Trish Stephens

2015 Trish StephensTrish has a B.A. (Social Science) T.P.T.C. and a special interest in the disability sector.
Trish was a Primary, Secondary and Specialist teacher for 37 years, including 8 years as an Integration teacher at Colac College and a period at the Colac Specialist School. After retiring from teaching, Trish co-ordinated the Simpson Community Centre (adult community education provider) for 4.5 years, and tutored in Aged Care (Cert III) and Integration Support.
Trish was an active member of the Centre West Branch - Australian Avicultural Society and editor of its newsletter. She is a keen photographer, specialising in birds.


Mary Carew

2015 Mary CarewMary has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), Deakin University and a Special Resource teaching certificate; she taught for around 32 years before retiring. Since Mary retired she has become more involved in the family's cattle breeding enterprise. Mary also enjoys travelling to the outback and teaching outback children through VISE (Volunteer for Isolated Students Education).

In addition to this she volunteers as a visitor for Hesse Rural Health Services, is a member of VIEW (Voice/Interest/Education of Woman), she volunteers to teach English to Refugees and finally is a member of U3A (University of the Third Age). 



John Scarrott

2015 John ScarrottJohn is a qualified accountant and is registered with ASCPA, he has a Bachelor of Health and a Bachelor of Business. He was a Health Service Administrator and is currently employed as Consultant in health related fields.

John is a member of Rotary Club of Colac West (past president) and a member of Colac & District Football Umpires Association (past president).





David Schram

2015 David SchramDavid worked for PMG/Telstra from administration to technical installations for 32 years, before completing 7 years with Leisure Networks as the Access for all Abilities coordinator for Colac.

David is in his 21st year on the Executive of the Colac Sportsman's Club raising funds for junior sports people. David has also received life memberships in 4 sporting organisations. For the past 6 years he has been working part time in weed and vermin control in the family business and trying to retire and travel.




Geoff Wallace

2015 Geoff WallaceGeoff is a Professional National Accountant member of the National Institute of Accountants, and has recently retired from Colac Area Health as the Finance Manager. Geoff is the longest serving member of the CODA Board, dedicating in excess of 25 years to the organisation. He is also a keen golfer, and enjoys travelling throughout Australia.






Bruce Edwards

2015 Bruce EdwardsBruce started his working career in 1964. Since that time he has worked for the Victorian Public Service, the Water Commission, Colanda Centre, and finally as a Regional manager of Administrative Services with DHS before he retired in 2000.

His involvement in the community includes being Secretary of the Aradale Tennis Club and Social Club, Secretary/Treasurer and Press Correspondent of the Ararat Primary School.

During his time in Colac, he has been a councillor at the Colac East Primary School, Treasurer of the Pirron Yallock Tennis Association, is currently Secretary of the Elliminyt tennis Club and President of the Colac Rock 'n' Roll Club.


Michael Chapman

2015 Michael ChapmanMichael joined the CODA Inc board in 1995.









George Roberts

2015 George RobertsHenry George Roberts O.A.M. was elected to the CODA board in 2003.  He is a qualified carpenter, former Building Inspector and worked in the building industry for 30 years.

George is an involved Grandfather who is  also interested in Pony Club and Football.

He is an active volunteer across the Colac district involved with many local organisations including Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and the Colac Recreation Reserve. George is also a Court Networker in Colac and Geelong and is also a registered Justice of the Peace.


Margaret Carter

2015 Marg CarterHas been a member of the board since 2013.











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