About Life Choice

Learn about how we started, our Board, Participant Advisory Committee & Leadership Group; and why we are the leading local NDIS Provider.

About Life Choice Wide Bay Burnett

Life Choice has been a trusted advocate for community inclusion, respect and valuing of people with a disability on the Fraser Coast since 1996. Our aim is to assist our participants in the pursuit of their life choices, either in their own home or the community, to enable greater quality of life experiences.

Our individual lifestyle plans and increasing range of support services ensures we meet the changing needs of

participants, new and existing, and their families. Through support services including in home assistance, accommodation support early childhood early intervention, allied health and everyday life skill development our 100+ staff provide positive, and rewarding experiences in line with the life choices of each of our participants.

History

On the 13th June 1994, a public meeting was held to discuss a community access service for people with disabilities. The organisation would be for the Maryborough/Wide Bay area. After it was established during the meeting that there was a need for this type of service, a management committee of interested people was formed. Initially the organisation was established to provide Community Access Service, however over the years has expanded to include In Home Support, Accommodation Support and Everyday Learning Opportunities (group support).

Upon commencement the organisation was originally funded through the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care, this has transitioned over the years to the current funding being provided by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, which will be transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the 1st July 2018.

In 2015, the Town and County Community Options Inc. was approached by Hervey Bay Community Access Association Inc for a possible amalgamation, the Board of Managements of both organisations agreed to the amalgamation to ensure the continuity of supports for participants and the security of employment for majority of employees.

 

The amalgamation was approved and commenced from the 1st October 2015, which meant Town and Country Community Options Inc doubled in size (revenue, participants and employees) overnight.

In 2016 the Board of Management determined the most suitable governance structure for the organisation moving forward was to transition to a Company Limited by Guarantee. Approval was granted by ASIC on the 31st August 2016 and the new Board of Directors were appointed at the first Annual General Meeting.

During 2017 the Directors were completing a Strategic Planning Day where it was made clear to them that the organisations name could better reflect the services provided. On the 1st July 2017, the Board of Directors implemented a trading name to the organisation where Town and Country Community Options Limited trading as Life Choice Wide Bay Burnett became the full legal name, however the organisation will be known as Life Choice locally.

The Board and Participant Advisory Committee

Board of Directors

Life Choice is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is therefore governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of seven Directors who are either parents of people with disabilities, people with disabilities or other interested parties.

  • Darrel Richter – Chair
  • Donna Midgley – D/Chair
  • Les Braddy
  • Adam Kerr
  • Bruce Taylor
  • Beverly Carruthers
  • John Levis
  • Adam Kerr – Chair
  • Brent Moy
  • James Hamilton
  • Bailey Kapernick

Participant Advisory Committee

The Life Choice Participant Advisory Committee has a membership of participants who meet monthly to represent the ideas, views and suggestions of the wider group of people supported by Life Choice. The Chair of the PAC reports directly to the Board of Directors each month.

Leadership Group

Evan Munroe

Evan Munroe

Chief Executive Officer

Holly Butler

Holly Butler

Deputy CEO & Company Secretary

Sheree Pedisic

Sheree Pedisic

Rosters and Finance Manager