Meet the Board

PRESIDENT

Pam Heiermann, ASM

Pam is a volunteer at Sorell double branch in Southern Tasmania and has been a VAO since 2009. Pam came onto the Board in 2020 and was previously the Coordinator, Volunteer Strategy for Ambulance Tasmania in 2019. Pam was awarded an Ambulance Service Medal in 2021. 

In 2020/21, Pam is on the Constitution, Code of Conduct, Liaising with State Politicians, IT including website refresh, Social Media, VAOAT Future Direction Planning, Apparel & Merchandise, Gathering G22 and Promotional Videos sub-committees.

Vice president

Jane Green

Jane is a volunteer and Unit Coordinator at Campbell Town Branch Station outside of Launceston. Jane has been a VAO since 2008. Jane was elected to Board in 2018.

For 2020/21 Jane is the Convenor of the Constitution sub-committee and also on the Code of Conduct sub-committee.

secretary

Helen Jenkinson

Helen is a volunteer and Unit Coordinator at Queenstown Branch Station on the West Coast of Tasmania. Helen has been a VAO since 2010. Helen was elected on to the Board in 2018. Helen is also the Public Officer of the Association.

For 2020/21, Helen is the Convenor of the IT including website refresh, the Social Media and Code of Conduct sub-committees. Helen is also on the Constitution, Gathering G21 and VAOAT membership sub-committees.

treasurer

Margaret Chilcott

Margaret is a volunteer and Unit Coordinator at Poatina Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Margaret has been a VAO since 2012. Margaret was elected to the Board in 2019.

For 2020/21, Margaret is on the VAOAT Future Directions, Gathering G21 and VAOAT membership sub-committees.

Board Member

Wayne Doran, ASM

Wayne is Volunteer Coordinator at Bothwell Volunteer Station. Wayne has been a VAO since 1993. Wayne is a past President, an inaugural member (1996) and a Life Member of the Association. Wayne was a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal in 2009 and was a key organiser of the New Norfolk Gathering in 2014. Wayne won the Volunteering Tasmania Emergency Services Volunteer Award in 2021.

For 2020/21, Wayne is the Convenor of the Liaising with State Politicians and VAOAT historical sub-committees and is also on the Constitution, Code of Conduct, Gathering G21 and 25th Anniversary sub-committees.

Board Member

Cheryl Wilson, ASM

Cheryl is a volunteer at Sorell double branch Station. Cheryl has been a VAO since 1994. Cheryl is a past Vice-President and inaugural member (1996) of the Association. Cheryl was the recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal in 2010. Cheryl was a key organiser of the Nubeena Gathering in 2013.

In 2020/21, Cheryl is the Convenor of the 25th Anniversary sub-committee and is also on the Liaising with State Politicians, VAOAT Historical, Gathering G21 and Gathering G22 sub-committees.

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Lorraine Gardiner, ASM

Lorraine is a volunteer at Beaconsfield Branch Station outside of Launceston in the Tamer region. Lorraine has been a VAO since 1988. Lorraine was the organiser of the 2019 Gathering at Gridelwald. Lorraine is an inaugeral member (1996) of the Association and was given Life Membership in 2020. Lorraine was the recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal in 2020.

For 2020/21, Lorraine is on the VAOAT Future Direction Planning and 25th Anniversary sub-committees.

Board Member

Jack Van Tatenhove

Jack is a volunteer with the Port Sorell Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He has been a VAO since 2006. Jack is both a past President and past Treasurer of the Association. He was key organiser of the Camp Banksia Gathering in 2009, Camp Clayton Gathering in 2012, Scamander Gathering 2018.

For 2020/21, Jack is Convenor of the Gathering G21, Promotional Videos and VAOAT Future Direction Planning. Jack is also on the VAOAT membership, VAOAT historical and 25th Anniversary sub-committees.

Board Member

Tony Jasper

Tony is a volunteer at St Helens Branch Station on the East Coast of Tasmania. Tony has been a VAO since 2011. Tony was elected on to the Board in 2018.

In 2020/21, Tony is the Convenor of the VAOAT Membership sub-committee and is also on the Liaising with State Politicians sub-committee.

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Joe Bodis

Joe is a volunteer at Georgetown Branch Station in Northern Tasmania. Joe has been a VAO since 1998. Joe was elected to the Board in 2020.

In 2020/21, Joe is on the Constitution, Code of Conduct and VAOAT Future Direction Planning sub-committees.

Board Member

Colin Partridge

Colin is a volunteer at Sorell double branch Station in Southern Tasmania. Colin has been a VAO since 1998. Colin was elected to the Board in 2020.

In 2020/21, Colin is the Convenor of the Gathering G22 sub-committee and is also on the IT including website refresh, Social Media and Apparel & Merchandise sub-committees.

Board Member

Mel Langiano

Mel is a volunteer at Sorell double branch Station in Southern Tasmania. Mel has been a VAO since 2019. Mel was elected to the Board in 2020.

In 2020/21, Mel is the Convenor of the Apparel & Merchandise sub-committee and also on the IT including Website and Social Media sub-committees.

ASSISTING THE BOARD

MARGARET DENNIS, ASM

Margaret has retired as a Volunteer Ambulance Officer but continues to provide a support role to the Association through publishing the ‘First Response’ newsletter on a quarterly basis since 1996. Margaret was a volunteer at Rossarden and then Avoca Volunteer Station from 1989 until 2013. She is a past Secretary 1996-2006 and past Treasurer 2007-2009 and is an inaugural/founding member (1996) and a Life Member of the Association.

Joint Statement on Promoting a Positive Workplace Culture

In 2014, the VAOAT were the first signatories on the Joint Statement promoting Positive Workplace Culture.

This Joint Statement was with Ambulance Tasmania and the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU).

Our Vision

Improved representation and support for Volunteer Ambulance Officers in Tasmania, to maximise patient care outcomes.

Our Mission

We will support all Volunteer Ambulance Officers (VAOs) and provide for their well being through advocating, representation, communication, support and event management:

Advocating
on VAO's behalf to Ambulance Tasmania and Government
Representing
VAOs to the Community, through public relations and communication
Providing
VAOs with effective internal and external communication channels
Supporting
Ambulance Tasmania in the recruitment & induction of VAOS
Managing
VAO Gatherings and Events
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2021 - Our Goals to support the Vision and Mission are:

VAOAT Communication

  • Redesign the VAOAT webpage
  • Continue developing Facebook as a communication tool
  • Maximise opportunity to attend Volunteer Induction Programs
  • Develop VAOAT Promotional Video
  • Support First Response newsletter
  • Assist VAOs understand AT decisions
  • Recognise individual volunteer achievements
  • Develop Statement of Inclusion &  Equality

VAOAT Social & Promotions

  • Deliver G21 in a COVID-safe manner
  • Promote VAOAT through 25th anniversary celebration
  • Prepare planning for G22
  • Search for G23 Station host
  • Reinvigorate VAOAT apparel including street wear
  • Investigate other merchandise
  • Maximise free training opportunities for volunteers

VAOAT Governance

  • Manage the strategic development process
  • Maintain and grow membership numbers
  • Review and strengthen VAOAT Constitution
  • Redevelop Board Code of Conduct
  • Refresh the VAOAT Association Policies
  • Obtain and maintain sufficient and sustainable funding
  • Engage community groups as potential source of funding

VAOAT Focus

  • Grow the strength in the AT/VAOAT relationship
  • Seek representation on AT committees constantly
  • Manage political independence and awareness of VAOAT
  • Improve relationships with professional bodies
  • Investigate regularly the potential to establish Inter-State VAO Association
  • Explore other Association opportunities