Honorary Members Announced

Written on the 17 November 2017

Community Living Australia's foundations have been formed through the commitment and drive of people with the vision of quality services that truly meet the individual needs of our clients and strengthen the communities we serve. At the recent Annual General Meeting, three individuals were recognised and awarded Honorary membership for their service and support of Community Living Australia.

Jonty Whitehead

Jonty and her son Simon have been with the organisation over the last 20 years (previously CLASS and now Community Living Australia).

Jonty has shown a commitment to the organisation with her involvement on the CLASS Board for many years, the Service Improvement (now Service Quality) Board Sub Committee and more recently the Hills Family Forum Committee. Jonty's indepth understanding of issues through a family member utilising services has proved invaluable in the ongoing development of our services and staff, communication standards and program quality.

Jonty has also spent many tireless hours volunteering for Community Living Australia on many fundraising initiatives and assisting with Day Option programs.

Kay Blackwell

Kay Blackwell and her family were one of the four founding families' instrumental in forming the then CLASS over 30 years ago.

Kay's passion and commitment to the organisation was strengthened by her involvement with the Board of CLASS and her insight into service delivery with her daughter Jane accessing Day Options programs.

With Kay's dedication, forethought and tireless commitment to the organisation's development, Community Living Australia forged a strong reputation for providing quality services for people with disability.

Kay sadly passed away last year from a long illness and her presence, commitment and ease with which she communicated is sadly missed.

Ken Coventry OAM, JP

Ken has 31 years' management experience in Local Government and has been principal of his own small business. In 2008, Ken was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Council, community groups and was the Westpac Community Citizen of the Year for the Murraylands and Riverland in the SA Great Awards.

A vast majority of Ken's time is taken up with not-for-profit bodies including historically as Chair of Community Lifestyles Inc and Deputy Chair of Community Living Australia.

As the Chair of Community Lifestyles, Ken was instrumental for many years in ensuring good governance and when needed timely operational advice. Ken's connection to clients, families and community was instrumental in the success of the organisation.

During his tenure as Chairperson of Community Lifestyles Board from 2006 to 2015, Ken's drive and passion for quality care for people with disability made him instrumental in approaching a like-minded organisation with the same values and vision to give greater opportunities not only for people with disability but also staff within the Murraylands region. As a result, a merger of Community Lifestyle and CLASS was achieved with the formation of Community Living Australia.

Ken is also a Trustee of Community Living Australia Foundation which provides additional support to people with disability through the Foundation's work.

Ken is driven by a desire to use his skills and expertise with the support of others to help people with disability realise their potential. We sincerely thank Jonty, Kay and Ken for their lasting impact on Community Living Australia.

 


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