41st Annual General Meeting of Down Syndrome Association of New South Wales Inc.

October 31, 2021

11:00am (NSW)


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Date and Time
Sunday 31 October 2021 – 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Online on Zoom. You can access the meeting here.

Proxy Form

You can appoint a proxy by filling in the proxy form and returning it via email to the Secretary. If nominating a proxy form must be sent to the Secretary 48 Hours prior to the AGM


You can find the full agenda on this page.

AGM 2019 minutes, Annual Report and Financial statements

Attendance and RSVP

RSVP is required by Friday 29 October 2021 at 5:00pm to secretary@dsansw.org.au. Please include your contact details in your reply including mobile phone number, email and address.

IMPORTANT: Each member participating in the meeting is required to have a separate DEVICE to log on to the zoom platform. This is necessary for compliance with attendance and voting procedures. Remember – One device – One vote- One voice! 

How to Access Zoom

Click on the Zoom link.

Please find some helpful tips below. 

  • 5 – 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to make sure you connect successfully – you will see the DSANSW logo – you will wait there until the Chair formally invites you into the meeting from 10.55 am.
  • Enter your name – please make sure you write your name in the video box- click on the left hand bottom corner of the video frame and select from the drop down menu ‘change name’ then write in both your first and last name.
  • During the meeting we will ask you to press your mute button. If we have too much noise we will mute all from the central control.
  • Voting: you will be asked to vote by poll during the meeting
  • Questions: please write questions in the `chat’ box and we will aim to answer as many as possible during the meeting.
  • Recording: the session will be recorded


  1. Welcome and acknowledgement of Country
  2. Attendance
  3. Apologies
  4. Proxies
  5. Virtual meeting guidelines
  6. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  7. Business arising from the 2020 Annual General Meeting
  8. Acceptance of Annual Report (Hayley Warren, President)
  9. Annual reflections – UP! Club President Tara Elliffe
  10. Approval of Financial Statements for the year ending 30 June 2021 (Nicholas Gotsis, Treasurer)
  11. Appointment of Auditor for FY22 accounts
  12. General Business
  13. Appointment of Directors and Office Bearers of the Board
  14. Appointment of Life Members
  15. Keynote address: Associate Professor Mary-Ann O’Donovan Executive Director Centre for Disability Studies. (10 mins)
  16. Reflection from Di Cook a founding Member of Down Syndrome Association of New South Wales (5 mins)
  17. Meeting Close

Our Guest Speakers

Associate Professor Mary-Ann O’Donovan Executive Director Centre for Disability Studies.

Mary-Ann O’Donovan (PhD) holds a conjoint position of Associate Professor of Disability Studies in the University of Sydney and Executive Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, a research affiliate of the University. She has a breadth of research experience – management of national disability databases, analysis of large datasets, qualitative research, policy content analysis. She has a particular interest in housing for people with intellectual disability including de-institutionalisation, housing mobility and housing stability, homelessness, choice and impact of housing and where one lives on health and health service utilisation. More recently she has been involved in multiple programs of work and research exploring inclusive practice and policy for the participation of people with intellectual disability in further and higher education. She has been in involved in large research projects that have studied the health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability.

Mary-Ann was an Alumnus of the HRB SPHERE programme, completing her PHD in Health Services Research and Population Health Sciences in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2015. The PhD focused on the health and housing needs and later life transitions of older people with an intellectual disability. Previous work experience includes Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability and Inclusion (TCD), Project Manager of the IDS-TILDA study, management of the Department of Health’s National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD) in the Health Research Board, research officer in the National Disability Authority and the Rehab Group.

Ms Di Cook

A founding Member of Down Syndrome Association of New South Wales.

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