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Intouch : In Touch Issue 76
news 2 in touch Autumn 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au Contents 2011 is set to be another big year for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW (AlzNSW). We have weathered two remarkably hard years, financially speaking, very well. Congratulations go to the Committee headed by Director Ian Horton and the Chief Executive Officer John Watkins for fine performance through difficult times. We had to watch our investments suffer during the worst of the crisis, but now things are improving quite rapidly as the market improves. While some European nations are not doing well, AlzNSW has been able to maintain almost all jobs – that was the primary purpose John Watkins and the Board pursued. action afoot The Productivity Commission has just brought down a draft report that apparently offers a lot to our ageing community. We appreciate that the government will move as slowly as governments often move but that some changes might occur soon. We look forward to some action, as our clientele is needy and will greatly increase in numbers very quickly. Election time The NSW state elections are due on 26 March. At that election all constituencies in the Legislative Assembly are to be decided and half of the members of the Legislative Council come up for election. Even if there is a change of government, it is unlikely that either major party will control the NSW Legislative Council and, since no proposition can become law until it has passed both chambers of the Parliament, any new Government will have to deal with the cross-benchers to seek a majority on any legislative matter – those involving our clientele are not likely to be contentious. Settling in We had a pleasant visit from Gladys Berejiklian MP in early February. She was most welcome, as is anyone who wants to visit us here in North Ryde. We have also extended an invitation to the Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander to visit the complex. The move to the Gibson-Denney building has been a great success. We are able to save the dead rent we were paying at Talavera Road and use it for the benefit of our needy clientele. In addition, all our Sydney-based staff are now close to each other. Some capital expenditure might be necessary to improve access between the two buildings, but our staff loves the Gibson-Denney Centre, which is a joy to work in. Congratulations to the entire staff who have made it so pleasant, particularly to Susan Sackville and Andrew Mills, and to Alistair Bell from the Board. new President Alzheimer’s Australia has a new President. It is our very own Ita Buttrose AO, OBE, who has had a long association with us here in NSW as a member of the Advisory Committee and, more recently, as an Ambassador. It has been difficult to find someone with the dedication that we need and a good media record, and we are delighted we have found such a person. We congratulate Ita on her new appointment and look forward to continuing to work with her to help the many people with dementia, their families and carers. Board news The AlzNSW Board was re-elected in November and is stable, with a mix of ages and skills. We are able to have on the Board some knowledge of the disease together with expertise on various aspects of management – a really good combination. Each Director contributes to our discussions. At each Board meeting a senior member of staff presents from his or her area and keeps us up to date on what has happened and what is likely to happen. The Hon. Prof. Peter Baume aC Chairman Chairman’s message 2 Chairman’s message 3 CEo’s message 4 news Memory Walk 2011, staff changes, art programs on the coast, launch of the new Memory Van and more 10 Thank you and farewell Remembering our volunteers 11 Courses Workshops for carers, professionals and volunteers 12 Fundraising news Mt Kilimanjaro: meet the climbers and register now! 13 Crossword 14 People Adayinthelifeofthe Mobile Respite Team 15 in memoriam 16 resources What’s new on the bookshelf? 5
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