Gardening with Richard OC resident and Day Support participant Richard is an avid gardener spending a lot of time nurturing the flowers and vegetable patches he has helped to grow at Lonsdale Avenue. Richard takes a lot of pride in the gardens around the house and need’s minimal assistance when watering the plants. His daily routine includes watering the gardens around the house to ensure they are kept lush and green, even making sure the bird baths are full too. The colder wetter months in Melbourne are a great time to grow veggies, and now is an excellent time to plant more! Cabbages, asian greens, carrots, spinach, lettuce, celery, cauliflower, spring onions are Cabbages, asian greens, carrots, just some of the new vegetables we are all looking forward to buying and planting spinach, lettuce, together as a housecelery, project.cauliflower, spring onions are just some of the new vegetables we are all looking forward to buying and planting together as a house project.
MARCH 2018 – Volume No. 6 IN THIS ISSUE Messages from our CEO and Chairman Stars at the “G” Aidan’s Blog Changes to the Board Day Support and Community Living Have a Say in Geelong OCCE News Community Living update Gardening with Richard Annual Golf Day
Message from our CEO Welcome to the first newsletter for 2018. The year has already started positively with a number of exciting things happening and more events planned. I would like to start by acknowledging the resignation of our Board Chairman, Maurice Pitard who has so very generously given his time and expertise to OC for more than five years. Maurice please accept our sincere thank you - we will miss you. Welcome and congratulations to our new Board Chair Peter Willcocks and Emma Liepa who has been appointed as Deputy Chair. We look forward to working with Peter, Emma and all Board Directors to further
organisational objectives and be the best organisation we can be to reach positive outcomes for the people we support. Our annual Dinner Dance has been scheduled for Friday 18 May and has a Hawaiian theme this year. The Dinner Dance is a wonderful evening with more than 150 people attending to dance the night away every year. Given the demand bookings are essential. People are entering the NDIS with increasing speed and we are here to assist with information about NDIS and can help you plan before you meet with the planner. This is a free service and we have found that people who have taken up our offer for assistance have been very happy with the outcomes they have achieved.
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Stars at the "G" Message from our CEO continued I have taken the opportunity to meet with families who have given their valuable time to share their experience with me regarding NDIS and the support we have offered. A number of people indicated that they would like the opportunity to learn more about what options are available to them in the new NDIS world and to meet and network with others with similar interests. To address these requests our Family Focus Forums commenced in February and will run every four to six weeks with different topics of interest. The forums will provide information and the opportunity to network over light refreshments. This newsletter provides examples about some of the ways we support people and events we have planned for 2018. It promises to be another exciting year with more people benefiting from NDIS and more support opportunities offered by OC Connections. As always if you wish to make contact please do so by calling 9569 0603. Therese Desmond, CEO
Community Living team Every quarter the Community Living staff get together at their Cluster Meeting – offering the opportunity for the team to network with staff from other services, share different perspectives and a great way for the leadership team to ensure a consistent message is delivered with regards to expectations, what’s going on and new and exciting changes for the future.
On Saturday 20 January, David, Roger and Tim played in an exhibition cricket match on the hallowed turf of the MCG. The men play for Moorabbin All Abilities Cricket Club and completed against Ferntree Gully on the day. It is an amazing opportunity and from all reports everyone was excited to be there and play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Aidan's Blog Our resident entertainment blogger has been prolific over the last few months writing reviews for our website. His lastet blogs include:Goodbye Christopher Robin
During these meetings we always make a concerted effort to introduce new staff. Community Living is in an ever changing and expanding environment which requires us to constantly recruit for DAAP new ONE staff YEAR andANNIVERSARY we believe it’s really important for all staff to feel th valued and19 be a 2017, familiar face to our existing team when On September the DAAP Team celebrated theirthey one work at a service for the first time. year anniversary with the Department of Defence at the Victoria Barracks. Laurelle Edwards,this General Manager Community Living, The team celebrated special occasion by hosting a opened the meeting followed by Therese Desmond, CEO who presented morning tea and by inviting all the units they do Service Recognition administrative duties for.Awards to those staff who were unable to make our AGM last October. The following staff received awards There was a great turn out and the feedback from everyone and we thank them for the initiative and the professionalism they was consistent – the DAAP team have become an show in supporting us to deliver a quality program, every day: indispensable part of the Defence family and the administrative the team provides is of Rd), a high 5 Years of services Service -that Lindsey Moncur (Salisbury Greg Pullen quality; one that allows Defence to get back to its core duties (Grant St) and Richard Manfield (Rockbeare Crt). knowing thatof the DAAP –team canConroy help Defence getStthe job 25 years Service Duncan (Atkinson & Dealing Dr). done. Congratulations all ofwith the an DAAP Team members for an The meeting to closed End of Year celebration lunch, amazing first year! to thank everyone for all their efforts over the past year and to celebrate a successful 2017.
Laurelle Edwards with Lindsey Moncur
Greg Pullen with Therese Desmond
We look forward to 2018 being an even better year!
From Broadway to La Scala
SAVE THE DATE OC Connections Annual Dinner Dance Friday 18th May - Merrimu Receptions
Rick Manfield (left) pictured here with Rockbeare Court residents Ricki and Erica Duncan Conroy with Laurelle Edwards
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Changes to our Board of Directors OCCE News Cert I Literacy and Transitional Education Graduates
In March 2018, eleven supported employees completed a Certificate I in Literacy and Transitional Education. The course was run at OCCE by GoWorkSkills for most of last year. The course outline was developed to support the employees in achieving their individual goals to assist in the transition to open employment.
DAAP ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY The course focused on three keys areas: On September 19th 2017, the DAAP Team celebrated their Employment Plan (IEP) goals - development of language, literacy Work and Individual one year and anniversary the numeracywith skills to support achieving work goals Department of Defence at the Victoria Barracks. Further Education - development of language, literacy and numeracy required to The teamresearch, celebrated findthis and access further courses to improve quality of life special occasion by hosting a Accessing connecting to activities outside of work, through the development of morning tea and byand inviting all literacy, numeracy skills and travel training skills. the unitslanguage, they do administrative duties for. course provided the employees with the opportunity to focus on other key areas that ThereThe was a great turn out and helped increase their skills the feedback from everyone and independence in many of their life areas. was consistent – the DAAP team would like to acknowledge the following supported employees on this amazing haveOCCE become an indispensable achievement: part of the Defence family and the administrative services that Chris Slattery, Clinton Graham, George Youssef, George Kakakios, Lauren Bourne, Mark the team provides is of a high Ruddy, Shane De La Rue, Rowena McKenzie, Siriphong Nakhrua, Stephanie Di Stasio and quality; one that allows Michael Phon. Defence to get back to its core duties knowing that the Congratulations andDAAP well done from all of us at OC Connections and OCCE. team can help Defence get the job done. Congratulations to all of the DAAP Team members for an
In a letter dated 31 January 2018 all members and key stakeholders of OC Connections were advised that Maurice Pitard had resigned as our Chair and as a Director, effective on 31 January 2018. Maurice’s son is a director of the company Steller that acquired, following public auction, the OC Connection’s property at 1 and 9 Allen Street, Oakleigh. Maurice resigned to avoid any conflict of interest that may involve Steller and any other real property assets owned by OC Connections, which are adjacent to 1 and 9 Allen Street. At this time there had been no interest expressed by Steller in those properties. On 7 February 2018 Peter Willcocks was elected as Chair and Emma Liepa as Deputy Chair.
Introducing OC Connections Board Chair Peter Willcocks
Introducing OC Connections Board Deputy Chair Emma Liepa
A highly experienced business advisor and legal practitioner, Peter is a consultant with the legal firm, Lander & Rogers, which has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, having previously been a corporate partner there for almost eighteen years. Throughout his 40 years in practice, Peter has taken on a broad range of corporate roles, including having been company secretary and general counsel for an ASX-listed company.
With experience working across private, public and government sectors, and with expertise in healthcare and research environments, Emma Liepa is an accomplished leader who has centred her career working in organisations and on initiatives that positively impact society. She is currently the Director of Policy at the Victorian Healthcare Association.
A Message from our Chairman On behalf of everyone associated with OC Connections and as Board Chair, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maurice for his hard work, passion and commitment to OC Connections. Maurice Pitard commenced as a Director of OC Connections in November 2012 and became Chair in 2013. Maurice has seen many changes and by all measures, OC Connections has advanced immensely during his tenure, with increased growth, profile, participant support and outcomes. In addition, the organisation has enhanced relationships with funders and business partners and has significantly improved its financial position during his tenure. We will continue to build on the organisation’s success and continue the work to provide quality
For detailed information about Peter and Emma please refer to our website occonnections.org support to people living with an intellectual disability. To continue to provide high quality supports and go the extra mile for participants OC Connections relies on fundraising events to provide participants with things that are not funded through formal funding arrangements. After all, often it is the little things that make a difference to people. Our annual Charity Golf Day is an Ambrose format and is being held on Sunday 17th June 2018. It is a fun day with opportunities to play the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Course with friends or perhaps new friends you first meet at the event. Please join us for the opportunity to win great prizes or, at the very least, to enjoy lunch with a game of golf and know that you are also helping others. Peter Willcocks, Chairman
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OC NEWS | March 2018
Having A Say in Geelong On the 6 February representatives from both the Residents Advisory Group and the OC Advisory Committee attended the Annual VALID ”Having a Say“ Conference in Geelong. The Residents Advisory group had been looking forward to attending the conference since September last year when Bernadette brought it to the group’s attention at one of their regular fortnightly meetings. Six people were keen to attend even though it was going to be a big day, with plans to be on the road by 7:00am!
Richard and Kathy
The first meeting of the Residents Advisory Group for 2018 was held on 13 February and feedback from the conference was top of the agenda. Bernie provided a summary of the day along with a copy of the program for those who did not attend. Bernie shared information about Club Mates who can support people to have holidays. She explained that they have changed their name from Oz Mates. She is getting one of their booklets sent to her. Richard reported that he had spoken to someone who was wanting to build houses in Geelong and told them about OC Connections new houses and suggested that they ring us if they would like some advice. Kathleen said that they were able to sit right at the front of the hall so they had a good view especially when the band was playing. She enjoyed the band which had singers, guitars and someone playing the flute. She also said the seats were very comfortable.
Jenny getting pampered
The OC Advisory Committee (pictured left) had a wonderful day at the conference. All members agreed that they would like to make this an annual event and make it part of the learnings in the activity. Richard and Jenny made their way there with the Residents Advisory Group and chose their own activities for the day. They saw a live band in the morning and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. After lunch Richard chose to have a Mazda car ride around the Geelong foreshore and had a chance to look at the fancy interior of the car. Jenny chose to have her hair and makeup done in the afternoon session. Jenny said she enjoyed the experience with Kathy and felt very pampered.
OC Advisory Committee members: (left to right): David, Aidan, Ben, Tina Rouvalis (Disability Educator), Richard, Jenny and Colin at one of their weekly meetings
Ben, David, Aidan and Colin chose to attend the “Individual Stories” morning session. This focused on five individuals sharing their personal stories, the changes they have made in their lives moving out of their comfort zones and living life more purposefully. Aidan shared that every story was important. Colin said each person learnt their own new skills, for example catching public transport, moving out of home and joining new sports clubs. Colin was impressed by choices the younger generation was making. Ben said it was a great experience and the building was “Cool” to hang out in. It was nice to drive to Geelong and take photos with the group by the foreshore.
As well as information there was a chance to get some pampering with manicures and makeup sessions also on offer.
The group enjoyed having lunch at the café and suggested that they would like to buy their own lunch next year. A short walk along the foreshore was also a highlight taking in the beach views.
Overall everyone said that even though it was a big day, returning home after 6:00pm, it was well worth it and has inspired the group to be even more active next year and possibly present at the conference!
Aidan and David shared that it was their very first visit to Geelong and that they were very impressed.
Conference costs and bus hire to get everyone down to Geelong was made possible through the contribution of funds from the 2017 Winter Appeal.
OC Residents Kathleen, Kathy, Jenny, Richard and Kathy visiting different exhibitors at the 2018 “Have A Say” Conference in Geelong
In the afternoon the boys chose to see the “Alkira” band. David was very inspired by how they played their guitars. Upon reflection and discussion the OC Advisory Committee said they would like to make their own presentation at the “Having a Say” Conference in 2019 sharing their accomplishments and to inspire others! OC Advisory Committee members Colin, David, Ben and Aidan beside the Geelong Waterfront