Gunditjmara welcomes visionary leadership team to deliver a strong, thriving service to its communities

Posted by Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Board of Directors on 16 February 2017

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The Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of a strengthened leadership team. The team will implement the Board’s vision for the organisation to move into the future as a proud, strong and inclusive Aboriginal Community Controlled organisation.

Jason Kanoa, a strong and proud Guditjmara/Bunitj man will commence as CEO on 17th April.

The Chair of the Board, Billy McGuinness said …‘We have a strong future in front of us as the leadership team builds on the strengths of past and current leaders.  We have full confidence the community, our partners and our stakeholders will see us evolving quickly and enhance our reputation over the coming months.

Jason has vision, lived experience and the skills we were looking for to steer the organisation into a period of reform and the opportunities this brings.’….

Jason said: ...‘I’m looking forward to living on country again. I’m particularly looking forward to working with the Board and the newly formed leadership team and positioning the organisation to secure the opportunities ahead’...

The new team builds on the strengths of Glenda Thompson, Manager of Aged Care and Disabilities, and has grown to include two full-time positions which commence this week. The Board and staff welcome to the organisation: Operations Manager, John Coxon and Primary Health Care Manager, Julieanne Crow. Both John and Julieanne bring extensive experience, skills and networks to further enhance the capacity of the organisation and our staff.

The team will initially focus internally to strengthen processes to ensure robust, high quality systems are in place to ensure our reputation gains strength. Stakeholder engagement will be a high priority once this occurs. 

The Interim CEO, Jill Gallagher AO said: ‘…We see a clear future of growth and strength for the organisation in the coming months. Our staff work very hard to provide the best services possible and I’m proud to have worked with them.  We must be able to provide the highest quality inclusive services to our community, and we must ready ourselves for many changes coming through Government reforms. The Board, Leadership team and staff at Gunditjmara will secure that future.’

Download the full media release here. PDF


Media enquiries: Louise Carey, Interim Operations Manager. Ph: 0457 520 121