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Board vision
That the ACWA Board governs ethically with the highest level of integrity, transparency and independence recognising its stewardship role in promoting and protecting the profession of community work.

ACWA's national board members are:

Claudia Cunningham
Life member ACWA

Board Role: President and past Vice President, Chair of Queensland/Northern Territory branch, past Chair Education Committee
Term of office: 2017-2020
Qualifications: BFET (Community and Human Service); Associate Diploma Applied Science, Community and Human Services; WH&S Officer and First Aid and CPR.
Practitioner interests: Women’s rights; community development; communication; domestic violence; education and training; BP Guild; and Girl Guides.

Claudia is both an experienced TAFE teacher in community services and a community welfare practitioner. Currently employed as a community sector support coordinator and emergency relief case manager in Queensland, Claudia has previously worked in the Commonwealth Department s of Repatriation, Social Security and Health.

Claudia has a long association with the Girl Guide movement and represented Girl Guides Australia at a world conference in the UK. She also has a strong involvement in Redland Council committees and events, particularly The Strawberry Festival.

Les Stewart
Board Role: Secretary and Chair Nomination Committee
Term of office: 2017-2020
Qualifications: Diploma of Social Welfare; Diploma of Social Justice
Practitioner interests: Social justice; mental health.

Les was an engineer before pursuing his interests in social justice and mental health. With a long career in the community sector Les has been active in ACWA since 2005. Les is involved in a number of organisations that focus on care for the disadvantaged. Les is a supervisor of students and a family therapist; he also enjoys broadening his horizons through overseas travel.

Nick Toonen OAM

Board role: Board member
Term of office: 2018-2021
Qualifications: B Sc (Information Science); Advanced Diploma Community Services Management.

Practitioner interests: Community Development; Social Justice; LGBTI Rights; Aboriginal Rights; Family Violence.

Nick is an experienced non-profit leader and executive, passionate about the development of thriving organisations, people and communities. Currently employed as General Manager at Djirra ( formerly Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria), an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, Nick’s previous work has spanned Early Childhood Education and Intervention, End of Life Care, HIV/AIDS, Citizens Advice Bureau and Volunteer Centers.

He has also led campaigns that transformed the way communities think about and engage with issues, resulting in changes to national and state laws, and stronger global human rights protections, in particular through gay rights campaigns.

Anne Jennings

Board role: Board member
Term of office: 2018-2021
Qualifications: Master of Arts degree, Bachelor of Social Science, Diploma of Community Development, Certificate IV in T&A. She is a PhD candidate.

Practitioner interests: Community development; professional development and education; ethics.

Anne has been involved in community development as a hands-on practitioner, a researcher, and a trainer in regional Western Australia for 30 years. Her roles have included working in NGOs and with local, state and commonwealth governments. She has also been a university lecturer and a community development consultant. Until recently Anne was Course Coordinator and Trainer and Assessor for the Diploma of Community Development at Notre Dame University, Broome Campus. She has now returned to part time consultancy work, whilst concentrating on a PhD.

Karen Robinson

Board role: Board member
Term of office: 2018-2021
Qualifications: Master of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Bachelor of Humans Services - majoring in ageing studies, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Practitioner interests: ageing; quality training

Karen’s career extends from 26 years nursing across all areas and in both the public and private sectors to university lecturer. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Human Services, majoring in ageing studies, Karen’s roles have included senior education advisor for the Australian Institute of Community Services, sessional lecturer within the School of Human Services & Social Work at Griffith University to her her current role as Lecturer-Field Placement at Griffith University where she works across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Marie Fox

Board role: Board member
Term of office: 2018-2021

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