PRESIDENT Kevin Butler  Kilmore East   VIC   0418 530 471
VICE PRESIDENT Brian Carr Mount Hutton   NSW  0428 984 117
SECRETARY Rhonda Butler Kilmore East   VIC   0417 552 116
TREASURER Dennis Livingston Caroline Springs VIC 0409 212 267
  Debbie Buttler  Kilmore VIC 3764 0418 990 172
  Chris Carr Mount Hutton NSW 0400 688 331
  Barry Thompson Mount Gambier SA 0437 397 665
  Beverlie Thompson Mount Gambier SA 0408 352 419
  Robert Fenwick Coonabarabran NSW 0428424383
  Jeanette Fenwick Coonabarabran NSW 0427423177
  Helene Livingston Caroline Springs VIC 0428084295

Kevin Butler (President)

Grew up on his parent’s farm at Kilmore East and educated at Assumption college Kilmore Played football and tennis for both and graduated with a Dip Ed from Bendigo Teachers College Married Rhonda in 1976 Taught in Primary schools in the Kilmore area for 23 years before going full time farming ( fine wool & prime lambs) and a transport business in 2000 at their Kilmore East property Cofounded BlazeAid with Rhonda after the Feb 2009 Black Saturday fires and has been President since



Brian Carr     (Vice President)

I joined the NSW Police Force straight from school and retired 39 yrs later as a Commissioned Officer.  I had various police appointments in country NSW,  been a volunteer with the NSWSES for 16 years and ran the Newcastle Unit for 8 yrs.   I have had involvement in 14 BlazeAid camps including fire, flood, drought and cyclone, starting in 2011 and co-ordinated 10 of them.  Been a member of the Committee for about 4 yrs and written a Co-ordinator’s Guide to assist new co-ordinators.  Love caravanning and helping the community through BlazeAid.


Rhonda Butler (Secretary)

Grew up in Buninyong and educated at Loretto College Ballarat Trained in Secretarial studies and worked in a Solicitors office Played tennis and netball as the kids grew up Married to Kevin for 42 years and lives and farms at Kilmore East Have 4 children and 5 grandchildren together.
Co founded Blazeaid with
Husband Kevin from their Kilmore East wool shed in 2009, a founding Committee member and currently BlazeAid Secretary.


Dennis Livingston (Treasurer)

Born Tasmania 1938, a retired army communications officer and yachting sports administrator, race official and judge, married to Helene 1960.

Lives in Melbourne and volunteers time for BlazeAid public relations, and “back office” assistance.

A volunteer since 2009.



Dr Christine Carr  (Committee Member)

I am a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Doctor of Public Health.  During my nursing career, I have worked in clinical management and regional  co-ordination roles in Public Health.  I have been volunteering as a nurse in developing countries since 2009, leading numerous medical teams, a passion for which I am still involved.  My first involvement with BlazeAid was after cyclone Yasi in 2011, having since then volunteered on the fence line with my husband Brian at several camps.  Currently, when not volunteering overseas, I help Brian co-ordinate camps.  I am in my third year as a member of the Committee. 


Debbie Buttler (Committee Member)

Born in Kilmore. Married to Brett and have one child Joshua. Completed accounting and secretarial studies in 1986 and further completed certificates. I have ran my own bookkeeping and secretarial business for over 25 years.


Helene Livingston  (Committee Member)

Married Dennis in 1960. Now a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We live in Melbourne. I began volunteering with Blazeaid early in 2009 and have since assisted in administration support.



Bob & Jeanette Fenwick (Committee Members)

Bob & Jeanette Fenwick both grew up and did their schooling at Mendooran NSW. Growing up on the land with community minded families has seen us continue on in the same way in supporting our local community.  Moved to Coonabarabran in 1974 where our family became involved in local community groups, these being Pony Club, Scout Movement, and PAI & H Assoc.  We have both been involved over the years, Bob holding the position of President over 3 terms totalling 12 yrs, Jeanette, Senior Instructor for 8 years & Secretary for 9yrs with the Pony Club. We were awarded Life Membership of this organization in 1985-6.

Scout movement, Jeanette was President for 2 years, Cub leader 6 years and Venturer Leader 4 years

 PAI & H Association, Jeanette 5 Years as President, and now Secretary in my 8th Year, Group 12 Shows Treasurer 3years, delegate 5 years and ASC of NSW Director 2yrs [cont.] &  Bob 2nd year as President.  Awarded Life membership of this organization in 2002

Both have been involved with Blazeaid since 2009, and hope to be able to support disaster victims in the future as we have both experienced this with the loss of our own home, stock and goods in the 2013 Wambelong fire at Coonabarabran.

Barry Thompson

Have been fortunate to work in the Aluminium industry for 40 years in Engineering ,Maintenance and major Project Management in Australia, Africa and the Middle East.
Have been business owners in Mt Gambier since 2002 – current.
Volunteer work with Blazeaid and Cows for Cambodia since 2014 along with other Philanthropic work.
Beverlie Thompson
Registered Nurse with a background in Occupational Health and Safety, Community Health.
Now works with several Charitable Organisation doing work for supply of packaged support local and overseas.
Business owner with hands on involvement and most importantly Grandmother to 7 beautiful grandchildren.

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