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This year DTA has faced a year of change, development, embracing new ideas and also one of challenge. 
For some time the Board of DTA have been aware that changes across several platforms, were necessary to ensure currency within the environment in which DTA functions. How DTA communicates with its members is one of these areas.

This year, we have been very fortunate that Katrina Vouri, has taken on the role of Network Group Liaison person. Katrina is passionate about members, and the support of network groups. Her role means that network groups do not need to feel as if they are operating in isolation, but have a direct go-to person for support, encouragement and advice, and I would like, on behalf of the Board, to thank Katrina for her commitment and passion.

We have also seen outstanding positive changes in how the newsletter is designed and delivered and in the new and improved DTA website. These are significant achievements. (Read more about AGM here - also included Treasurer and Office Reports)

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The past year has been one of consolidation. Our finances have been challenged on occasion when our Conference date was moved to later in the year. Extremely careful day to day management by our dedicated staff ensured the work of DTA progressed as required.

Our term deposit was required for a short time but has now been re-established at $50,000.

Workshops have run successfully again this year and our thanks go to Steph and the volunteers who assist within each state. E-Learning is on our agenda for the future to allow members access to training Australia wide.

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Submitted by Diana Tocknell (while Margie is away on holiday!)
It has been another very busy year here in the office with exciting new things keeping us on our toes.

Of course the biggest change has been to our website and our move from paper to electronic for a lot of our paperwork. The new website looks really fantastic and if anyone hasn’t been on it yet – it is well worth a visit. Margie has spent many, many hours with our computer and website people getting the whole website business up and running. And along with that is the introduction of our e-newsletter and the phasing out of the paper copy. This benefits our members by cutting the costs of printing, paper & postage and at the same time enabling us to put up longer articles and wonderful photos. All the digital newsletters are on the website for any member to view at any time. There are currently only 30 people now receiving the paper newsletter.

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AGM 2014 Introduction of New Board Members

Vice President 2
Lindl Webster
I live in the beautiful Hunter Valley, NSW with my husband and two primary school aged daughters. My journey towards being a DT has involved several career changes, including a stint as a real estate property manager, and 16 years in the finance industry, managing at branch level and being a lender.

When the time came for career change number three, I gained my Cert III in aged care and started working as an AIN in an aged care facility. I did this for several years, with my focus always being completing my degree in Health Science with Charles Sturt, and gaining experience as a Recreational Activity Officer (RAO) at every opportunity. Fast forward to 2014, and I have been working as a DT with Adventist Senior Living for several years. I lead a group of 10 very dedicated RAO’s and we all love our job. 

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