Goulburn Options ready for 2020

By David Rak

The board of Goulburn Options is ready for business in 2020.

With all positions filled by election at the recent annual general meeting, the nine board members have an ambitious plan for the new year.

Ewan McDonald is the incoming chairperson, with Bob Edwards taking the role of secretary, Michael Molony treasurer and Raelene Eason vice-chairperson.

Service awards were also presented to staff and volunteers.

Amy Forcier, Bev Ridley and Jorgia Vanden Berg received five-year awards, Deb Saunders and Jessica Smith reached 10 years and Marie Maggs achieved 15 years.

Norma Walton and Judith Kecskes were honoured for contributing 20 years of voluntary service.

Reports from chief executive Rosey Panelli and retiring chair Bob Edwards outlined the progress of Goulburn Options during the first year of NDIS operations in the region.

“The year has been challenging, but it has also brought some new opportunities for our participants,” Dr Panelli said.

“The key to success has been the commitment of our wonderful staff.”

Mr Edwards noted the ongoing community support of fundraising and the op shop.

“As a result of these efforts, I am pleased to announce Goulburn Options will be building a new commercial kitchen in the High St centre,” he said.

“It will be open in time for the new year.”