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District Governor 2026-2027
Michele Ellery
Lower Blue Mountains
District 9685
Michele, a Mental Health facilitator by classification, brings a wealth of experience from her nursing background. She is the proud founder of a multi-award-winning charity that caters to men, women, and children who have experienced violence and abuse. Recognizing the significant waiting time for services in Western Sydney, Michele ensured that people were seen within seven days. She provided free counselling and court support, effectively reducing barriers to access.

Michele's journey with Rotary began in 2018 when she joined the Penrith Rotary Club. Her dedication and leadership skills quickly became evident as she served as Secretary and Public Relations. Later, she transferred to the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains, where she continued to make a significant impact. Her roles included President (2020-21), Bulletin Editor, Admin Director, and Public Image Chair. In recognition of her contributions, Michele was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris recognition in 2021.

She has also served as the ROMAC Communications Co-ordinator, District Public Image team member, District Domestic and Family Violence Committee member, and Winter RYPEN camp mum, which she loves. Having spent three years as District 9685 Assistant Governor for the Blue Mountains and AG Convenor, she has learned much from the clubs and members. She is constantly inspired by the great projects delivered locally and internationally.
She has facilitated with the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) for the last five years and enjoys delivering leadership training as part of a team of facilitators in the future.

Michele is passionate about Mental health and raising awareness about the stigma of mental illness in the community. This is achieved by providing Mental Health First Aid courses for adults and Youth and has provided, in the last 12 months, over 35 courses to many Rotarians and community members.

Michele is the District 9685 Learning and Development Chair for 2024-25 and a Rotary Community Leader under the Regionalisation Pilot, looking forward to an exciting year!