I joined the Territorial Advisory Board of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory in July 2010. In April of this year, I was privileged to be appointed as Chairman, carrying on the work of former Chairman Margaret Jackson ac. It is a great honour to serve The Salvation Army in this new capacity.
What always touches me about The Salvation Army is the vast spectrum of people they care for: young people struggling to find their way, people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, adult men and women in crisis accommodation struggling with addiction, people fleeing violent situations and elderly people requiring care. I have seen The Salvation Army in action and am excited to be a part of that work.
I consider it a privilege to be able to do what I can to assist The Salvation Army along with my Board members and many leading individuals in business, commerce and the community. The influence of highly skilled and networked individuals involved in the Advisory Board and supporting committees enables The Salvation Army to strengthen its operations and influence and helps raise the financial resources it desperately needs to continueto serve the disenfranchised in our community.
In August this year The Salvation Army’s biennial Advisory Board and Committee Convention was held. This offered members of boards and committees from across the Southern Territory a unique opportunity to connect. The boards and committees are made up of people with specific sets of skills: from leaders in the advertising and marketing industry to experts in property, finance and law. The convention highlighted that we have a board and committee structure that is thriving and comprises people who are passionate about the work of the Army.
This year also saw us farewell Commissioners Raymond and Aylene Finger and welcome Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd to the Territory. We are very grateful for the inspirational leadership and commitment demonstrated by the Commissioners Finger and our heartfelt thanks goes out to them. They have our best wishes for the next phase of their journey and we look forward to serving our new Commissioners.
I look forward to the year ahead – and thank God for the Salvos.
Joanne Cameron, Partner in Charge, King & Wood Mallesons Chairman, Territorial Advisory Board