Jewish Care’s 2017 AGM: Transforming for Future Generations

November 28, 2017 by Ayal Tusia
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Jewish Care’s 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on 22 November at Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium, where the organisation’s achievements from the past financial year were highlighted.

Mike Debinski addresses the AGM

Many significant achievements from the past year that were outlined; including the commencement of Stage 1 of construction of the St Kilda Road Senior Living and Community Precinct, and receiving approval for 11 service types under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Jewish Care CEO, Bill Appleby emphasised; “We are effectively transforming all that we do to better support our community.”

“I look forward with great expectations to the year ahead, as we continue our work together, in partnership, to deliver on our mission- to support and enhance the wellbeing of the Jewish community for now and for generations to come,” Mr Appleby said.

Jewish Care President, Mike Debinski, reiterated the priority to grow Jewish Care as “a strong, capable, and sustainable organisation,” with key focus on program quality and capacity, financial strength and security, asset maintenance and renewal, leadership, governance, and community connection.

He also acknowledged the efforts behind $21 million being raised to date towards a goal of $30 million for Jewish Care’s Capital Campaign, Growing. For Our Community.

Jeffrey Appel, Andrew Schwartz, Adam Joel, and Lisa Kennett were all re-elected to the Board of Governance.

Dianne Gringlas was awarded the Leo and Mina Fink Community Services Award, recognising her exceptional voluntary and philanthropic contribution to Jewish Care, particularly in the area of disability services.

The AGM was followed by an engaging presentation on the topic of ‘Housing Affordability- Facts, Figures, and Future Implications’. Marilyn Kraner, Individual and Family Support Manager at Jewish Care, was joined by Jackie Barry, Director of Housing Asset Strategy and Financing at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The thought-provoking discussion explored the affordable housing crisis in Victoria; its effects on the Jewish community; and Jewish Care services that support families and individuals experiencing housing strain, including financial counselling, interest free loans, and social and affordable housing.

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