CEO News November 2019

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Dear friends,

MACS 26th Statutory Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 29 October 2019 and I am pleased to inform you that the Board of Directors has appointed the following office bearers for the next 12 months.

  • Chair – Spiro Fatouros
  • Deputy Chair – Gillian Costa
  • Treasurer – Deanne Firth
  • Finance & Audit Committee – Deanne Firth (Chair), Spiro Fatouros and Gillian Costa
  • Quality, Risk & Compliance Committee – Gerald De Stefano (Chair), Zoe McCubbery and Garry Kovacs
  • Community Engagement Forum – Gillian Costa (Chair), Gael Perry and Deanne Firth
  • Governance Committee – Spiro Fatouros (Chair), Garry Kovacs and Gillian Costa
  • Elder Rights Committee – Tess Alberline (Chair) and Gael Perry

MACS Annual report and Financial Statements for 2018-2019 are available at

I am also pleased to advise you that appointments to the Community Engagement Forum are as follows.

  • Mary Costa House Family representative – Vicki Maroulis
  • Borrela House Family representative – Jan Costa
  • Annie O’Malley House family representative – Shirley Accheni Kerger and Esther Fairchild (alternating)
  • Gerda’s House representative – Connie Winiecki
  • Bella Chara representative – Clive Mitchell
  • Home Services representative – Tim Naylor
  • ILU representative – Jenny Noorderbroek

On the same day as the AGM we acknowledged our staff and volunteers for their years of service and dedication and commitment to MACS; 3 staff members and 3 volunteers for 25 years, 3 staff members for 20 years, 16 staff members and 1 volunteer for 15 years, 15 staff members and 1 volunteer for 10 years and retiring Board Director, Robert (Bob) Holzer for 12 years of service. As the Chair, Gael Perry said at the annual meeting “As an interesting statistic just under 50% of our 211 staff on our payroll have more than 5 years of service.  That in itself tells you all how value driven this organisation is.”

We also congratulated and celebrated with 10 staff members who have successfully completed accredited education during the year.

These annual presentations are always happy occasions; sometimes there are tears as we acknowledge something special about a staff member, but in essence it is an opportunity for the leadership team and our educator to personally acknowledge individual staff members.

We also had the pleasure to present our Annual MAD (Making a Difference) Award to Home Services team member Monika Zsebe who was the overall winner for the year chosen from the 12 monthly winners. The MAD Awards recognise someone that demonstrates the MACS values on a day to day basis and excels in what they do.

As the weather starts to warm up it is important that you are aware that MACS has reviewed its fire and emergency procedures (and does so regularly) but especially with reference to the up-coming summer season when fires are more likely. Even though MACS is in a ‘low risk’ area, the organisation takes emergency management seriously for our residents and also just as importantly that each and every MACS’ home care consumer has a comprehensive emergency plan to ensure we are prepared at all times. We also get alerts from the Federal/State governments on ‘high risk’ days. MACS works closely with fire and emergency services, has routines in place and all our staff are trained to deal with an emergency should it arise.

I do hope you and your family and friends can join us in celebrating 25 wonderful years of MACS at our Jubilee Dinner Dance at The Pier, Geelong, on Friday 6 December.


Warm regards, 


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