Committee of Management Members 2019-2020
- Chairperson/President: Rosa Miot
- Vice President: Ann Serong
- Secretary: Carolyn Vimpani
- Treasurer: Stan Vimpani
- Committee Member: Trudi Edmeades
- Committee Member: Bronwyn Scott
- Committee Member: Karen Stremski
When Karen’s son left school several years ago, he needed an organisation to provide an opportunity to socialise and maintain contact with his peers. REAL provides the much-needed contact as well as interesting activities and experiences to grow in knowledge and skills. It is for this reason that she felt the need to support the REAL Committee of Management. Karen worked in Early Intervention at EPIC and Kalparrin before retirement, where she has since been volunteering with the Special Olympics Melbourne Inner East.
Ann joined the committee after her daughter had been attending the program for two years. Several of her daughter’s friends attended REAL and they encouraged her to come along. She has developed excellent friendships with many fellow members, and loves the weekly gatherings and activities, particularly if they involve sport and fitness. Ann is keen to make a contribution towards the ongoing viability of REAL in any way she can because she has seen firsthand the value of the program in the local community. Ann has been involved with various disability groups over the years – she also had a disabled son who died in 2002 – and therefore brings a wealth of experience to the committee. Ann feels happy that she is able to contribute in the areas of planning and hospitality and always enjoys gathering with all the members of REAL and their families at our various functions.
Carolyn has had a long-term commitment to the provision of affordable housing in Manningham. She has been part of many strategic reviews of Council and State Government documents to ensure the needs of people with disabilities and their families are recognised. A former teacher, she has an interest in lifestyle inclusion for people with disabilities, in all aspects of a person’s life. She is a member of the Inclusive Education Alliance, as well as involved in the Manningham Uniting Church, the MASK school holiday program, the Manningham Access and Equity Committee, the Manningham Mental Health Working Group and the Leisure and Recreation Network. Carolyn also enjoys writing poetry and has edited two collections of poems on the theme of dementia.
In 2018, Carolyn received an Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to the Manningham community in the area of disability. Carolyn is married to Stan and has three children and eight grandchildren.
Stan has played an important role in the committee as Treasurer for 15 years. The finances have become increasingly complex, especially with the introduction of the NDIS, but Stan’s history and experience as a financial manager has kept him in good stead! He is also an essential part of the weekly program, both as a driver and a volunteer. Stan enjoys being with the members and seeing the development of their friendships, independence, confidence and skills. REAL has operated out of many different venues over the last 25 years, but Stan is pleased that now REAL at last has found a ‘home’ at Templestowe Memorial Hall. Stan is married to Carolyn and they share the fun of having 8 grandchildren. A keen sportsperson he plays social badminton when there is opportunity and he is also a volunteer with Doncare.
Trudi came to know REAL when she was asked to teach a fitness class, which turned into a regular fixture on the REAL calendar. It also re-connected her to members of REAL that had been attending the local gym where Trudi, a qualified fitness instructor, had worked with them years earlier. Trudi comes with extensive knowledge and experience in not-for-profit administration and marketing, and now runs the Colour My World program. She is motivated by the desire to see everyone become their best selves, not limited by disability or circumstance or opportunity.