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.

Henrik Ehlers AM JP

Ambassador

Henrik joined the DSNSG in March 2018 after completing over 36 years in the Permanent Air Force. His RAAF service was primarily in the fields of logistics and personnel, having spent the later part in senior personnel roles. His last position was as Director General Personnel - Air Force. He remains an active Reservist, working mainly on projects for Air Force Headquarters. Henrik has had extensive connection with DSNSG and, when he ‘retired’ from full time work, he wanted to contribute to DSNSG in a meaningful way. As our Ambassador, his role is two-fold: to mentor and support the National Executive Committee and act as our advocate across senior levels of Government, Defence and supporting Industry. Henrik is married to Katrina, an Active Reservist RAAF Personnel Capabiliy Officer. Their interests include good wine and food, reading (fiction and non-fiction), science fiction shows, travel and Macy - their beloved Cocker Spaniel.

Kim Collins JP (Qualified)

General Manager

Kim Collins is the General Manager of the Defence Special Needs Support Group. Kim was the previous CEO and National Coordinator for DSNSG for 4 years, previously the Memberships and Communication Officer in 2012.

Due to this interest and a background in nursing and defence, Kim became the Volunteer  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. Cert IV in Mental Health.  Diploma of Business and Governance. Kim is also JP (Qualified).

Kim has 5 children and one child with special needs who is a sensational kid with ADHD/ASD/ADD and learning and intellectually difficulties and much more, 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.

 

Claire Macfarlane-Rowles

National Coordinator

Hi I’m Claire, Canberra Coordinator and Assistant National Coordinator.I’m a Mum to 4 children, with my youngest recognised special needs in the form of ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Autism.I’ve have been a Defence spouse for over 10 years. As such I’m aware of the challenges faced by families on a daily basis. I look forward to assisting families not only in my local area but also nationwide.

Cherie Davis

National Assistant Coordinator

Diana Simpson

National Assistant Coordinator

Melissa Snell

National Treasurer

     Nicole Gourley

       National Memberships and Communication 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 – Kristina Rawlinson

Amberley – Kerry Moretti

Albury/Wodonga – Vacant

Brisbane – Delia Kennedy

Cairns – Karrie Blanche

Canberra  – Claire MacFarlane Rowles

Darling Downs – Vacant

Darwin – Marina Talbot

Liverpool – Vacant

Melbourne North – Vacant

Melbourne West – Vacant

Mornington – Vacant

Nowra – Vacant

Perth  North– Vacant

Perth South - Vacant

Puckapunyal – Kirstie Young

Richmond – Vacant

Sale – Vacant

Sydney North – Vacant

Sydney South – Vacant

Tindal – Vacant

Townsville  – Cherie Davis

Wagga Wagga – Georgia Rignall

Williamtown – Rose Erba