CCRAV Committee Members


CCRAV Committee Profiles


Office Bearers:

President: Sharon Villiers

Sharon is married to John who is also a committee member. Together they enjoy camping trips with their team of curlies, including trips away to shows. They have bred three litters under their ‘Curlyville’ prefix. Curlyville is located on the Murray River providing an ideal environment for curlies who are known for their love of water. Sharon also keeps busy with her dog grooming business ‘Shampooch’. Sharon has been on committee for over three years and has acted in the role of Vice President  in recent years until taking on the President role last year.

Vice President: Jane Kibble

Jane’s love for the curly began when she married into the Kibble family, and fell in love with  a big black cuddly curly named "Boof"!!  The Kibbles had owned and bred curlies for many years and when Jane and Clive married, they continued this tradition. Some 30 years ago Curlbrook Kennels came into being and started breeding curlies for show, work and play. Experiencing success in the show ring and enjoying the companionship of these wonderful dogs, curlies have been a part of Jane's life for the last 35 years. Jane has previously acted as Secretary and President.  Jane lives with her two curlies Rhett  and Diva in the Grampians region. Rhett and Diva are well known members of the community and enjoy getting lots of attention on their daily walks around town.

Treasurer/Membership Officer: Brian Durrant

Originally from London, immigrated to Australia in August 1973. He and his wife Lorraine have two children – Kirsty and Mark and live in Ringwood North. Brian is semi-retired and works two days a week as a private IT consultant for Frankston City Council. When deciding on a dog they were looking for a large, dog with a good temperament and wanted an uncommon breed. Curlies fitted the bill exactly. They have owned five curlies and currently live with Archie. Archie and Brian work as a Dog Therapy team and regularly visit a retirement home where the residents love Archie. Brian has worked on the club committee for the a number of years and has once agan taken on the role of Treasurer. Brian's other passion is soccer and he is an avid Melbourne Victory, Socceroos and Arsenal (UK) supporter.

Secretary: Melinda Naughton

Melinda, her husband James and children Ryan, Aislinn and Niamh live on acreage near Castlemaine and enjoy the company of five curlies. Melinda grew up with a curly being part of her family and her love for the curly is evident with her involvement in Curlbrook Kennels, which she shares with Jane (her mother). Melinda enjoys showing, obedience, agility, raising litters and going on long walks around her property with the curlies, usually ending up at the dam for a swim.

Assistant Secretary/Puppy Inquiry Officer: Alexis Colgan

Alexis came to have her first  curly in 1999. When the litter were 4 weeks old and she met Jane and Clive and held little curly brown Shemp in the palm of her hand. Fast forward 12 years and she again had her hand on her dog as he passed from this world. "He was my dearest companion, strong, funny and loving." Now Alexis and her Husband Trent have Arrow (4 year old black boy). "I was not sure if I could replace Shemp, but Arrow is a completely different creature the sweetest being I have ever met. Kind and a little lazy! Shemp would swim for the happiness of it and Arrow only if necessary! We have endless fun with him.  Curlies are joyful, measured dogs".

Alexis joins the committee after  being a familiar face at fun days over the last few years.


Committee Members:

Sharon Slater (Newsletter Editor/Curly Shop)

Sharon has been ‘into’ curlies for over 25 years – right from the moment she first laid eyes on one! Sharon has bred under her prefix ‘Kalonakurl’, occasionally competes in shows and Rally-O trials and likes to attend obedience training on Sundays. Her favourite activity is spending time with her curlies on the property she shares with partner Peter, near Bendigo. Sharon has been on committee for over three years and has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer in that time.


Joanne Foley

Joanne has been involved with curlies for over 25 years and along with Max founded Waterfield Kennels. She has enjoyed success in the show ring and her and Max have hunted with their curlies. Joanne is an active member of the dog world in both stewarding and/or show secretary roles. Joanne lives on the Darling River, so she is often out the back with the curlies, who enjoy taking a leap off the bank and going for a swim. When she is not doing curly things, Joanne is an avid Rower and is off competing.


Michelle Kirk

Michelle's love of Curly Coated Retreivers began in 2002 when I lived in Woodend with a lady who had a Liver coloured Curlie called Bonnie. I currently have a Labradoodle named Isaak who I do Pet Thearpy with at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne once a month. We have been volunteering at RCH for 5 years now and we both love it! I have a Norfolk Terrier called Mia, a Blue Point Birman called Keisha who is nearly 14 and a Chocolate Point Ragdoll called Flynn who is 16 months old. I love animals and can't wait for the day when I get my first Curlie. I joined the Curly Coated Retreiver committee this year and throughly enjoy the fun events and activities that I take part in.


Zoe Chin

Zoe and her curly Zander have been regular faces at Fun Days over the last few years and we are delighted to welcome Zoe to the committee this year.




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Contact Details

Melinda Naughton
Taradale, VIC, Australia
Phone : 0401 138 905
Email : [email protected]