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VA announces Board of Directors and priorities for 2014/2015

Volunteering Australia (VA) announced its new Board of Directors after its Annual General Meeting held at The Centre for Volunteering NSW, Sydney on October 31, 2014.

The VA Board and Executive positions was confirmed as follows:

  • Tim Jackson – V SA & NT   [President]

  • Ross Wiseman – VQ   [Secretary]

  • Valerie Hoogstad – V NSW

  • Robyn Rose – V Vic

  • Michelle Ewington – V Tas

  • David Morrison – V WA

  • Jane Hayden – V ACT

  • Kevin Thompson – Independent  [Vice-President/Public Officer]

  • Andrew Coghlan – Independent

  • Peter Lucas – Independent   [Treasurer/Chair FAC]

  • Amit Jois – Independent

Other key outcomes of the VA Annual General and Board Meetings included:

  • Presentation and endorsement of the 2014 Annual Report – this will be posted on the VA website
  • A review of VA’s performance against its strategic priorities during 2013/2014 and identifying priorities for attention in the year ahead
  • VA’s acknowledgement and appreciation for the support and contribution of State/Territory peaks for volunteering in delivering on a wide range of projects of national significance for volunteering during the year.
  • VA’s commitment to continue to raise the sector’s concerns about the negative implications associated with the extended delay in DSS funding announcements.
  • A preliminary report on the very positive feedback from attendees at the 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference was presented. The Board acknowledged the need to finalise all financial aspects of the conference in order to identify the actual costs incurred by VA in delivering the successful conference on behalf of IAVE.
  • The VA Board unanimously agreed that they would continue to advance its mission to build connected and resilient communities through volunteering, noting that communities and Governments are increasingly dependent on volunteers to deliver a wide range of services, and as such it is critical that Volunteering Australia and the State and Territory peak bodies are supported to keep providing the infrastructure and support to strengthen, promote and advance volunteering in our communities.