Kylie Gerber

Kylie Gerber has been a volunteer in Glenroy and the surrounding area for over a decade having been a member of Merri-bek Democracy Lab, teaching women English at Sussex St Neighbourhood House in Pascoe Vale and St Dominic’s Primary School in Broadmeadows. Kylie says, “It is very rewarding helping people. We think we’re just doing our job, but the other person is so appreciative.” Kylie currently works for not-for-profit organisation U3A Network Victoria. She is also a member of the Glenroy Art Group where she attends life drawing classes.

Kylie’s family stretch back generations in Glenroy. “My Mum’s family have been in Glenroy since my great grandparents who started the furniture shop across from the station with my grandparents. Dad worked there as well, and he was on the Chamber of Commerce…I’ve got a lot of history here and people who have lived here for a long time remember that part of history, so that’s lovely.” Her own family live in Glenroy too and support the work she does.

A proud Glenroy resident, what Kylie loves most about the area is, “All my friends. The families that we’ve met. There’s some wonderful people around here. I try and break through to people so they’re comfortable. Because I know people feel prejudice. I love meeting people from different cultures.” Of her nomination for The Extraordinary Women of Glenroy, Kylie says, “My parents are really proud. My sister got one for Moonee Ponds Valley and now I’ve gotten one!” Kylie is an extraordinary and compassionate woman dedicated to helping her community. As Kylie says, “It takes a community to make a community.”