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Aaron Dick

AARON (CHARLIE) DICK

Board Member at Forum for Broome Men’s Outreach Service

Awarded a BankWest Foundation / Governance Institute scholarship for a Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits, 2015


What sort of work does your organisation do?

Men’s Outreach Service, Broome offers a range of services to enhance men’s social and emotional wellbeing. Services include a re-entry program for Kimberley prisoners, assistance with money management, day programs for highly disadvantaged Aboriginal people, assistance with job services Australia access.

Describe a typical day's work.

My main role is with the Nulungu Research Institute where I am the Research Coordinator assisting researchers and University of Notre Dame Australia Research Office meet university requirements for the correct practice of research as it applies to the Kimberley region of WA.

At Men's Outreach Service, I undertake the various roles as a board member including provision of strategic advice, policy development, financial management and project/program review.

What are some of the key learnings from the Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits?

The main learnings for me were:

  1. The role of the secretary is crucial to the successful operations of all NFP organisations
  2. Compliance with NFPRC regulations is an ongoing issue that is ever-changing and depends on the type of organisation you work with
  3. Board members and staff all play a role in being responsible for improving organisational performance.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

Our organisation is experiencing rapid change and needs to be continually focused on achieving effective and efficient outcomes for our clients. Risk management and improving our organisation’s performance have driven the board to seek experienced members with expertise in finance and the intricacies of Government operations. The board has also seen fit to up-skill its current board members. I was fortunate that my board members saw it fit for me to attend this course. I have become more aware of my role and its ability to make change within my organisation. I have been able to impart a better informed perspective to our meetings and feel more confident in dealings with other board members and stakeholders.

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

I have worked for NFP organisations since 1986 and have been on various boards at local, state and National level. Because of my links with local Aboriginal communities I feel it is important to contribute at the policy development and strategic planning levels and being on the organisations boards is the most effective and appropriate way to do that.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

The main issue facing NFP sector is being able to improve funding issues and board performance. The NFP sector lacks continued funding, is reliant on government policy, and is constantly worried about their existence in the future because of lack of security. Board strengths are often challenged by the need to balance local community knowledge and expertise with government is required to be professional on any level.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I have lived and worked in the Wheat-belt, Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA as well as the Northern Territory.


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"I have been able to impart a better informed perspective to our meetings and feel more confident in dealings with other board members and stakeholders."


ABOUT AARON:

Aaron is currently working on a number of committees at both state and local level. He is on the Telethon Institute FASD reference group and Chair of the Kimberley Training Institute Aboriginal Education Employment and Training Committee amongst other committee roles in the community.

In 2016, ASF awarded Aaron a scholarship to complete the Governance Institute's Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits, as part of the Bankwest Foundation Community Leaders Scholarship Program.

ABOUT MEN'S OUTREACH:

Annual revenue / size:

Medium - $250,000 - $5m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Education and Research

Operating in:

WA