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A Solid Positive Year at Rise – Our AGM

A Solid Positive Year at Rise – Our AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Rise was held at Helen’s Place in Middle Swan last night, attended by members, staff, representatives from some of our funding bodies, Leadership Team and Board.

The evening began with good conversation, food and refreshments in the foyer before we began, what was to be, a full, positive meeting.

Lara Bandarian, Vice Chair, opened and hosted the proceedings for the evening. First to present was the Board Chair, Patrick Crichton. Patrick referred to the year as one of consolidation. He noted the challenging environment, our rebranding, our award for innovation with our Kira House and a now full complement on the Board. Patrick closed by saying, “I would like to congratulate our CEO, Justine Colyer, whose infectious enthusiasm for all things ‘Rise’ represents everything that is positive about our future as an organisation.”

Justine Colyer, CEO, presented on two occasions: the first being her report for the year, highlighting the work of the staff and volunteers, solid governance of the organastion and the stories in the Annual Report; on the second occasion she acknowledged significant, long-standing staff members who left us this year: Kezia Pettit, Barbara Sadkowska, Lauren Norrish, Angela Fletcher and Dawn Ardley, and in particular one of our longest standing staff members, David Rattigan – Finance Accounts Manager. Lauren and Dawn were able to attend and were presented with a gift.

The video story of Phil Dent, one of our Support Workers in disability bridged the proceedings into the Treasurer’s Report from Paul Leuba. Paul’s report was intersected with helpful graphical representation as he spoke of: Rise’s sound financial position and surplus operating result; the progress of the proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC); the development of policies and procedures for budget planning and for asset and investment management; a review of financial reporting; and planning for the creation of an endowment or scholarship fund. A full Financial Report along with the Treasurer’s Report is available in the 2011/12 Annual Report.

A key component of this year’s AGM was to introduce the nominees for the Board. This task was left to the individuals who each presented: Alf Lay, Anna Alderson, Amanda Reid, Terry Gadenne, Vicki Wilder. All were accepted and congratulated by the members on their appointment and the diversity and experience they will bring.

Lara Bandarian closed the evening by thanking all of our volunteers, funding bodies, donors, and corporate partnerships.

A copy of our 2011/12 Annual Report is available to view online, along with photographs from the evening.

Rise Run to Remember for Alzheimer’s Awareness

We’re helping Alzheimer’s Australia raise awareness and much-needed funds to support people and their families living with dementia.

Whether you’re a walker, jogger, runner, or spectator, you can support this cause by…

  • Joining our team and get friends and family to sponsor you. (Use the link below; password is ‘remember’.)
  • Sponsoring one of our team members via the link below. (Tax deductible!)
  • Promoting our team on social media or through your contacts.

Rise New-Website Launch

The day has finally arrived and we are proud to launch the new website for Rise (formerly known as Hills Community Support Group). The key purpose of our website is to be clear and accessible in relation to the services we provide in the community, provide an easy next step to receive help and further information, and to keep in touch.

A few new things to provide better service and connection opportunities are:

Thank you also to the staff who have contributed to this website through conversations and ‘putting pen to paper’.

It has been a good, long journey of discovery, innovation, creation and testing, but mainly good partnership with The Globe -Advertising and Design, and developers Clever Starfish.

Take a bit of time to check it out, and ‘keep in touch’.