On Monday 28 October 2019 AED held its Annual General Meeting at its new premises. AED’s Chairperson Mr Gaetano Ravida opened the meeting and gave his annual report to those present, noting that ‘AED remains current and continues to have influence on the systemic and individual needs of Australian’s living with disability in this new federalised approach to disability support.’
The Treasurer Erwin Ng followed by tabling his report. Erwin highlighted the fact that 2018-19 had been a good year financially for AED where we saw a turnaround to a positive operating profit of $17K compared to the previous year. This has been due to an increase in income and a decrease in expenses.
AED’s Legal Manager and Principal Solicitor Kairsty Wilson gave her report touching on many themes and the main areas of operations during the year. She noted that 'in providing over a decade of quality legal advocacy to people with disability it may be useful to reflect that for many of our clients we need to address more than just the legal issues but we must also provide emotional support– for the advocacy journey is often a long and difficult one.'
Kairsty also thanked the AED Committee, staff, students and volunteers for their dedication and support of the service.
The AED Committee also took the opportunity of moving 2 motions to show their gratitude to Jeffrey Au and Wendy Davies for their support and dedication to AED.
The new AED Committee for 2019
Chairperson – Mr Gaetano Ravida
Secretary – Ms Kairsty Wilson
Treasurer – Mr Erwin Ng
Ordinary member – Chris Devine
Ordinary member – Stacy Mallis
Ordinary member – Daniel Fahey
Ordinary member – Ophelia Katrivessis