Dear Members and Supporters
I am pleased to be able to share with you some of the recent changes at Dementia Alliance International (DAI), and to introduce you to our new Board.
DAI will always be an organisation led by people with dementia and will continue to operate under the philosophy of nothing about us without us.
At our AGM in July, there was agreement to include Directors who do not have dementia on the Board. To ensure that we are staying true to our purpose and mission, the Board will always have a majority of people who are DAI members (who have dementia), and the Chair of the Board will always be a DAI member and have the deciding vote. We have spent our energy and significant time since then seeking persons for the new board who have nominated and been elected as co-opted board members, to represent us in terms of country representation, and skills. DAI has also contracted two people on a part time basis, to provide strategic direction, and administrative support to DAI and the board.
I am very pleased to announce our new Board which is made up of individuals with expertise in law, fundraising, advocacy, research, governance and lived experience. Our new Board includes Alister Robertson (Chair), Bill Yeates (Deputy Chair), Trish Bowen (Treasurer), Kate Swaffer, Linda Brewster, Janine Whited, Jaqueline Wong, and Gary Johnson.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank all previous members of the DAI Board for all of their contributions over the years.
DAI will continue to work closely with members and key stakeholders to develop and strengthen our organisation and to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members. In 2023 we will be working on a new Strategic Plan for DAI and we look forward to engaging with all of you on our future directions.
Alister Robertson (Chair) on behalf of the DAI Board