Former Committee


Teya Duncan (ANU Vege Table Liaison and Social Media Coordinator 2015-2016)

Hi, I’m Teya and I’m a first year Arts (Sociology)/ Politics Philosophy Economics student at ANU. I’ve been vegan for two years, originally inspired by people I met campaigning for environmental and social justice issues. One of the many factors contributing to my veganism is my passion for environmental sustainability. I attribute this to my mother, an environmental consultant who trains businesses in how to improve environmental aspects of their company.

In the past I have been actively involved in volunteer work, including facilitating youth conferences on environmental and social justice issues, as well as being involved in campaigns to increase the Federal foreign aid budget.

Francine Horne (Secretary ?-2017)

francineI have been vegan since December 2010. Up until then I was ‘blissfully ignorant’ of the fate of the animals I was eating until my eldest son made me aware of the cruelty inflicted on factory farmed animals. I then realised there was much more to veganism and I now feel so good and know in my heart I am doing the right thing.

Mark White (Membership and Monthly Dinners ?-2016)

I started questioning where the meat on my plate came from at a very young age. I just couldn’t understand that we could be eating animals when animals were my friends. This prompted me to become a vegetarian when I was ten. When I was about twenty I discovered that I had an allergy to dairy products, so I cut them out of my diet and I went the whole hog and became vegan a few years later. Originally from Melbourne, I have been in Canberra for the past ten years, working in the public service.
I love music, and if you are out in Canberra you may see me dancing somewhere, or singing karaoke in a bar. I also really enjoy cooking as I find it both relaxing and creative.

Dieter Dambiec (Treasurer and Public Officer ?-2017)

Dieter Dambiec (Treasurer)

I was a lacto-vegetarian for 36 years. I became vegan 2 years ago after becoming more aware of the cruelty involved in the dairy industry. Along with my wife Jyoti, I have raised three children who are all now adults and are life-long vegetarians.
I have been employed in the legal practice as a solicitor for 30 years and have several Master of Laws degrees, including one from the University of New South Wales specialising in Human Rights and Social Justice (including Animal Law).  I have been doing meditation and yoga for 38 years.
I enjoy all kinds of music, kayaking, walking, cycling, theatre, and being in nature.

Jyoti Dambiec (?-2015)

JyotiI became a vegan in June 2011. Prior to that I was a vegetarian for 29 years. I eat a ‘satvik’ yogic diet, which excludes eggs, onions, garlic, mushrooms and alcohol – and now also excludes dairy products. I have raised three children with my husband Dieter, who are all now adults and life-long vegetarians. I am a ceramic artist and until recently was an art teacher at Orana Steiner School. I have been practising meditation and yoga for 32 years.
Things I enjoy: vegan and social justice activism, organic gardening, visual and performing arts, music, reading, meditation and yoga, walking, cycling, kayaking and social times with friends and family.