Shaun Baker moved his young family to Noosa over three years ago. He and his wife Bonnie recognised the benefits of raising their children within a community that cherished the same values they do. Shaun’s professional experience within the Queensland and Commonwealth Public Service has seen him hone skills in many areas, most recently in assisting develop innovative solutions by providing quality governance models to a number of projects he is responsible for. Shaun’s transferable skills, and his respected ability, have been welcomed throughout his current workplace and have complemented his passion for supporting, mentoring and empowering people. His work has helped colleagues, in both professional and personal capacities, to develop skills and realise potential. Shaun and his family are happily involved within their favourite local sporting teams and he is an active community member serving in a number of civic based roles. As a new board member Shaun will bring passion and drive to his work with Board Members. He will assist by delivering valuable solutions to complex matters within the National Disability Insurance Scheme framework. Shaun has post graduate qualifications in Public Sector Management, coupled with an Advanced Diploma of Management, Diploma of Project Management, and is a certified trainer. He is nearing completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Treasurer – Carol Johnson
Carol has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 44 years – 43 of them in the same house in Cooroy and has only recently moved to the country. Carol and her husband Alan have 2 children who are both d living in Brisbane and they have 2 grandsons who are their pride and joy. Carol has an Accounting practice known as CJ Taxation Services in Cooroy which has been established for almost 20 years. Before his retirement in 1995 to enable him to assist Carol with the IT support required in her practice Alan was the Service Manager at Daddow’s Cooroy Motors for 26 years. Along with her many other interests Carol has been a member of the Rotary Club of Cooroy for 15 years and has served as President, Treasurer and is currently the Youth Director. Her other passion is rowing which is a new pursuit and involves early mornings on the water when most other people are enjoying a sleep-in – especially in winter.
Originally from Brisbane, Michelle holidayed on the Sunshine Coast for many years and finally made the move to live where she played in 2010. Michelle has 19 years experience working with people with a disability and their families and has practiced as a Psychologist since 2002. Much of her work has involved positive behaviour support, early intervention, advocacy and teaching others to facilitate improvements in quality of life for individuals with a disability. She has had roles managing clinical allied health teams, working directly with people with a disability as a Psychologist, managing a respite and family support service with Autism Queensland and supervising and mentoring others in the field. She was a Teaching Fellow at Bond University in Psychology and Behaviour Management, and now with the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming in, is interested in promoting advanced post graduate studies in disability for tertiary institutions. Michelle was a member of the Sunshine Coast Mental Health Executive Council for two years and has a special interest in working with people who have complex behaviours that challenge others. For the past five years Michelle held the role of Principal Clinician for North Coast Region Disability Services. Being passionate about human rights, she had a statutory responsibility to safeguard people with a disability by reducing the use of restrictive practices by support agencies from Strathpine to Gympie. She is now in a role mentoring others in translating disability legislation into practice and supervising Psychologists. In all of her disability work her primary goal is to see people with a disability participate in community life freely and easily. An avid animal lover, her favourite pastimes are walking her two spoilt dogs on the beach and listening to live music with her partner. With a love for her local community and supporting local businesses, Michelle looks forward to being involved in creating community spaces where individuals can find their strengths and use their abilities to lead a full and valued life.
Sue has a secretarial/PA background and her husband a farming background. Their joint skills have seen them establish and develop several business ventures. Sue moved to Noosa from Victoria just over 12 years ago with her husband and 4 children. They established Bootsco Workwear in Noosaville in 2006. Sue has been a committee member since inception in 2005.
Tony has lived in Noosa since 1987, building a career in the event and sports management industry after founding Frontline Events (now USM events) – as the Managing Director. Tony continued his career as race director of Noosa and Mooloolaba Triathlon Festivals from 1993 to 1998, an event that won numerous local and industry tourism awards. Tony has also held positions as Project Manager of the Southern Cross Austereo industry award winning facilities at Maroochydore in 2000, and most recently as the Retail Sales Manager of Southern Cross Austereo Sunshine Coast. Tony lives in Mt Timbeerwah with his daughters and currently owns and manages “Wizard Communication – Sporting Contractors”
Damien has been involved in the horticulture, landscape design, construction & maintenance industries for 32 years and his work as a consultant in all facets of the landscape, horticulture and environment fields span Australia, Africa, Asia & the Middle East. Projects include: hotels, resorts, residential estates, educational facilities, nurseries, golf estates, environmental parks and leisure facilities, sports reserves & commercial premises. Damien has worked for large consultancy firms, lectured in Landscape and Horticulture as well as directed his own companies in the above industries, and in the process, has been extensively involved in design, master planning, marketing, documentation, horticultural consultation, tendering process, landscape project management, plant procurement, nursery development & management, stakeholder consultation and the design, development, coordination and delivery of training courses. Damien has formal qualifications in Landscape Design, Construction, Horticulture and Permaculture as well as Occupation Health and Safety, Project Management and Training and Assessment.
Damien has had many years involvement within the disability industry. As well as the invaluable experience gained by being a parent of a person with a disability, Damien has been an active Volunteer, Committee Person, Board Member and President of disability groups in NSW, Victoria and Qld. Before moving to Qld Damien was President of the Learning, Education and Play (LEAP) Group and was instrumental in the development of the LEAP Centre building in Wodonga, Victoria which is still an active education facility for young people living with a disability in that area. Damien has been involved in all fundraising events and many other areas with Sunshine Butterflies and is looking forward to being involved in the progression of Sunshine Butterflies while a Board Member.
Board Member – Dr Bob McCrossin