2020 AMRRIC AGM in Darwin

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Farewelling Peter Stephenson and Courtney Falls.

The AMRRIC board and staff recently joined together on Saturday 31st October for the Annual General Meeting and strategic board meeting. This year has provided the chance for many of us to reflect on change, and for us on this day it was interesting to realise that at the same time last year we had all been together in Darwin for the same meetings, including collaborating with AIAM on a national conference, presenting our own NT local government workshops, and stakeholder engagement events!
While this year’s AGM activities were limited to virtually hosted meetings and a small representation of staff, board and members in the Darwin office, we still packed the day full of meaningful discussion and strategizing. We also launched our new Annual Report. 
This year, AMRRIC farewelled Peter Stephenson, a long-serving board member of twelve years. Fellow board member and Chair Kate noted of Peter, “his calm, steady, insightful leadership has been greatly valued and enabled the organisation to mature in governance and direction, and his longstanding commitment to Indigenous matters and education is well known”. The AMRRIC family thanks Peter for his commitment to the organisation and wishes him well, knowing there will be many opportunities to keep in touch in the future!
We also farewelled our superstar Education Officer, Courtney Falls who finished up with the team as she and her partner explore a new opportunity together taking them away from Darwin. Courtney has been with the team for over four years and has been the familiar and effervescent face of our education programs in remote communities and schools across the country during her time. The team will miss her positivity and true love and respect for education and two way learning.
It was not all goodbyes though, with a warm welcome to new board member, Joanne Abraham from WA. Joanne will also be sitting on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group for AMRRIC. Look out for an upcoming post as we will feature Joanne and give you a chance to read more about her background and interest in joining AMRRIC’s governance team!
As you know, there have been a few new faces added to the team over the last year, and the team – of both staff, board and advisory group – are looking forward to a big year in 2021 and as usual – we can’t wait to share the journey with you!
Frances Grant
Author: Frances Grant