About Us

Here’s to Life Redlands Inc is an award winning not for profit organisation based in Cleveland, Queensland. This unique organisation was conceived and founded in 2003 by Tony and Stephanie Meggitt, the organisation’s ongoing developers and administrators for the past 12 years. In 2014 Tony & Stephanie retired from the Here's to Life management with Sue Harvey stepping in and taking on the management role. We wish Tony & Stephanie the very best of luck and congratulate them in their retirement.

Our core programs are built around the time proven activities of dance, singing and laughter and keep participants coming back again and again. This is the way to achieve the long term benefits so important for robust Health and Wellbeing.

Here’s to Life, as our name suggests is a celebration of life, so naturally all our programs are about taking part, giving it a go without pressure or expectation, while everything we do is designed with infectious fun in mind.

We offer a stress busting, health promoting, confidence building and benefit filled experience with every visit...and much, much more. Guaranteed!

The following quotes echo our commitment to helping people feel better and really enjoy life:

  • “Always look on the bright side of life” Monty Python
  • “Everybody needs a little madness” Zorba
  • “Life is too important to be taken seriously” Oscar Wilde

Everything we offer is aimed at bringing benefit to those who attend our programs. We also believe an important part of overall Health and Wellbeing lies in giving back to the community. In our case some of our women volunteer as helpers at our fun programs for those with disabilities (For those living with physical and/or intellectual disabilities) or at Redlands Special School, our Community Partner since 2006.

If you think you might be interested in joining our volunteers please talk to us. You are sure to find the experience uplifting and very rewarding.

Across the generations, these lovely ladies, in their 20's,40's,60's & 80's, are living life to it's fullest at Here's to Life!

Across the generations, these lovely ladies, in their 20's,40's,60's & 80's, are living life to it's fullest at Here's to Life!

Teaching Faculty

Angela Schoemaker

Buff Bones Instructor

Angela has the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates
  • Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
  • Licensed Buff Bones Instructor
  • Member PAA (Pilates Alliance Australasia Membership Number AS150121168)
  • Member Fitness Australia (Registration Number 091248)

Jacob Cavanough

Drumming Instructor

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Jacob Cavanough has been playing music since he was tall enough to reach a piano.

He graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2002 and has since been teaching, performing and directing in and around Brisbane. Jacob teaches percussion and directs ensembles at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Redlands College. He is a founding member of contemporary percussion ensemble Percussimo and performs regularly with many groups and orchestras around South-East Queensland. He is the founding conductor and musical director of South of the River Community Band.

Jon Eggleton

Admin Assistant

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A Brisbane born entertainer returning locally to a past endeavour, the Here’s to Life program. In his words coming home to roost.

Performance has been an integral constant in my life States Jon Eggleton as he reflects back on his career.

Stemming from community pantomimes at age 5 and evolving into a 40 year journey Jon has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry.  Performing professionally at shopping centres from the age of 10 years old.

Jon is excited to be back in the Here’s to Life fold. He says ‘It changed my life the 1st time I was involved and I know it shall this time too’.

Here’s to Life has a fantastic format in capitalising fun, fitness and enticing to all involved says Jon. It's perfect for those who strive for the desire to get more out of life. That's Here’s to Life in a nut shell.

Warryn James

Singing Teacher

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Warryn taught music at Primary and Secondary levels for 30 years as a classroom teacher and Choral Director. (retiring in 2021)

Warryn has been actively involved in community theatre in Brisbane for the past 16 years as a performer, musician and Musical Director.

Danielle Chapman

Art, Art Thearapy & Craft Disability Program Teacher

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Danielle currently runs her own Art Therapy and Counselling business and is passionate about art and how it can be incorporated in therapy sessions. She loves working within the Disability Sector, having a daughter with mild Cerebral Palsy has opened her eyes to the world and has made her want to give back to the community the help and support she receives.

Since 2020 Danielle has been running art workshops in aged care and seeing some residents privately in their rooms.

Danielle holds an Art Therapy Diploma, Therapeutic Art life Coach Certification and has completed a Diploma of Counselling.

Alichia White

Dance Teacher

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Alichia has a career in the dance industry, spanning over 30yrs. In 2011 Alichia opened her own studio in Brisbane which is still running today, teaching all styles of dance to a wide range of age groups, from 3-year-olds to 80-year-olds.

Before opening her own studio Alichia ran a dance school in Hong Kong for 5 years which was an enriching experience for her. She also teaches dance in Special Schools around Brisbane. Alichia finds so much joy in making a positive impact on the lives of her students through dance.

Tap, Jazz, and Ballet are her areas of expertise, and she strives to ensure that all her students leave class feeling fulfilled. When Alichia is not teaching she is a Mum to 2 beautiful kids who are her world.

Alichia says joining the 'Here's to Life' program is an exciting opportunity for her and she is looking forward to having a lot of fun with everyone involved.

Bev Parker

Cover Teacher

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Miss Beverley Parker has been involved with dance since the age of 3yrs. She trained at the Clarrissa Hill Dance Centre in Qld and is a fully qualified teacher in both RAD and Comdance. Her professional career saw her dance professionally in various shows as well as on television. She was also a member of Contemporary Dance Theatre of Qld.

Miss Parker was the proud owner of the Beverley Parker Academy of Dance, which operated in the Logan area for over 40 years. Her incredible passion for dance and teaching has seen hundreds of children through her doors with many past students going on to professional careers in the industry.

Miss Parker is a full examiner with Comdance and examines both within Australia and overseas. She loves to teach and nurture her students in all dance genres and hopes all her students experience the love of dance.

Renee Allotta

Dance Coordinator

Dancercise & Dance for Life

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I began my great love of dancing at the age of 5, in Sydney, NSW and continued in Queensland. I have been trained in jazz, tap, ballet acrobatics and hip hop . I have studied the R.A.D; A M S D jazz, tap, acro , C.S.T.D jazz tap and theatrical.

With all of the knowledge gained over my career, I most enjoy passing on all of this knowledge to my students, as I continue to teach, coach and choreograph for many students in addition to the physical training I also believe the mental wellbeing plays an important role in the individual personal development of training dancers and is something I am passionate about in coaching dancers in today’s changing environment.

DANCE FOR LIFE

“A great start to the day...lots of fun and laughter...lost weight and feel a lot fitter...new found friendships...so different and unstressful...I’ve regained my self esteem...what a fun way to exercise...love the singing and dancing...no-one gets bored here...heaps more energy which lasts all day...the friendliness of everyone ...the joy and often hilarity is uplifting... now find I have a voice...feel I can face anything after a session...choice of fun social activities...slowly increases flexibility, mobility, coordination, stamina, balance and rhythm, plus a good night’s sleep... especially like the chance to relax and also have a chat...supportive and accepting...a real family spirit...the best thing I’ve ever done...I just love it