Our History

The Christie Centre started around the kitchen table involving families who identified lack of services.

On 6 December 1954 classes started in a Lemon Ave Youth Centre with 4 children, 3 adults and 1 teacher/supervisor.

66 years (2020) later we have over 140 participants and similar staff numbers across 8 sites.

Over the years, the Service has developed into a diverse and ‘Person-Directed’ service, priding ourselves on working beyond ‘Best Practice’ and developing ‘Next Practice’.

The scope of services range from:

  • Recreation and Leisure pursuits
  • Meeting complex care needs of the Individual
  • Independent living skills
  • Ongoing education/training and pathways to employment
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Support Coordination and
  • Other valued roles within the community

Our Vision

Supporting people to have meaningful lives in their community

Our Mission

Connecting people with people

Our Values

  • Open and honest communication
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Respect – Accountability
  • Building strong relationships with people, their families, other services and the community.

 

The Christie Centre has current certification for:

Our Board of Management

Ross Humphreys, GCETT, Ad Dip LM

Chair 

Born and raised in Mildura, Ross, has more than 30 years of senior management experience.

Working within the retail sector for many years, he then qualified as a teacher in 2012 and is now employed at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE holding the position of Manager, Commercial Community Industry Engagement.

Passionate about his local community he led the establishment of a community focused division within the Vocational Education sector.

His knowledge across the business sector, his teaching experience and local networks provide him with a strong base to lead our organisation in both service provision, and sales and marketing of our social enterprises.

Patricia D'Aranjo, GradDipMgt

Deputy Chair

Pat was born and raised in India, immigrating to Australia with her family in 1971.

Much of Pat’s career has been spent living and working in the Indigenous space, spending many years in the Northern Territory and remote areas of South Australia.

In senior management roles and government consultancy across the arts, native title programs, community and workforce development, human resources and the establishment and operation of social enterprises.

Pat openly admits she fell in love with Mildura, its community and lifestyle following a holiday to the region, ultimately moving here in 2016.

Coming from a migrant family and having extensive experience in the Indigenous space, Pat is well aware of the challenges facing minority cohorts.  This drives her passion for equal rights, equal opportunities and recognition of all abilities and the worth of all individuals.

Simon Rule, BInfMgt, MPAcc

Treasurer

Simon has been a resident of the Mildura region for more than 25 years and currently holds the position of Finance and Policy Director at Wentworth Shire Council.

Having spent 6 years prior to this as Finance Manager with Robinvale District Health Services, he brings to the Christie Centre Board extensive experience in business administration and operations within the local government and health sectors.

With an active interest in sport, Simon has served on several sporting club committees.

With a close personal connection to disability, Simon saw joining the Board as an opportunity to support an organisation and industry that provides services to his wider family and the community.

Jenny Bennett, JP

Secretary

Born and raised in Mildura, Jenny is a true local to the area, relishing in its special community and understanding its needs and challenges.

Embedded in the local community, Jenny has over the years served as President and Secretary of many organisations including the Merbein Historical Society, the Australian Institute of Office Professionals Mildura, and Business & Professional Women.

Appointed as a JP in 1999 she joined the Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices and acted as Secretary of the Sunraysia Branch for ten years from 2004-2013.

In 2001 Jenny’s service to the community was recognised with the awarding of the Centenary Medal and the following year she received a Public Service Medal for her contribution to education and the community.

Jenny’s broad experience and extensive local knowledge make her a valuable member of the Christie Centre Board.

Bob Jankowski, MEd (Special Ed)

Director

A resident of Mildura since 2011, Bob has been teaching for more than forty years, with a focus on the arts.

Understanding the benefits of creativity to inspire ambition and build confidence, Bob facilitates weekly Children’s Art Workshops throughout the year.  He is also a strong supporter of the Red Cliffs Players, Friends of Mildura Arts Centre and the Art Vault, where he maintains studio space.

Currently employed by the Mildura Specialist School, his knowledge and experience as a teacher of special needs students as well as his personal skills as a recognised local artist brings a valuable and insightful opinion to our Board.

Inga Dalla Santa, LL.B/LP (Hons), BBSc

Director

A Mildura local, Inga has been engaged in the legal industry for more than 20 years and now works with respected Mildura legal practice Martin Middleton Oates Lawyers.

Her interest in disability has been longstanding, having taken an elective law topic “Disability, Aging and Mental Health” during her university studies.

With legal knowledge, skills and qualifications, and a strong understanding of effective decision-making, she joined the Board of the Christie Centre in 2010.

Extending her support of the local community, Inga is also a committed external member of both the Mallee Catchment Management Authority and the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE audit committees.

 

Our Team

Florence Davidson, BSocSc

Florence Davidson, BSocSc

Executive Officer

Florence is an experienced Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit field, specifically for championing the rights and equity needs of people with different abilities. She is a change initiator and incubator of ideas and highly skilled in non-profit organisations, coaching, community development, government, facilitation, and proposal writing.

With a strong belief in supporting the disability sector as well as her local community, Florence is a board member of the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, the Local Lead Loddon Mallee region for SENVIC (Social Enterprise Network Victoria), sits on the Rural and Remote Regions Committee of the National Disability Services, the Mallee Regional Partnership, the Executive Committee of Hands Up Mallee and has  played an integral part in the development of a number of  NDIS Workforce Development Projects including Psychosocial supports.

Jill Morgan, DipBusAcctg

Jill Morgan, DipBusAcctg

Corporate Services Manager

Jill gained her qualifications as a mature age student and has worked in the finance field for the majority of her career.

Initially self-employed, she provided bookkeeping services to small business whilst raising her family.

She joined the Christie Centre as a staff member in 2011 and now holds the position of Corporate Services Manager as well as Acting Executive Officer when required.

With her understanding of the disability sector through personal experience, and her years working in the finance arena and offices within that sector, Jill is highly committed to the organisation and supporting the people that need our services.

Amy Whitford, BPsychSc, BSocSc, Cert IV Govt Investigations

Amy Whitford, BPsychSc, BSocSc, Cert IV Govt Investigations

Support Services Coordinator

Working with people with complex needs and behaviours of concern is Amy’s passion.

Her knowledge and expertise gained through lived experience with family members and professional engagement in the disability sector over more than 10 years in Victoria and South Australia guides her leadership of the Support Services team, and care and support of Christie Centre participants.

Her ultimate goal and focus is to provide a level of service that she would expect for her own family, ensuring people with disability are treated as equals and to provide space where they feel safe, accepted and proud of who they are.

Leeanne Rule, BSW, Cert IV ProfWrtg&Edit

Leeanne Rule, BSW, Cert IV ProfWrtg&Edit

Quality, Risk and Safety Coordinator

Leeanne, originally from Western Australia, worked in the Public Service for over a decade in policy and ministerial liaison.

Having completed a degree in Social Work she has, over the past two decades, gained experience working in the health, legal, community and disability sectors.

Governance and risk management knowledge gained through working as a business consultant, along with her social work experience in health and disability have positioned Leeanne well as Quality, Risk and Safety Coordinator.

Sue Morisset

Sue Morisset

Business Development Coordinator

Living just out of Adelaide, Sue is one of our administration staff living and working remotely but visiting to work onsite bi-monthly.

Fundraising, community and stakeholder engagement, governance and strategy, and quality and servicing auditing has been the focus of Sue’s professional life for more than 30 years across Victoria and South Australia.

She brings experience from within the broader health sector, as a Senior Associate at a large not-for-profit consultancy and also, until her recent move to SA as a board member of a small Melbourne based national NFP.

Sue utilises and shares her experience and broad knowledge to support, strengthen, refine and constantly improve operations and services provided to our participants.

Community Partners

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) –  Australian Premium Dried Fruits – Australian Vintage Ltd –  Collier Charitable Fund – Davidson Institute – Department of Health and Human Services – Department of Social Services – FRRR – GJ Gardner Homes – Good360 – Hands Up Mallee – Lime Therapy – Mental Health Victoria – Mildura Arts Centre – Mildura Ecovillage – Mildura Golf Resort – Mildura Living Magazine – Mildura Rural City Council – Murray River Salt –  NAID –  NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission – NDS – NMLLEN – Olam Edible Nuts – Otto Studios – PHN Murray – Point 3 Design – Select Harvests – SENVIC – Social Traders – Social Ventures Australia – Stefano’s Cafe – SuniTAFE – Sustainability Victoria – The Ian Potter Foundation – Westpac Foundation

Community Supporters

Arts Mildura – Australian Inland Botanic Gardens – Be Collective – Border Technology – Bunnings Mildura – Devilee’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration – Every Australian Counts – Galley F – Jacaranda Village – Mallee Catchment Management Authority – Mallee Family Care – Mildura Lions Club – Mildura Police – Peter Kittle Motors – SunAssist – Sunraysia Community Health Services – Sunraysia Cellar Door – Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council Inc – Valid Inc – Zilzie Wines

Patron

Stan Alves OAM

Community Ambassador

To be advised

Community Ambassador

To be advised

 

(03) 5023 2761

115 Twelfth Street
Mildura VIC 3500

PO Box 1000
Mildura VIC 3502
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