Your Committee

CICADA Queensland Committee

Stephen Willis – President

Stephen has been a member of CICADA Queensland for 10 years, and he brings with him a wealth of experience as he has held various committee positions over the years. He worked in the Liquor industry until his retirement due to deafness. 

Stephen had a Cochlear implant fitted in 2005.

Shirley Edwards – Secretary & Lifetime Member

Shirley has been a contributing member of CICADA Queensland for over 10 years and secretary since the mid 1990’s. She is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient and worked for Queensland Police for over 20 years in a variety of administrative roles. Shirley enjoys the contact with other cochlear recipients. She is involved in furthering access for all hearing-impaired people via captioning and campaigning for open captioned movies. She currently works 1-2 days a week for Bradley Reporting, CICADA Queensland’s official captioners.

Josephine McMahon – Magazine Editor

Josephine has worked in administration in both the government and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in history and literature from Griffith University. Her many interests include historical documentaries, fiction, film, jogging, Tai Chi, swimming, bush-walking, photography and gardening. 

She is passionate about the importance of hearing health and acceptance.

Penny Phillips – Sunshine Coast Representative

Penny is a bilateral cochlear recipient who has never looked back! She lives in Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast and has two sons and six gorgeous grandchildren. She has a background in Administration and was Secretary for Better Hearing Sunshine Coast for twelve years. She enjoys the great outdoors, gardening, walking the dog, cycling, keeping healthy and fit and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Penny facilitates Monthly Meetups at the Sunshine Castle Cafe, 292-296 David Low Way, Bli Bli on the last Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12noon. If you need more information, you can contact her at pennyphillips1@bigpond.com.

Judith Raxworthy – Fraser Coast Representative

Judy has been involved with hearing loss organisations for many years, as Coordinator/Secretary of Better Hearing Australia Maryborough Branch and with Deaf Services Queensland. She is a life member of both Deaf Services Queensland and Better Hearing Australia. She has a BHA Tutor Diploma in Lipreading and Hearing Rehabilitation.

Judy received her first implant on the left side in 2002, a re-implant in 2003 due to auditory nerve failure (not an implant failure) and an implant in her right side in 2007 which helped enormously.

She lives in beautiful Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast. She has four children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren, all living in Hervey Bay or Maryborough.

She enjoys beach walks, op shopping, playing board games, and mosaic craft. Her passion, apart from family, is helping people to accept their hearing loss and finding ways to improve their quality of life.

Judy Raxworthy holds Monthly Meetups at Hervey Bay Public Library, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba from 10am to 12noon on the first Wednesday of each month. If you need more information you can contact Judy via SMS 0409 188 903 or judyrax48@gmail.com.

Kevin Hobbs – Gold Coast Representative

Kevin received a Cochlear Implant N6 in 2016. He has been involved with Hearing Impaired advocacy since 2002, and is currently President Of Gold Coast Hearing support group where he helps with facilitating hearing management classes in Southport.

His Monthly Meetups meets at the Able Centre, 13 Sykes Court, Southport, from 10am to 12noon on the first Wednesday of the month. If you need more information about the meetings, you can contact him at obbsie@gmail.com.

Louisa Handyside – Darling Downs Representative

Louisa lives in Toowoomba with her husband and two energetic daughters.  She worked as a consultant pharmacist prior to losing her hearing due to bilateral menieres disease. She has a bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Pharmacy and is currently doing post-graduate research in Pharmaceutical Public Health.  In 2018, Louisa received an Advanced Bionics cochlear implant and a Phonak Link hearing aid. With her new found hearing, she has not looked back! Louisa joined CICADA Queensland in 2019 and quickly became the Darling Downs representative. She’s an advocate for improving access to hearing solutions and hopes to help others along the way on their hearing journeys.

Her Monthly Meetup meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12noon at CUA Community Hub, 470 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. She can be emailed at louisahandyside@gmail.com if you need more information.

Libby Best – Committee Member

Libby has been a CICADA Queensland member since 2016 and joined the Committee in 2019. The second youngest of seven children, Libby was the third child born with severe hearing loss wearing hearing aids since the age of 6 months. In October 2015 she had her cochlear implant fitted.

She has worked in Queensland Government for 18 years and is an award winning photographer, earning her Bachelor of Photography degree at Griffith University in 2012. She has won international and national awards for her powerful yet sensitive exploration of some of life’s hard stories. From the painful, joyous beauty of childbirth to the sadness of a person’s last dying days, the realities of life for Thalidomide victims and the stark cultural differences in developing countries such as Cambodia.
 
Libby lives on the north side of Brisbane with her husband and three teenage children.

Peter Fuhrman-Luck – Committee Member

Peter is a very dedicated and active member of the committee. Peter (known as Pete) has had a cochlear implant since 2006. He enjoys the comradeship of the group and the meetings. Pete works as a Construction Electrician but is now semi-retired.

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Sandi Kennedy – Committee Member

Sandi was born with hereditary Sensory Degenerative hearing loss diagnosed at 9 years of age. She  has a wide and varied experience in the community.  She has two majors in BA Human Services and achieved these distinctions with the use of a note-taker and tutor provided by the university disability support system, and FM technology when the tutor was willing to participate. 

She volunteered with Carer’s Qld, as Chief campaign manager for a local candidate in the Hervey Bay Bi-election and as treasurer for Dundowran Recreation Hall in Hervey Bay.  She was initially rejected for a cochlear implant under guidelines in 2009 as she was able to hear 60% of sentences.  When guidelines changed in 2015, Sandi was implanted and says it has changed her life, and currently works with people who are ‘job in jeopardy’.  She is an active and popular committee member of the CICADA Queensland committee.

Jay Lee – Committee Member & Audiology Support Advisor

Jay joined CICADA Queensland in 2018 as a committee member. Jay has an Audiology degree from the University of Queensland. Since, he had been working as a clinical Audiologist with special interests in diagnostic and rehabilitation Audiology especially implantable devices. He loves to hear people’s stories and be a part of their hearing journeys. Jay became CICADA’s Audiology Support Advisor where he contributes helping members with general Audiology enquires in their hearing journeys.

Richard Vander Have – Committee Member

At about 13 years of age, Richard started losing his hearing due to hereditary issues (according to the family ‘legend’). He lived with deteriorating hearing and hearing aids all through his working life as, first a draughtsman, and then an engineer. After retiring,  he became active in local U3A’s and a computer club where he periodically takes courses to teach people to dis-assemble and reassemble PCs. He says life is easier since he received his implant in mid-2016.  And harder since he joined CICADA in 2018. He was elected to the CICADA committee in mid-2019 but still retains his interest in U3As and the computer club.