November 2017 News from CEO, Joy Leggo

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Dear friends,

MACS Statutory Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 31 October and I am pleased to inform you that the Board of Directors has appointed the following office bearers for the next 12 months.

Chair – Gael Perry

Deputy Chair – Spiro Fatouros

Treasurer – Solomon Li

Finance & Audit Committee – Solomon Li (Chair), Gael Perry & Bob Holzer

Quality, Risk & Compliance Committee – Gerald De Stefano (Chair), Garry Kovacs & Tess Aberline

MACS Community Engagement Committee – Zoe McCubbery (Chair) & Spiro Fatouros

Foundation Committee – Tess Aberline (Chair) & Zoe McCubbery

Governance Committee – Gael Perry, Spiro Fatouros & Gillian Costa (Chair yet to be confirmed)

Elder Abuse Working Party – Tess Aberline (Chair) & Gael Perry.

MACS Annual report and Financial Statements for 2016-2017 are available at

On the same day as the AGM we acknowledged our board and staff for their years of service and dedication and commitment to MACS; 2 Board Directors for 15 years and 6 staff members for 10 years. Former Treasurer John Macarol was thanked for his dedication and commitment to MACS. 2 volunteers were acknowledged with appreciation for their services.

We also congratulated and celebrated with 10 staff members who have successfully completed accredited education during the year. 12 staff trainers were acknowledged for their passionate and committed input into MACS’ mandatory training program. 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.

I am delighted to report that on 6 October we had a visit from Geelong Sustainability Group and Local Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, to launch an exciting new partnership between MACS and Geelong Sustainability. The installation of 500 solar panels at MACS in the new year will deliver 577kWh a day of clean energy generation and hopefully a reduction of more than $29,000 in energy costs and significant reduction in carbon emissions. This project is a wonderful way to demonstrate MACS’ commitment to environmental sustainability as well as what a passionate and committed group of volunteers and a not for profit community based organisation can achieve together.

Pictured above at the launch of Geelong Sustainability Renewable Energy Project at MACS are from L-R: Gillian Costa, MACS’ Director; Zoe McCubbery MACS’ Director; Spiro Fatorous, MACS’ Deputy Chair; Joy Leggo, CEO; Gael Perry, MACS’ Board Chair; MP Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong; Dan Cowdell, Geelong Sustainability Project Co-ordinator and the team from Geelong Sustainability.

On Monday 9 October six young Danish cyclists rode into MACS on passenger tricycles promoting ‘Cycling Without Age’.  Residents, their families, home care consumers and staff had the opportunity to try out the bikes and if the smiles on faces were any indication, they were a big hit!  For many residents, it was the first time they had been on a bike in many years. Cycling Geelong is a partner with ‘Cycling Without Age’, Geelong Sustainability and MACS in Geelong’s first Cycling Without Age chapter.

With best wishes,


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