Diana Dade (Vice President)

Originally from the US, Diana migrated to Australia in 2014 to be with her husband, long-time Mission Beach resident Danny Dade. She balances her volunteer commitments with a full-time presence in their small business, Mission Beach Generator & Electrical Hire, where she manages the administrative and operational elements of the business.

Diana joined the Executive Committee of Mission Arts in 2017 and was nominated as Vice-President in 2018. She brings strong organisational, administrative and project management skills to the organisation with a focus on increasing publicity and promotion, stemming from a successful career in advertising, event planning, and organisational design.  Diana hopes to continue building on the strong foundation established by previous Executive Committee members and volunteers while maintaining a vision and developing a strategic plan for an even more vibrant, more engaged, more inclusive community arts organisation in the future.

Diana enjoys earth art, seeing and creating ephemeral art within the natural landscape. She exhibited as part of Mission Arts' 'Our Earth, Our Land, Our Art' Mentored Exhibition in 2015, where one of her works, 'Respect', was chosen as the exhibition's featured work. She loves incorporating organic materials from the natural environment into home decor and enjoys arranging flowers, shells, and other found objects into centerpieces and other visual displays. When time permits she can be found participating in the varied workshops that Mission Arts offers, gardening, and collecting "treasures" from along the area's stunning coastline.

Carol Giuliany (Secretary)

Carol has lived in Australia for 44 years, having migrated from Trinidad in the West Indies in 1971. She is married and, together with husband Richard, have owned and operated businesses in Mission Beach for a number of years. They have an adult son who, together with his wife, live and work locally. Mission Beach has been Carol & Richard's home since 1985 and they have no intentions of moving anywhere else as they believe they have found our Utopia.

Carol took up art after her retirement in 2014 and gravitates towards landscapes, seascapes and nature using Acrylic and Oil mediums.

She loves to be involved within the community and volunteers her time to Mission Beach Community Arts Centre Inc. (Mission Arts), where she is an active committee member as well as volunteer in the shop and other various sub committees.  She also volunteers her time to Mission Beach Meals On Wheels where she enjoys either cooking or delivering meals to the wonderful local recipients.

Susan Foley (Treasurer)

Susan Foley describes herself as a “lifelong learner”.  Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.  She recently retired from 23 years of teaching with Education Queensland. Her teaching experience includes agriculture and science in high school followed by teaching Indonesian language in 5 primary schools in the Cassowary Coast over the past 14 years. Prior to this, Susan worked for the Department of Primary Industries.  

Susan is happiest in her shed manipulating metal with the forge, welder and plasma cutter to create metal art for exhibitions and just for fun.

By being involved in the Mission Arts committee, Susan aims to grow public engagement with the Arts with a particular focus on the engagement of young people.

Wanda Lowe (Committee Member)

After studying Art and Design at the Prahran College of Technology, Wanda embarked on a career in the fashion industry, firstly as a designer, then moving on to procurement and management positions.  She worked for well-known fashion chains Merivale and Mr John before joining Sportsgirl.

Wanting to see Australia, Wanda left Melbourne and headed north in 1972, eventually settling at Mission Beach where she developed a business designing, manufacturing and wholesale of children's clothes under the "Little Clams" label.

In 1990 Wanda opened Mission Beach Interiors and adapted her design skills and training to the creation of unique interiors with her artistic talents allowing her to place a special emphasis on the effective and innovative use of colour.  Her detailed knowledge of fabrics and manufacturing techniques of soft furnishings for our tropical environment give her the edge.  Wanda's experienced and skilled workroom team take great pride in creating high quality customised workmanship.

Wanda's talents have not been limited to interior design. She is a founding member of Mission Beach Community Arts Centre Inc. (Mission Arts), a Life Member of Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club and also an executive member of Mission Beach Community Association Inc.