Who We Are


Standing Tall Hamilton is successfully able to train mentors who can support and encourage youth in need due to the hard work and dedication of many people, groups and organisations.

Julie Drechsler
Julie DrechslerCommittee of Management
Julie has a background in Family Social Sciences and Youth Work. She has held extensive roles in Education, Community Services and Local Government, and has been a Mentor in Standing Tall over many years. Julie is passionate about Youth, Community Development, Inclusion, Community Health and Wellbeing. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our committee.
Glenda Cadden
Glenda CaddenCommittee of Management
Glenda took on the role of Treasurer in 2017. She has also previously been a mentor in the program. Glenda and her partner Bob have lived in Hamilton for 17 years after relocating from Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula. Bob is also a long-time mentor of the program. Glenda brings to the committee, a wide range of experience in financial auditing and administrative roles obtained from working in varying sectors from banking, manufacturing and disability. She has a Diploma in Quality Compliance auditing as well as multiple years in office procedures including Management Accounting.
Rob Vecchiet
Rob VecchietCommittee of Management
Rob was the previous Principal at Baimbridge College and has been part of the program since its inception almost 20 years ago. He continues to be a passionate supporter of this valuable program.
Peter Elsworthy
Peter ElsworthyCommittee of Management
Peter has been involved in Standing Tall since around 2005. He has been a mentor with the program with a number of different students over those years, and seen many successes. He has extensive experience with young people as a coach for local Hockey clubs. Peter has also been an instrumental member of this community, working in outreach from the Hamilton Uniting Church. He does strongly believe that “it does take an entire village to raise a child”. He thinks Hamilton is a great place to live and he has joined the Committee of Management is extremely passionate about what Standing Tall can do for young people, and he hopes to see mentoring “Thrive and Survive” in our community.
Karyn Dyson
Karyn DysonCommittee of Management
Karyn brings a wealth of expertise to our Committee of Management as a local Business Owner with a strong background in Administration and Finance through her years of working in the legal, alternative education and industrial sectors. She has also had extensive experience within her community, giving her time to hold executive roles on the boards of both the Hamilton Regional Business Association and the Hamilton Pastoral Museum, as well as being an Inaugural member of the Hamilton Inner Wheel Club.
She has had a strong connection with young people over many years through her work as a mentor with Standing Tall, as a coach in the local Marching Association, and as a Board Member on the Southern Grampians Adult Education Board of Managers. She is keen supporter of education for everyone! Despite your colour, creed, race, financial status or intellect/disengaged youth! Education is a right, not a privilege
Ewan MacDonald
Ewan MacDonaldCommittee of Management
Ewan moved to Hamilton from Darwin with his family in 2013 and began teaching at Baimbridge College in 2014. In his time at the school he has worked closely with Standing Tall in the capacity as a Year Level Coordinator and Sub-School manager of mentees of the program.
In his 15 years of teaching, he continues to be passionate about seeing young people achieve their potential and reach beyond the limitations they put upon themselves.
Amba Chace
Amba ChaceCommittee of Management
Amba joins the Committee from a unique perspective. Amba is the first program participant to come back as an adult and give back to the program that helped develop her into the young woman she is today. Amba was a participant in Standing Tall from Grade 5 through to Year 12. After leaving school, she worked overseas before returning to the region wanting to give back to her community.
Jane Crowe
Jane CroweProgram Coordinator
Jane has a background in Youth Work, having worked in Alternative Education in Adelaide for a number of years before returning home to this region. She is passionate about seeing young people being given every opportunity to be the best possible versions of themselves and becoming valuable members of their community.
Joan Leiws
Joan LeiwsCommittee of Management
Joan has a background in Financial Management and has worked in tax accounting, spent 11 years with Iluka Resources and most recently in a director role with local government. By joining the Standing Tall Committee, Joan is looking forward to assisting wherever her skills can be best utilised.
Jeanette Pritchard
Jeanette PritchardSupportive Friends of Standing Tall
Jeanette is the founder, and ambassador, of the Standing Tall program.
Bruach Colliton
Bruach CollitonSupportive Friends of Standing Tall
Community champion
Rev Peter Cook
Rev Peter CookSupportive Friends of Standing Tall
Community champion
The Late Dr Geoff Handbury AO
The Late Dr Geoff Handbury AOPatron
We honor the legacy of our esteemed Patron Dr Geoff Handbury AO. Dr Handbury was a strong supporter of the work of Standing Tall from its inception in 2003 until his passing in late 2019. His generosity and dedication to this program will always be remembered fondly. He has touched the lives of so many young people through his time as Standing Tall patron.