The AGM was held at Villa Maria last night and was attended by 29 people. Chair, Prof Bruce Tonge, opened the meeting and welcomed those attending.
The meeting was then handed over to Autism Victoria trading as Amaze staff for a number of presentations.
Fran Ludgate, Manager Marketing & Communications, gave a presentation on the recent launch of the new Amaze branding and the release of the www.amaze.org.au website, talking about the reasons behind the change and taking a number of questions from the floor. This was followed by a short presentation regarding the recent renovations to the Autism Library at the Drummond Street office and an invitation to those present to visit.
Emma Godsil, Manager Amaze Autism Accreditation demonstrated a project that she has been working on for the last year, the PlayConnect Playgroups resource, which is about to be launched. Attendees were very impressed with this new resource and more information will be available soon.
Stacey Aroutzidis, Family Counsellor, and a participant in the recent Kokoda Trek, gave a short talk about her experience in PNG accompanied by a 5 minute film of the trip, put together for us by filmmaker Cam Suttie – we will make the link to this available from our website shortly.
Prof Tonge continued the business of the evening, with his report highlighting the strong position of the organisation and the many positive activities being undertaken, mentioning in particular the Amaze Knowledge training and Amaze Accreditation programs. Prof Tonge also notified the meeting that this would be his last AGM as Chair after 3 years in this position, stating his belief in rotating the role.
Graeme Wickenden, Treasurer, gave his report, stating that the organisation is in the enviable position of having 2.5 times assets to liabilities and having finished the year with a small surplus.
Murray Dawson-Smith, CEO, thanked board members for their wisdom and support, staff for their hard work “above and beyond”, and members for their continued support and involvement in the organisation.
Prof Tonge carried out the official business of the meeting, reappointing auditors, and re-electing members, Anne Mustow, Elizabeth Renn and Ursula Smith for a further term.
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the AGM – it was great to see you there.