We are pleased to announce the names of those who have recently been appointed to the CSSV Council.
The Council plays a vital role in the functioning of CSSV, offering expertise, knowledge and practical assistance in the governance of CSSV and administration of social services across the state. The Council sets the Strategic Plan for CSSV and is governed by a Code of Conduct.
We wish to sincerely thank the outgoing Council who have worked tirelessly through a time of challenges and change and have at all times maintained a strong commitment to those who are most on the margins. A particular thank you to those who have stepping down from their roles – retiring Chair, Bernie Cronin; Anne Astin, who has Chair the Governance and Finance Committee; retiring Treasurer, Sonya Smart; Fr Joe Caddy AM; and Special Advisor to Council, Tony Fitzgerald.
With the new CSSV Constitution coming into effect at the recent AGM, the CSSV Council is now comprised of twelve members – six positions elected by CSSV Members, four appointments by the Bishops of Victoria (one in each diocese), one appointment by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Chair to be appointed by the Council (in consultation with the Bishops of Victoria).
Following the AGM held in April 2023, we welcome the following members to the CSSV Council:
Elected to Council:
- Jenny Glare, Deputy Chair (MacKillop Family Services) – continuing on Council
- Sherry Balcombe (Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria) – continuing on Council
- James Findlay (Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand) – new to Council
- Mark Monahan (Edmund Rice Community Services, Mt Atkinson) – new to Council
- Felicity Rorke (Good Samaritan Inn) – continuing on Council – continuing on Council
- Paul Turton (St Vincent de Paul Society) – new to Council
Bishop’s nominee in the Diocese of Sale: Deacon Mark Kelly – continuing on Council
Bishop’s nominee in the Diocese of Sandhurst: John Murphy – continuing on Council
Bishop’s nominee in the Archdiocese of Melbourne: Agnes Sheehan – continuing on Council (previously the Episcopal Vicar for Social Services’ nominee)
CRA nominee: Nicole Rotaru RSM (CRA) – continuing on Council
Ross Wheatland, who has been the Bishop’s nominee in the Diocese of Ballarat will sadly be stepping down from his role and his replacement is yet to be announced. The Council Chair is yet to be appointed.
We particularly welcome those who are joining the Council for the first time – James Findlay, Mark Monahan and Paul Turton and we look forward to working closely with the new Council as we together seek to build a more just and compassionate society.