CFN is governed by a Board of voluntary non-executive directors who bring a vast amount of knowledge and expertise, defining the strategic direction of the organization and offering support and guidance to the Leadership Team.
CFN understand that effective governance is a prerequisite for a resilient and successful organization.
Our current directors are:
Rachel Drew has worked in the disability sector for over 36 years in roles spanning across Senior Management and Directorship, as well as grass roots supports to those with disability.
Rachel now runs her own businesses in disability consultancy and direct services. She is passionate about human rights, best practice and honouring the natural authority families and their loved ones have over their lives.
Rachel has a strong vision of a good life and applies this vision to support good governance and practices, implementation of the NDIS principles and standards and interpretation of these principles to ensure best outcomes for those with disability. She is also a self professed true crime nerd and dog lover!
Ms. Deborah Fisher (BFA Hons, MFA)
Discipline Leader Fashion, University of the Sunshine Coast
I’m very honoured to be a part of the CFN Governance Board. It fits with my values on many levels. Firstly, it is a strong, vibrant community serving the needs of those in the Caboolture region, a place I’ve called home since I was 4 years old. Secondly, it is an organisation that is client focused, and I really care about that, it means that the clients are treated with dignity, respect and have a voice in their day to day activities. This is very important to me. Thirdly, CFN is doing things a bit differently, approaching disability service with an innovative view to serving the needs of the sector. And finally, I get to work amongst a really inspiring group of people who are like-minded in a not-for -profit environment.
My own experience as a parent of a person with a disability helps me navigate some of the issues that CFN faces and keep it real, focusing on outcomes and not just slogans and sayings…Can’t get better than that!
After half a century on the planet, it feels like I’ve crammed at least five lifetimes into one. It’s a beautiful thing to finally reside near a place I’ve adored since I was young, when leisurely summer holidays on the Sunshine Coast were anticipated with great longing. It is so gratifying to glimpse the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains as I drive around my suburb. That view still takes my breath away!
Having worked in Aged Care and as a Disability Support Worker, it was nevertheless a surprise to have two daughters born with a rare genetic condition. I have three children, including a son, who has successfully left the nest. His eldest sister will be living in supported accommodation soon. My youngest daughter is an artist who inspires me daily to learn how to work and play consistently and joyfully without being precious. Twenty-five years of being a Carer has taught me a great deal about life, grief and staying power. The generous support of family, friends and people working in the disability sector has sustained us. I owe them everything.
Some long-term passions that have kept me sane are art, music, photography, books and reading. I have attained a B.A. in Fine Arts and Visual Culture from Curtin University. An abiding interest in matters of ‘home’, memory, contemporary still life, memento mori “Remember, you must die” and mysticism fuels my work and life. I am deeply interested in end of life education and care. Despite this, if I had a life motto, it would possibly be: ‘Too many books is never enough!’ I admire people who are quietly self-possessed, adaptable, not averse to confronting matters of the human shadow, and who strive to live whole-heartedly.