Please see below our exciting news on changes to the ACA Qld Committee and office team.
A note from former President, Jae Fraser
It is with mixed emotions that I advise of my resignation from the President’s position of ACA Qld. I took over the President’s position over two and a half years ago and during this time our CEO Gwynn Bridge announced her retirement from the role; I have actively worked as hard as possible in encompassing both roles and hope I have served members all over Queensland as required. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the role, advocating on behalf of all of you in hundreds of meetings with both State and Federal Government, attending lobby days in Canberra and sitting on many sector networking groups on your behalf.
Working with the group of volunteers that are your ACA Qld committee has been so rewarding and I have enjoyed every moment. I have been heavily involved in the succession plan beyond my presidency and I am confident that ACA Qld will continue to grow and prosper, ensuring that we are providing the very best service for our members across Queensland.
I have been in an Executive role with ACA Qld for over eight years now and recently have had some significant growth in my own business, which now requires more of my time and energy. I will remain on the committee and continue to work on and support the association as I am extremely passionate about the sector and ACA Qld.
I would like to thank each of our volunteer committee members, our incredible office team for their support and all of you (our members) for your support over the years. See you all at the conference!
A note from Acting President, Majella Fitzsimmons
It is with great warmth that I introduce myself as the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland Acting President.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have worked in childcare for nearly 25 years and have seen many changes over this time. What hasn’t changed is the passion and drive I have for this industry. Starting as an assistant, I worked my way through my Diploma and many many years later, the dream became a reality and I am now a proud Approved Provider.
I have been on ACA Qld’s committee since 2012 and have learnt so much. I have been inspired by other committee members and their dedication in their volunteer roles on the committee. I have seen the fight and determination that this committee has put in to ensure members receive the most they can with ACA Qld. As an employee, I always treated any childcare centres I worked at like I owned them and can understand concerns raised with red tape, changes to legislation and the impact this has on our industry. Now as a part owner of a childcare centre, I think it is important to put my hand up and work in the President's role on the ACA Qld Committee to ensure the concerns of our members are heard and that the optimal outcomes happen for our industry.
Big congratulations to Brent on his appointment to the role as General Manager - I know from many committee meetings that Brent has, and will continue to have, the best interest of ACA Qld foremost in his mind when making decisions as our GM and is more than suitably equipped for this position.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Jae for his leadership, drive and passion he has instilled during his time as ACA Qld president. He has worked tirelessly and I am very grateful he is still on the committee to offer support, so thank you Jae. I believe I have big shoes to fill and I thank the committee for allowing me this opportunity to be Acting President until the next Annual General Meeting.
I look forward to working with you, the ACA Qld office team and the rest of the ACA Qld committee to comprehensively represent our members and their concerns. I hope to meet you all in the very near future or at our conference in June.
A note from new General Manager, Brent Stokes
It is with such excitement that I join the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland office team in the position of General Manager.
When I joined the childcare industry in 2006, owning and operating a family run long day care service, I never envisaged that I would join the committee in 2009 and later hold the position of Vice President. During this time, I have worked closely with some amazing individuals on the committee, our associate members and most importantly you, our members. When both the General Manager and CEO positions were vacated in 2015, I had an idea of the workload the President would be under, however like you, as an approved provider running multiple centres and also as a volunteer, I could only assist so much.
Last August we sold our centres after my fiancée and I had a beautiful baby girl Sloane. This gave me my first ever break from the workforce and allowed me time to reflect on what I may do next. At the time, it never crossed my mind that ACA Qld would reengage the position of General Manager similar to our counterparts in other States around Australia. After a grueling recruitment process I was so excited to receive the confirmation that I was successful in obtaining this position. Finally, I can devote the necessary time to assist further, to get the job done.
I understand your concerns and know what is required from your committee and I am confident that I will be able to work with them, our office team and most importantly you, our members, to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcomes for our sector.
I look forward to speaking with you over the coming months, at members meetings and obviously the conference.