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Happy New Year to you all. I do hope that you all enjoyed your summer break, even if it was just a break from emails, haha! I hate to show off, but I was lucky enough to have a week on Norfolk Island, which was very restful.
The Dementia Australia Advisory Committee (DAAC) has already held its first meeting for 2023, and we are very happy to welcome two new members, John Thorpe, based in SA and Stephen Rule from WA. This means that we are back to our 10 members, with a better gender balance, with a 6:4 female/male ratio and with a greater balance of representation from various States. It was wonderful that, thanks to the larger number of excellent applications this time round, we were able to improve this balance. A very warm welcome to John and Stephen; after our conversations at your first meeting, I have no doubt that you will be a great addition to DAAC.
Thank you to all the enthusiastic Advocates who applied to join the DAAC, it was very encouraging. Sorry we couldn’t include everyone, but rest assured, given that all members work a set term, there will be many opportunities ahead, as current members step back and make room for new voices.
I hope that many of you are looking forward to the next Dementia Advocates drop-in meeting – I can’t wait to catch up with many long-term and new friends and “colleagues”.
Wishing you all well.
Chair, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee
Photo: L-R Jenny Lawson, Val Schache, Juanita Hughes, Kevyn Morris, Dennis Frost, Ann Pietsch, Bobby Redman, Sarah Ashton, Natalie Ive.
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