Introducing our new President, Brendan Edwards

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The Down Syndrome Victoria board are a dedicated group of skilled volunteers committed to our organisation achieving its vision of a society where people with Down syndrome are valued, reach their potential and are equal in every aspect of life. Part of the ongoing work of the board involves succession planning as well as building and fostering the skills required for robust and engaged leadership. The DSV board recognises the need to embrace change in order to bring about fresh ways of thinking, whilst also holding space for the past and where we have come from.

As a result, and after much deliberation Katrina Enos, current President of the Down Syndrome Victoria board, has decided it is time to take a step back. Joining the board in 2014 and becoming President in 2016, Katrina has seen DSV through all manner of highs and lows. Most notably, Katrina was President when DSV established the Advisory Network. Katrina says, ‘Getting the chance to mentor Matt, as Chair of the Advisory Network, has been an absolute highlight for me. I’m also incredibly proud of having been a part of the recruitment panel which brought on Brendan, Michael, Wendy and Aileen to the board, as well as Dan into the CEO role!’. Whilst she will be stepping down from her current role, Katrina will remain on the DSV board as Secretary.

Current Secretary Brendan Edwards is excited to be taking on the role as President. Also a long-term member of the board, Brendan says he has big shoes to fill: ‘Katrina has, and will remain to be, an excellent leader. We thank her for all she has done for DSV to date. DSV is a wonderful organisation and I’m very proud to lead the next chapter alongside the brilliant team at DSV. Although we face some challenges, I’m excited by the opportunities ahead.’

DSV’s Treasurer, Michael Pocock, will also be passing his role to current board member, Wendy McNabb. 

We’d like to sincerely thank Katrina for her time, knowledge and dedication and we’re grateful she is able to continue to support DSV. And Brendan, thank you for your ongoing support. We just know the next phase for DSV is looking bright.

You can read more about Brendan here.