Woor-Dungin is pleased to announce the success of our third Annual General Meeting, held 16 November at law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Robyne Latham, already a member of Woor-Dungin’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, was welcomed to the committee of management.
The meeting was more than an occasion to meet the formal requirements of an incorporated association, however. It was a celebration of the great work we have achieved across the year and an opportunity to thank the people – our staff, partners, members, program participants, pro bono supporters and funders – who have contributed to this achievement.
We celebrated the achievements of the women in our Maarni Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program. Participants Kirsty Bell, Brooke Wandin and Sherree Chaudhry spoke wholeheartedly about the positive impact the program has had upon their working and personal lives.
We celebrated the important work of everyone involved in our Criminal Record Discrimination Project – Woor-Dungin staff, pro bono supporters and, most especially, those members of Victoria’s Aboriginal communities whose lives have been affected by Victoria’s lack of a spent-conviction scheme and by the fact that it is not unlawful to discriminate on the basis of an irrelevant criminal record in Victoria.
Special awards were given to mark the behind-the-scenes achievements of volunteer staff members Denis O’Hara, our IT and communications mentor, and Marty Gutride, our Social and Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator and communications team member. Denis, an IT and operations consultant, began his association with Woor-Dungin through Leadership Victoria in 2015 and has been instrumental in upgrading our information-management and telecommunications systems. Marty, drawing on his professional background in psychology, has lent his skills to individuals in need and worked in a number of other roles.
Aunty Frances Bond and Aunty Glenys Merry Awards, named in memory of two of Woor-Dungin’s founders, were presented to returning committee member Shantelle Thompson, whose achievements are noteworthy and many; Woor-Dungin supporter Leslie Falkiner-Rose, who has spent much time mentoring Shantelle; and staff member Peter Flanagan, who has been associated with Woor-Dungin for many years.
We also thanked pro bono supporters Arnold Bloch Leibler, Ashurst and Colin Biggers & Paisley for their invaluable services over the year. Small organisations like Woor-Dungin cannot function without the pro bono support of corporates such as these.
We extend many thanks to Colin Biggers & Paisley for generously providing the venue, the catering and the organisational and technical services of a number of personnel. It is greatly appreciated!
The 2016 Annual and Financial Reports are now available on the Annual Reports page of our website.