Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) annual general meeting held in Sydney

On Monday the 31st October, PDCN annual general meeting held at The Fullerton Hotel Sydney. The PDCN is the peak representative organization for people with physical disability across New South Wales established in 1994.  PDCN has a significant majority of people with physical disability in its membership, governance of the board and employees.  PDCN is a not-for-profit non-government organization with office at Glebe in Sydney.

The PDCN staff, Stuart Greenfield, Wendy Banfield, Alice Batchelor, Hayley Stone, Joshua Rhodes, Heidi Haydon, Adrian O’malley and others welcomed the guests.

The meeting began after the introduction by the Chief Executive Officer Ms. Serna Ovans.  She highlighted in her speech that “The 2021-22 year has been yet another where we worked in a ‘new normal’. Going back into full lock down for the first three months of the year was tough, though having pivotal to online work for most of the previous year, the team were able to meet all expected delivery target in our funded program”

Serna thanked PDCN’s amazing team who stepped up to every challenge in difficult time as well as the board for their oversight and guidance.

The president of PDCN, Mr. Chris Sparks presented the president’s report and announced his retirement as a board member from PDCD; he was a board member since 2016. He explained his journey with physical disability after an accident. He later introduced the chief guest of the evening, the Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Fair Trading, the Hon. Victor Michael Dominello, Member for Ryde.  He also acknowledged Hon. Kate Washington, the shadow minister for disability inclusion.

Chris also thanked all of the PDCN members for their support throughout the year and thanked Ms. Oven for her leadership, dedication and hard work.

PDCN assists people with a physical disability to live ordinary lives as contributing members of the community by providing opportunities for individuals to gain the information, knowledge and skills necessary to manage their own lives.

The treasurer of PDCN, Ms. Simone Standford presented the financial report. Other board members such as: Michael Rabbitt(vice president), Matthew Kayrooz (secretary), Mary Flanagan, Jacob Cross, Diana Ferner and Rex Betar were present.

Hon Dominello was the keynote speaker for the evening and there was guest performance by singer Lara Nakhle while drinks and canapés served.

Written by Hanif Bismi

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