Management Committee Information

About Inclusion's management committee help to co-ordinate the overall management and strategic direction of the organisation.

All committee members are part of the local community and provide assistance in overseeing the service, employment of staff, financial obligations or legal and industrial responsibility.

About Inclusion's committee members are:

Chairperson: Bruce Arkle

Bruce is keen on fishing, loves a hit of social tennis and ensures he gets on his pushbike a few days a week to cycle with friends and stay fit. Bruce has been married for 37 years and has two grown daughters He is passionate about the welfare of people with disability; he has a sister with disability living in the Nambucca Valley, and is very interested in knowing more about the NDIS.

Bruce began life in Bowraville, then moved to Sydney in the 70's as an apprentice plumber. He completed his Health and Building Certificate, worked for North Sydney Council and then Great Lakes Council as a building surveyor.

Bruce says he is greatly enjoying the challenge of being Chairperson and ensuring the service we provide to families remains of high quality.

Secretary : Sue Doherty

Sue was invited to join the committee a 'very long time' ago because of her experience and interest in working with people with disability. Her interest is long standing as she has an older brother with disability.

Sue was born in Mt Isa and then moved to Brisbane for her school years, she then studied physiotherapy at university. For a few years she worked in general physiotherapy with adults before moving to work with children and then specialised in assisting children with disability. "I now enjoy working with young adults in the Manning and Great Lakes that I first met when they were young children", she says.

Sue's favourite things include spending time at the beach - surfing, walking and reading. She loves stocking up on produce from the growers markets, and enjoys catching a show with the talented entertainers we are fortunate to have in our area

Treasurer : Peter Craig

Peter had been working as a volunteer for About Inclusion (Manning Valley Respite Care) for quite a few years when he was asked join the management committee as a representative of the other volunteers.

"My main reason for continuing my involvement with the organisation is my connection to the people who use the service. They are some of the most impressive people I have met and anything I can do to make their lives more fulfilling gives me pleasure."

Peter was born in Wagga Wagga He spent 40 years working as a golf professional in Wagga, Canberra, Moss Vale and Forster/Tuncurry. Peter served 20 years as a board member of GLAICA, 14 years on the board of our local hospital, 10 years on the trust for the Tuncurry Memorial Hall and many years involved with Community Transport and Cancer Council's Relay For Life.

Committee Member: Col Steber

Col was invited to join in 2014 and has brought his business acumen and quality focus to the management committee. Colin joined the management committee because volunteering his time is fulfilling and enjoyable, and gives a sense of self- satisfaction. He is interested in what the NDIS has to offer and believes people with a disability should be given every opportunity in life.

Colin lives locally with his wife of 17 years and his daughter and son.

Colin was born in Sydney and moved to Taree starting high school and later served an apprenticeship as a Fitter and Machinist with a local engineering firm. This took him on to working in Townsville and other places around Australia to settle back in Taree in the late 90s.

Now he is working as the Operations Manager at Steber International. Colin likes riding his bike, water skiing over the warmer months and loves AFL never missing a game when his team the Sydney Swans are playing

Committee Member: Steve Attkins

In March we began introducing you to the About Inclusion Management Committee. This month we meet Committee Member: Steve Attkins

Steve and his wife Robin own Great Lakes Wines and Great Lakes Paddocks at Wootton.

Steve has always been a strong campaigner for the Manning Valley and Great Lakes region and brings this passion and drive to the committee. He was in the role of Economic Development Manager - Manning Valley with Greater Taree City Council and the Manning Valley Business Chamber. Steve has served on the regional grants board, Regional Development Australia for over three years, and on the Advisory Panel for Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

Steve has worked with numerous councils on environmental projects over the past 15 years.

Steve has a strong interest in Disability Support Services and is on the Community Committee of Manning Valley Referral Hospital and also serves as a board member of Dundaloo.

Committee Member: Mary Blackman

In March we began introducing you to the About Inclusion Management Committee. This month we meet Committee Member: Mary Blackman

Mary is our most longstanding member, having first joined the committee in 1996.

She chose to join the committee because she saw that support was needed for this hard working group. Mary sees what needs to be done, and says "you just have to go and do it." Mary is one of those people that just keeps on doing.

Her thorough approach and full knowledge of the disability sector sees her working hard to keep things going in the best interest of those living with disability. Mary speaks out about things when required, and is a strong advocate for our loal area.

Mary was born in Sydney, then moved to Mendooran for farming, and after 20 years of marriage moved to Taree. Mary's previous work is in Early Intervention, assisting in local schools, fundraising, and providing valuable words of wisdom on many local boards and committees.

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