Meet the members – Ellie Tree
What is your business?
I currently work in volunteer roles, including for Mission Australia Housing, the Neighbourhood Care Network and a charity I founded called Phoenix Foundations, aimed at providing housing relief and planning assistance to help people navigate the complexities of rebuilding after a natural disaster.
How long have you been in Bellingen?
I moved here about 3 years ago.
How has the pandemic affected your business?
It’s certainly impacted Phoenix Foundations purely due to government bodies having to shift attention to the pandemic response. We can’t get into communities and host workshops, and a lot of the areas we’ve been working in (all along the East coast) don’t have reliable telecommunications. We’re waiting for a branch of government to be formed before we can really begin to get our hands dirty with providing our services.
You’ve just joined the Chamber – what prompted you to join and what are you hoping to contribute?
I actually joined on behalf of my husband’s building business (Jordan Tree Building) because I saw that the membership was free until this financial year and thought it would be a great way to stay connected and see how other businesses were impacted and dealing with their own pandemic issues. I’ve been appointed to the Chamber board as the Social Media Director and I’m super keen to experiment with all the opportunities social media platforms offer as a means to network and enhance the services we can provide to our business community!