Our Staff

The Rise Above – Capital Region CancerRelief office operated for 15 years on a voluntary basis.  However as the demands on the Group have grown, so has the need for office staff.

Fortunately, through the help of the ACT Health Directorate, the group receives government assistance to help with funding full-time office based staff.  The balance of administration costs comes from the rent of the group’s four-bedroom unit which is located above the office.  This building was purchased in 2000, thanks to the generosity of The Queanbeyan Leagues Club.


Melissa Gardiner is currently the CEO of Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief. She has 16 years experience in Customer Service at Management level, 17 years experience as a bookkeeper, 10 years experience managing large fundraising events. For the past 6 years, she has organised fundraising events for the NSW Cancer Council which included a quiz night three years in a row attracting over 180 people each year.

Melissa Gardiner

Senior Administrator

New Staff Profile coming soon.

Volunteer Coordinator and Administration

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