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Autism Victoria’s Annual General Meeting


By . Posted on 24 November 2010 under News

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The AGM of the organisation was held on Wed 24 November 2010 at Villa Maria with around 45 members present. A number of new initiatives were launched and board elections were held.

The Deputy Chairperson Michele Carson launched Amaze Accreditation, a service that will assess and accredit services and individuals based on Autism specific standards.

Also launched was Amaze Knowledge, a Registered Training Organisation that will provide a range of training and professional development courses on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The AGM also saw the launch of “Picture My World” a communication tool for Adults which has been actively supported by The Ross Trust, and is designed to meet a gap in the communication needs of adults with limited or no communication skills. It will be under production by the end of the 2010 calendar year and will be distributed to all Day services as the first phase of the project.

The Annual Report was presented by the Chair, Professor Bruce Tonge, the Financial Report by the Treasurer, Graeme Wickenden, and the operational report by the CEO, Murray Dawson Smith.

Results of the Board of Governance Elections

In line with the Rules of Association, Autism Victoria declared three positions on the board vacant and subject to re-election, and a fourth position vacant and subject to election due to the resignation due to personal reasons of an existing Board member.  As a result Autism Victoria was aiming to fill four vacancies.

We received 10 nominations for the Board positions including three current Board members seeking re-election.

The quality of all candidates was exceptional and the voting results quite close. Autism Victoria is pleased to advise the following results (in no particular order) of the election:

  • Michele Carson (Current Board Member)
  • Graeme Wickenden (Current Board Member)
  • Catherine Jeffrey
  • Craig Shallard

On behalf of all members we wish the successful candidates success and look forward to working with you in the future. We also wish to thanks all other candidates for their willingness to participate and be part of Autism Victoria.