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Skylight's Most Coveted Award Presented at the AGM

Where has this year gone?

The end of 2017 is fast approaching and amongst the excitement, Skylight's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is one of the highlights. On Monday 16th October, our yearly meeting took place at our Wayville office.

Before the meeting, we were delighted with a special Djembe drumming and sing-along performance. It was a wonderful performance!

Our Skylight President, Pat McLeod, opened the AGM by discussing our re-branding from MIFSA to Skylight. She also updated all fellow board members, staff, and members on Skylight and the sector reform often referred to as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Pat concluded with wise words from Professor Alan Fels, AO, Chair of the Nation Mental Health Commission. "Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them. This simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

The meeting followed with Skylight CEO, Natasha Miliotis, sharing her 2017 business report based on staff and participant's stories, the number of participants we reached, mention of our footprint across South Australia, as well as the transformation of Skylight and our service offerings. To wrap up, Natasha extended her deepest thanks to staff, participants, and volunteers for their contribution in 2017 and for making Skylight the great place it is!

Skylight's coveted Life Membership was awarded to Yvonne Torr for her exceptional service and outstanding 20+ years contribution to Skylight. Yvonne's work started long before we were MIFSA or Skylight Mental Health.

She began as a volunteer at the Parnangga Activity Centre in May 1991 under the Schizophrenia Fellowship of SA. In 1995, a successful grant application enabled the program to move to bigger locations, where Skylight Parnangga remains today.

Yvonne's dedication certainly paid off, as she became a permanent employee and a face of the Parnangga location for many people. Known for being responsible, reliable, and resilient Yvonne is a bastion of stability and support for many people in the South. Never afraid to face the reality of life, and its challenges, Skylight has been a major beneficiary of her determined, dedicated and fundamental approach to dealing with the day-to-day issues that face our participants and families. Congratulations Yvonne!

Guests were then entertained with a strong, glorious rendition of Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown, Pay Me by Neil Diamond and Neil Young's Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black). The performer's commanding voice and unique take on the songs had guests captivated (and keen for more!).

Board members reconvened and announced no change to office bearer positions, which are as follows:

President: Pat McLeod 
Vice President: Michelle Williams 
Treasurer: Geoff Pritchard 
Members: Mark Haddad, Darren Hunt, David Meldrum, Adam McCallum, Penny Wright Lisa Thiele, & Bec Maerschel.

Before declaring the close for the AGM, Pat expressed excitement for the years ahead, including Skylight's major opportunities to deliver participant focused services, that will make a difference to people's lives and additional support from the Board!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the AGM a great success.

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