David Alexander

David’s background is in water resources engineering having commenced his working career with the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission in 1972.  In 1994 he established Alexander-Tomlinson Pty Ltd, an Information Technology consulting company that specialises in planning and designing geospatial systems and applications for Governments and the private sector. He has worked across a wide variety of fields including natural resource management, defence, land administration and the health sector. Since joining Rotary in 1992, David has served as President of the Rotary Club of Manningham (2005/06) and Governor of District 9810 in 2010/11. In 2007, he received a Menzies Community Australia Day Award in recognition of his contribution to the community in the Federal Electorate of Menzies. 

He is a founding Director of Rotary District 9810 Project Funds Limited and Rotary Charitable Services which has been established to fund Rotary projects for the relief of suffering, isolation and distress in the community. He is currently the Director of International Service for District 9810 and also a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisors to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Focus Area of The Rotary Foundation.  He also serves as a Volunteer at the National Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground and is a former member of the Donvale Cricket Club.

David has been a member of the Manningham Inclusive Community Housing (MICH) Committee for 3 years providing a link between the 4 Rotary service clubs operating in the Manningham community and the MICH Committee.

Lionel Allemand OAM

Lionel has been a resident of Doncaster/Donvale areas for the past 41 years and is married with 10 children.  Lionel served as a police officer for over 39 years and was stationed in the Metropolitan and Country areas, on secondment to the Police Association and spent a total of 22 years in the Criminal Investigation Branch. A Councillor and Mayor of the City of Doncaster and Templestowe and the City of Manningham. (1990- 2002) Lionel still serves on the Committees of Manningham Recreation Association, Manningham Promoting Character, Donvale Cricket Club and MICH. A Life Member of the Police Association, Fitzroy Past Players and Officials Association and former Director and Chairman of BankVic for 26 years Lionel is still a very community minded person.

In 2018, Lionel received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the Manningham community and local government.

Daryl Brown

Daryl Brown has been in the finance industry all his working life and is CEO of the Accounting firm Brown Hamilton Partners in Donvale. He is a CPA and is a specialist in small business development.

His two daughters are partners in the firm both well qualified in accounting and taxation and one having legal qualifications as well.

Daryl is a Director of two local branches of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank with a role as Council Liaison Chair, past President of the Rotary Club of Manningham and is coordinator of a free music program for 75 mainly disadvantaged children from three low socio economic primary schools.

He is very community minded and heavily involved in Church activities. He has been known to hit a tennis ball, play real football, blow a trumpet and tinkle the ivories.

He is semi-retired but likes to maintain an interest in the development of small business.

Ray Cranwell

Ray Cranwell has lived in Manningham for 23 years with his wife Jill and has 3 adult daughters. He has been involved in the disability field for more than 30 years, as Chief Executive Officer of Disability Services provider Alkira in Box Hill for 21 years and Manager at Connect GV in Shepparton for 10 years. He was a committee member of the Victorian peak body, the Council of Intellectual Disabilities Association (now National Disability Services) and president of the Victorian Disability Administrators Association. He has also participated on Government and industry working parties and advisory committees.

As part of his role at Alkira, he initiated and oversaw the redevelopment of a congregate care residential facility enabling people to move into smaller housing options and developed support options for people with intellectual disabilities who are ageing, which delayed the process of them moving into aged care services. He also promoted developmental programs which created opportunities for people with disabilities to gain employment and volunteer opportunities in their community. In 2005 Ray was awarded a CIDA Distinguished Service Award.

Gail Dick

Employment:

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Bulleen Heights Specialist School 
  • Heatherwood Special School (Leading Teacher)
  • Casual work at Swinburne TAFE in Work Education    
  • Casual at NMIT  TAFE in Work Education

Current Community Engagement:

  • Doncaster All-Abilities Basketball (DAAB) founder and committee member. In 2017, Gail received the Premier's Volunteer Champion Award for impact with the DAAB. Gail was instrumental in building a sustainable all-abilities basketball competition from scratch that now caters for over 250 players. 
  • Member of Manningham Recreation and Leisure Network (for people with disabilities) 
  • On ALKIRA Services and Outcomes Committee  (ATSS)
  • Member of Manningham Inclusive Housing Committee for people with disabilities.

Ian Holowko

Ian's family are long term residents of Templestowe. Ian is the father of a young adult son born with Down Syndrome. Ian's background has been in Primary Education, both as teacher and Principal (including Templestowe P.S.) and Silver Smithing. He worked with the MIE-Special Olympics committee, over a number of years to establish and manage the Eastern Speed basketball team, Current commitments include: working as a member of the MICH team; photography; teaching jewellery making; and transitioning his son into a home of his own. In 2017, Ian was a proud recipient of the Premier's Volunteer Champion Award
for leadership.

Anita O’Brien

Anita is married to Allan and they have two sons and 2 grandchildren.  Her younger son has a disability and she has been committed to enabling him to have a life that is meaningful and provides a vision for him to have valued roles that reflect his interests and desires.  She has also been working for him to have a home of his own with the supports he needs, and this has recently been achieved. 

Anita is passionate about assisting people with a disability to become valued and contributing members of their community and has been a strong advocate, supporter and writer for many years. She has contributed as a member of the Access and Equity Committee of the Manningham City Council.  In her professional life she was employed as a program manager, trainer and administrator. 

For the last ten years she has been a member of the family governed initiative ‘Living Distinctive Lives’ (LDL), which is a small family governed arrangement focused on supporting individuals with a disability to create a meaningful lifestyle typical of other members of the community. LDL assists each person, with the support of their allies, to imagine where they would like to live, with whom and how they can be supported to live in their own place, with a range of informal and formal supports based on individual preferences. A key element is the vision for all people to live connected to and intertwined with the social fabric of the community.  

Anita has been very pleased to have been involved as a Committee Member of Manningham Inclusive Community Housing, MICH Inc, from its inception in 2012.  She believes from her own experience how important it is that adults with an intellectual disability are given the opportunity of long term sustainable accommodation within their existing community, where they already have connection and find a sense of belonging as they live, work and play.

Grant Purdy

Grant has lived in Manningham since he and his family moved to Australia over 20 years ago. His professional background is in helping organisations achieve their purpose by enhancing the ways they gain sufficient certainty when they make decisions. This involves mentoring, training and giving advice, predominantly to senior managers and boards.

Now, as he transitions into retirement, Grant is seeking to use his skills and experience to help those who are less able in the community. This builds upon the support he and his wife, Jan, have given to MICH since its inception.

Grant has always admired the determination of MICH to make a profound difference for those with an intellectual disability who wish to live as an integral part of the community. He is therefore delighted and honoured to now be part of the MICH committee, so that he can contribute more.

Grant is also a director of a company providing employment opportunities for students and Chair of Council for Medley Hall, one of the University of Melbourne Colleges. He also provides support on a pro bono basis for a number of other not-for-profit organisations.

Franco Scalzo

Clinical Psychologist
I am inspired by the determination and efforts of young adults with an ID, and passionate about the importance of community connection for well-being. I have been involved with MICH since it commenced. MICH is committed to helping Manningham resolve this community issue with world class accommodation and transition to living away from home projects that project contributors, participants, and Manningham can be proud of.

Rev B Grant Stewart

Grant is currently the Senior Pastor of East Doncaster Baptist Church in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, a position he accepted in June 2012. Grant has had a wide range of pastoral experience extending over more than thirty years in New Zealand, USA and for the past seventeen years in Australia. He served for eleven years at Mitcham Baptist leading them through some major transitional change and then spent four years from 2008-2012 serving as a Regional Minister for the Baptist Union of Churches here in Victoria.  He has an active interest in sport and other community activities including sailing, Sea Kayaking and cycling; has completed more than thirty marathons and two Ironman’s and more recently has competed at an international level in Masters Athletics.  Grant is a qualified Spiritual Director and led the Wellspring Board for a number of years, has trained in Church Consultancy and is a long-serving Sports Chaplain with the Melbourne Storm NRL team.  He is married to Catherine, who works as an office administrator, and they have three adult children, two beautiful grandchildren and two adopted greyhounds!

Carolyn Vimpani OAM

Carolyn is married to Stan and has three children and eight grandchildren.  She 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. In Manningham she is currently a member of: the Manningham Uniting Church; the steering committee for the MASK school holiday program; the Manningham Access and Equity Committee; the Secretary of Rights, Employment, Accommodation and Leisure Inc. (REAL); 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.