Wayne Schulz began his working career in the family business at the age of fourteen. His dad manufactured coffins and caskets, and his entry into the family-owned Schulz Enterprises was an obvious step: after all, Wayne had been going to the factory with dad since he was six. He completed college with two trade certificates, Wood Machinist and French Polisher, and then continued his studies to complete business certificates. Twice awarded Apprentice of the Year, Wayne had remained in the coffin and casket manufacturing industry for the next twenty one years, albeit with several different companies through sales of business and ownership changes as his father suffered a heart attack and had to give up work. ... more
Annette Walters became involved with the funeral industry in 2009, when she started working as a funeral director’s assistant at White Dove Funerals in Murwillumbah. Annette was born and raised in Murwillumbah, as were her parents and her grandparents. As a little girl, she was living on a family farm and dreaming of becoming an artist. While studying visual arts at TAFE, her body of work was about grief, which encouraged her to seek employment in the funeral industry. Now working full time as a funeral director, she paints and creates amazing appliqué quilts when she finds the time.
Born and raised in Murwillumbah, Libby Varela is a well-known face around the town. A proud mother of two and a grandmother of four, she has been involved in many areas of the local community, including The Quota Club and Murwillumbah Hockey Club, holding positions on the committees for years.
After over thirty years of working in advertising and newspaper publishing, she felt it was time for her to rethink her career path, and in June 2014 she accepted a position with McGuiness Funerals in Murwillumbah. Having an empathic, caring and compassionate nature, she feels being a funeral director and assisting families in planning their final farewell to their loved one is an absolute privilege and honour.
Boza M. Adamic’s career path within the funeral industry started in late 2008, when she moved to Murwillumbah from Albany in Western Australia, and started working for White Dove Funerals in Murwillumbah and Billinudgel. A journalist and an editor for fifteen years, she decided on a career change feeling that as an empathic person who went through personal loss herself, her experience and services would be valuable to the grieving families. As a funeral director, Boza has been working for McGuiness Funerals since 2013. Besides arranging and conducting funeral services, one of her main responsibilities are maintaining McGuiness’s website, and sorting out all sorts of technical issues.