Hollomby Foundation names new chief

Adam PoulsenGeraldton Guardian
The late Joe Hollomby.
Camera IconThe late Joe Hollomby. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

The Hollomby Foundation, which provides scholarships for Mid-West students to attend Geraldton Universities Centre, has appointed Yvonne Messina as its new chairwoman.

Yvonne Messina.
Camera IconYvonne Messina. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Ms Messina accepted the role at the foundation’s recent annual general meeting, after the retirement of outgoing chairman Grant Woodhams.

A GUC board member, Ms Messina has a distinguished background in education management and governance.

“Theres some new courses coming to the GUC, and it’s a great incentive for students to enrol knowing that there’s scholarship opportunities through the Hollomby Foundation,” she said.

The Hollomby Foundation has provided about $406,000 in scholarships to nearly 160 students.

It was founded in 2010 by Ian Wheatland after the murder, 11 years ago today, of 94-year-old Geraldton man Joe Hollomby.

Mr Hollomby — known affectionately as the Shortbread Man — baked and sold vast amounts of shortbread to raise money for charity.

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