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December 2019

On October 23rd, we held the 132nd AGM of OARS.  All Directors were re-appointed and the Annual Report and Financial Statements were accepted. I spoke about 2018-19 being a year of very significant change for OARS and it has stretched us all, but at the end of the day there has been some great achievements:

  • We had a good result financially that was well ahead of budget.
  • We restructured the organisation for growth.
  • We appointed people to new higher-level management roles. Team Managers were appointed, and the General Manager role was split into 2. Louise Kelly was appointed Deputy CEO.
  • Our General Manager Services, Dot Stagg, announced her retirement after 25 years of service. Dave Stanford also retired after nearly 26 years.
  • We decided to develop an NDIS service for offenders.
  • Our services provided excellent support to our clients and the HISSP and CHASM Programs were recognised by achieving significant Awards.

It was a time of reflection for me as I reached 25 years as CEO of OARS, and I thank Annabel and the Board for their continued faith and support.  We are about to recruit some additional members to the Board and following a short period of evaluation we expect to fill the casual vacancies.

The future has some great opportunities for us and this month we have submitted a significant proposal to expand services for partners and children of prisoners and reduce the likelihood of family breakdown and children requiring out of home care.

We really appreciate the people who support us, and many of you have done so for a very long time.  Thank you!

Please view our December 2019 Newsletter for further updates.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.