QAST exists to support tuckshops
The Queensland Association of School Tuckshops Inc. (QAST) is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to the promotion and support of Queensland tuckshops and communities in their endeavours to offer nutritious, hygienic and economically viable food services.
QAST provides a professional, responsive and proactive membership organisation and maintains close working links with government, industry and like-minded organisations, such as Queensland Health, Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Department of Education, P&Cs Qld, Nutrition Australia and other State canteen bodies.
Meet the Team
Executive Services Manager Chris has been involved with QAST for over 20 years. As Executive Services Manager, she oversees our small team. Chris is a Food Technologist, Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Project Officer Mary commenced at QAST as a volunteer in early-2021. She is now engaged to deliver QAST's training courses, and to assist with the delivery of Projects. Mary has over 15 years' experience working in secondary schools and the not-for-profit sector. After six years working as a Secondary Health and Physical Education teacher, Mary worked at the Heart Foundation across media and communications as well as Jump Rope for Heart and Walking programs. Mary is passionate about helping schools to develop healthy eating habits specific to their school community members, that are nutritious, economical, and hygienic.
Senior Project Officer Deanne is a qualified dietitian, and her passion is promoting healthy and sustainable foods. In her 20+ years' working in government, non-government, education and clinical sectors, Deanne has collaborated with a range of partners on complex public healthy nutrition initiatives keeping Queenslanders healthy. She loves cooking tasty food, and volunteers in her children's school tuckshops when she has the time.
Project Officer Parivash has been with QAST since 2019. She manages our Connections Through Cooking Project, recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers from culturally diverse backgrounds in tuckshops.
Administration Officer Karen has been with QAST for over 15 years. She is your first point of contact over the phone and email. Karen is a Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Co-ordination of Volunteer Programs. Karen is passionate about working with convenors to help them achieve their goals, she also enjoys working with members to create volunteer resources for their community and to assist them to boost their volunteer base.
Communications Officer Chrissy has over 10 years' experience in communications and marketing, with a strong background in the not-for-profit and membership association space. With a Bachelor of Journalism, Cert IV in Project Management and vast experience in the digital space, she has worked on a variety of member projects across a broad range of industries. Chrissy is a passionate communicator, loves working collaboratively and has a passion for developing healthy eating habits for children.
How QAST can help you
We can provide free phone consultations, financial consultations and menu health checks for members, as well as comprehensive face-to-face Tuckshop Tuneup visits.