Location: Kookabuurra Café Paddington.
Date: 14 Feb 2016
Opened: 19:30; President Gary Stone, Chair.
Gary Stone, Lynne Stone, Geoff Fry, Colin Ahern, Paul Randall, Ellen Randall , Claudia Randall, Graham Harvison, Les Anson, Gaye Hull, Christina Hully, Bruce Bonney, Andrew Regget, Donna Regget, Rev. Peter Devenish-Meares, John Jordon, Kevin Lappin, Rosella Fowle, Gary Fowle, Bill Kenny, Barbara Kenny, George Stack, Byron Court, John Hull, Peter Lehmann, Steve Hall, Caitlin Proctor, Col Ahern.
Andrew Burke, Ian Marshall, Ted Chitham, Phil and Robyn Locke, Rob Vicary.
Gary Stone (President)
Bruce (Luke 4: 16-19.) and Gary
Gary outlined the recent activities/events that had been conducted most of which are covered in greater detail in the newsletter (Attachment 1; 16th Edition February 2016, available on website www.veteranscare.com.au ).
The Treasurer outlined present financial status and funding activities/bids/applications underway.
Present financial position has allowed for part-time employment of the well qualified and experienced Caitlin Proctor as VCA Pastoral Care Coordinator. This is a major step forward for VCA (further details in newsletter, https://veteranscare.com.au/february-2016-an-update-on-veterans-care-activities/). Caitlin introduced herself and outlined her various therapeutic modalities.
VCA member Barbara Kenny, also from “Quilts of Valour,” gave an introduction and background to Quilts of Valour and her own family connections to the military and PTSD. Quilts of Valour award these hand made, individual quilts to veterans/families as a “Thank You from Australia for Your Service.”
Barbara awarded quilts and certificates to:
A photo was taken of the attendees.
Gary has been invited to write an article for the Catholic Leader about suicide.
Bruce Bonney commented on the value of the President’s report to inform members of many of the activities that VCA has been engaging in/delivering. It is important that people regularly check the web for newsletters.
George Stack commented on the value of veterans (who have suicidal tendercies) to have access to a genuinely sympathetic listener who can also direct them to further help. Also support for family members who may call in crisis. He asked Gary what was the average calls per week that he received. Gary said around 50 per week (not all crisis calls).
19:30, 15 May 2016 Kookaburra Café, Paddington.