Who We Are

Margaret Fisk OAM
Founder

Margaret is the Founder of DSNSG and she also held the position of  National Coordinator/Secretary from 1993 to January 2013. Margaret’s involvement with DSNSG began in late 1993 when she formed the group due to the experiences her family had when trying to obtain services for their son who has severe disabilities. Margaret has received several awards for her work with people with disabilities including being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia and the Carer Innovation Award from the Carers Association of Australia. Margaret was also awarded a Centenary Medal from the Federal Government.

Kim Collins
National  Coordinator

Kim Collins is the National Coordinator of the Defence Special Needs Support Group. Kim was the President for Blamey Community Group and also the Treasurer of Blamey Community Group Kapooka in Wagga Wagga .
Due to this interest and a background in nursing and defence, Kim became the Voluntary Coordinator for Wagga Wagga area in 2011. Kim also holds Cert III in Disability, Cert III in Community Services, Certificate IV in Front line management, training in Managing Community Organisations, Certificate of Business Services, Great understanding of Defence funding. Currently Studying Cert IV in Mental Health.
Kim has 5 children and one child with SN who  is a sensational kid with ADHD/ASD/ADD and learning difficulties which has given  her an insight and understanding into the processes surrounding Special Needs.

Kim’s aims are to support  Defence families and educate people about the uniqueness of Special Needs and promote the group to the wider community. A solid parental support network is essential as Defence life is unique with a transient lifestyle. Kim strives to provide support wherever possible.

Sandy Soulsby
 National Assistant Coordinator
Sandy was a serving member in the Australian Army, and has been a member of DSNSG since 1993. Sandy is married to Michael who was also a serving member in the Australian Army. Sandy is a mother to four boys with varying special needs. Sandy has been a local coordinator on a couple of occasions for the Darling Downs area. She is a volunteer for her local RSL Sub Branch, a Life Member of Qld RSL and is also a volunteer Wildlife Carer, and does rescue wildlife work for the RSPCA. Sandy has been on the National Committee since December 2013 and has been a great asset to the National Committee.

Shannon Winkler

National Assistant Coordinator

Karen Dobbin
National Treasurer

Emma Duyzer

National Communications and Membership Officer

Coordinator Team


Local Coordinators
The Defence Special Needs Support Group is privileged to have a dedicated and enthusiastic Coordinator Team.
The Coordinator Team is comprised of all local DSNSG Coordinators. Members of the Coordinator Team, like the National Committee, are all volunteers.

Adelaide and Woodside – Samantha Jones

Amberley – Currently Vacant

Albury/Wodonga – Kylie Bonner

Brisbane  – Diana Simpson

Cairns – Vacant

Canberra North – Carol Johnstone

Canberra South – Margaret Maher

Darling Downs – Staci Foot

Darwin – Kate Batty

Liverpool – Vacant

Macarthur/Campbelltown – Vacant

Melbourne  North– Vacant

Melbourne West – Caroline Robertson

Mornington – Marina Talbot

Nowra – Juanita Visser

Perth – Amanda Hope

Puckapunyal – Maryann Carr

Richmond – Chelsea Young

Sale – Rebecca Cant

Sydney North – Vacant

Sydney South– Mara Bean

Tindal – Melissa Snell

Townsville North –  Cherie Davis

Townsville South –  Helen Taylor

Wagga Wagga –  Melissa Pike

Williamtown – Laurie Coleman

Please click this link to view National Committee and Local Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities

Defence Special Needs Support Group National Conference dinner at the Pavilion, Canberra.

Defence Special Needs Support Group National Conference dinner at the Pavilion, Canberra.