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First Living Life My Way ambassadors and champions announced

25 March 2013

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has announced the first round of Living Life My Way (LLMW) Ambassadors and Champions, who will help raise community awareness about disability reform in NSW.

"This is an extraordinary group of people, who have truly inspiring stories to share with others," Mr Constance said.

"All 19 have first-hand experience of living with disability, and they all share the common desire to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of others.

"Today is another important stepping stone towards making NSW ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under Stronger Together 2, NSW is in a strong position to influence the national design of the NDIS.

"I know the community is excited about this long-awaited disability reform, but there is also some uncertainty. Our Ambassadors and Champions will be able to share their stories in how they have managed their supports and thrived under a person-centred disability system."

The six Ambassadors are:

  • Lori Grovenor, from the Hunter region
  • Gretta Serov, from northern Sydney
  • Rebecca Donatiello, from southern Sydney
  • Tracy Barrell, from northern NSW
  • Katherine Ingwersen from western NSW
  • Junee Waites, from southern NSW

The 13 Champions are:

  • Melanie Schlaeger and Leigh Creighton, from the Hunter
  • Quang Nguyen, Amanda Nolan and Sylvana Mahmic from southern Sydney
  • Carolyn Campbell-McLean and Wendy Potter, from northern Sydney
  • Milena Morrow and Cheryl Gardner from northern NSW
  • Shane Lipari and Jan Gouma from Western NSW
  • Lisa Ashford-Potter and Meg Sweeney from southern NSW

"Future rounds of the Ambassador and Champions program will extend the reach of the NSW Government's efforts to as many people with disability, their families and carers as possible in NSW," Mr Constance said.

"In particular we will undertake targeted strategies to recruit people from Aboriginal communities, remote parts of NSW and other geographic areas under-represented in the first round."

The next selection round for Ambassadors and Champions will be advertised this month. The information pack and application form will be available on this website.

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