Happy Families at Melbourne’s Jewish Care’s 2016 AGM

November 30, 2016 by Jenna Chaitowitz
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Jewish Care’s 2016 Annual General Meeting at which the organisation’s achievements from the past financial year were highlighted. The AGM was followed by a panel discussion titled ‘Families in the 21st Century’.Significant achievements from the past year that were outlined included the opening of The Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre in Caulfield, achieving the highly-regarded Australian Childhood Foundation Accreditation and securing the third senior living site in Carnegie, in line with Jewish Care’s 2014-2017 Towards Tomorrow – Strategic Priorities.

Associate Professor Leslie Reti, Bill Appleby

Associate Professor Leslie Reti, Bill Appleby

Jewish Care CEO, Bill Appleby said: “We have had an extremely successful year and have achieved many high level strategic goals.”

“Our journey of renewal continues, as we move into the unchartered waters of a fully contestable market in 2017. By continuing to work together, I have every confidence that Jewish Care will not only maintain, but grow its position, as a most respected, extremely relevant, highly creative and vitally important social service provider to the Victorian Jewish community,” Mr Appleby said.

Susie Ivany, Melissa Davis

Susie Ivany, Melissa Davis

Jewish Care President, Mike Debinski addressed the priority to grow Jewish Care as a sustainable organisation for future generations, by redeveloping our assets and continually reviewing our service delivery models.

He also acknowledged the efforts behind $19 million being raised so far for Jewish Care’s Capital Campaign, Growing. For Our Community: “Tzedakah is a core Jewish Care value. This commitment to share what we have with others underpins our Capital Campaign. Generous supporters strongly committed to Tzedakah assist Jewish Care to make our community a better place for those who use and need our services.”

Life Governor Awards were presented to long-time advocates, supporters and volunteers of Jewish Care, Associate Professor Leslie Reti and Melissa Davis.

In speaking about their achievements, Mike Debinski expressed how they had both made incredible contributions to Jewish Care and been principal ambassadors for the organisation.

Mike Debinski, Simone Szalmuk-Singer and Rohan Filer were all re-elected to the JCV Board.

The AGM was followed by a panel of inspiring speakers on the topic of ‘Families in the 21st Century’. The panel featured Professor Sharon Goldfeld, developmental paediatrician and public health physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health; Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation; and Anne Hollonds, Director Australian Institute of Family Studies and one of Australia’s leading voices on child and family wellbeing.

The thought-provoking panel discussion, led by Jewish Care’s Individual and Family Services Manager, Marilyn Kraner explored how healthy, functional and happy families support a thriving, tolerant and vibrant society.

The AGM was held at Monash University, Caulfield.


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