Margaret Fisk OAM
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
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)
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.
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.
Assistant National Coordinator
Assistant National Coordinator
National Memberships and Communication Officer
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 – Katie Harrigan
Amberley – Kerry Moretti
Albury/Wodonga – Nicolette Matthysen
Brisbane – Vacant
Cairns – Karrie Blanche
Canberra – Claire Macfarlane Rowles
Darling Downs – Vacant
Darwin – Marina Talbot
Liverpool – Vacant
Melbourne North – Stacey Johnston
Melbourne West – Vacant
Mornington – Vacant
Nowra – Vacant
Perth North– Vacant
Perth South - Vacant
Puckapunyal – Vacant
Richmond – Vacant
Sale – Vacant
Sydney North – Vacant
Sydney South – Cheree Lewis
Tindal – Vacant
Townsville – Cherie Davis
Wagga Wagga – Georgia Rignall
Williamtown – Rose Erba