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Jan 2020 – Coordinators Bulletin 2020 01 No.1

Meet our new Directors
Dear Co-ordinators,

On behalf of the Board of Dragons Abreast Australia, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Ross Halfacree and Gemma Bawden as Board Directors effective 15 January 2020.

Ross and Gemma bring experience, skills, and knowledge to the role of Director and will help ensure the growth and success of Dragons Abreast Australia.  We congratulate them on their appointment and look forward to working with them.  Members will have the opportunity to meet them at the National Convention on 20 June 2020 in Brisbane.
Here is a little more about each of them.
Ross Halfacree
As a consequence of his partner’s breast cancer, Ross has been a supporter of DAA for the past 5 years. Through the support of both local and international events, he has witnessed the friendships and joy provided by dragon boat competition and participation.
Ross has held senior management roles across a range of government and private business sectors, including the past 12 years working with international medical device manufacturers. He hopes to contribute to the growth and sustainability of DAA using his sales, marketing, and strategic planning skills and knowledge.
Ross is a Non-Executive Board Director and Member of the Finance and Risk Sub-Committee at Seniors Rights Service (SRS). SRS is an organisation dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of older people, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.  He is also a member of the Marketing and Fundraising Sub-committee of Odyssey House NSW (OH).  OH offers community services and residential services covering alcohol and other drug counselling, mental health services as well as family and parent support programs in locations across Sydney.
Gemma Bawden
Gemma joined DAA as a Director from the ACT.  Having experienced close loved ones affected by breast cancer, Gemma is passionate about promoting breast cancer awareness and the importance of providing a strong community to support both breast cancer survivors and affected family members and friends.  As such Gemma seeks the opportunity to give back to the DAA community by lending her governance, risk management, and digital marketing skills.
When not working as a Management Consultant full time, Gemma loves being outdoors, going camping, hiking or relaxing on a beach with friends and family, and is looking forward to trying her hand at dragon boating as well.

Mabel Sansom, Chair
On behalf of the Board of Dragons Abreast Australia