Our volunteer committee brings a wide range of expertise to help plan and deliver the festival events
Our Chair, Anne Field, is married with three adult children and has been with the festival since it began. With a background in health management, planning and accounting, Anne brings a wide range of skills to the committee.
Vice Chair Jennifer Coote joined the festival committee in 2013 eager to support the committee's intent to make arts and culture accessible to our region. Jen, with the support of her husband David and four children, is passionate about the festival and its culture of inclusivity and creativity.
Our Treasurer, Kim Hague, has extensive experience in events management - having worked on some of Australia's biggest events such as Sydney Royal Easter Show and Big Day Out. Kim works in the tourism industry in Dubbo and is passionate about events, tourism and the community (all of which is only possible with a supportive family). Kim also is a volunteer board member of Orana Early Childhood Intervention.
Our Secretary, Michelle Dean has been with the festival since 2012, and takes is the lifeline of the lantern parade and workshops.
Founding committee member Bruce Buchanan has lived and worked in rural NSW his whole life. Although Bruce is retired, he is busier than ever with his various volunteer roles. A recipient of a 2016 "Dubbo Day" Award, Bruce along with wife Val enjoy working to help advance the city of Dubbo. Bruce was a tour conductor and organiser of the legendary "Jolly Swagman" tours run in the 60s and 70s.
Nicola Chandler has extensive experience in tourism, marketing, project management and business events. As a new resident of Dubbo she is keen to contribute to community activities and offer her skills to an iconic multifaceted festival such as DREAM.
Catherine Kelly, and her daughter, have recently made Dubbo their home, having moved here from Johannesburg, South Africa. Catherine has a background in Human Resource Management, Travel Management and a passion for Social Media Management.
Racheal Mahon is a successful Dubbo businesswoman and has been with the committee since 2013. Hailing from Narromine, Racheal is committed to the region and showing just how much it has to offer.
Camilla Ward, is a long time supporter and contributor to the creative arts and drama industry in Dubbo through her work as a teacher, director and producer of various arts programs and productions in the region. She is a mother of two and currently works with various local arts organisations in supporting local children and youth to "bring out their creative voice within".