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Link Vision: Our story

Link Vision, originally named Aid for the Blind, was founded in 1968 by Reverend Elsie Dodd and her husband Gordon Dodd to help people with Low and No vision lead more independent lives. Elsie still has a very active interest in the charity she established so many years ago.

Their mission then was simple, to improve working conditions and provide affordable self-contained living accommodation.

Over the past 50 years, this mission has gone from strength to strength thanks to the support of many and our outlook for the next 50 years looks brighter than ever.

About Link Vision

This video was filmed at our accommodation complex in Fairfield, our warehouse at Kedron, our Geebung Op Shop, and at Mt Gravatt State School. Many of the people in the video have Low or No Vision. We are very grateful to all those who gave their time and made it possible – our residents, staff, volunteers, board members, education mentors, Mt Gravatt State School, our beautiful student and her parents, and of course, our film maker Adam, who gave up so much of his time.

Meet Our People

CEO/Secretary

Terry has been CEO since 2012 and prior to that was a Management Committee member. He has extensive senior management experience in Transport, Materials Handling and Logistics sectors throughout Australia. He has also successfully operated his own PR business, his specialty being Business Building. He has previously been involved with Rotary International and Ronald McDonald Charities. Amongst other qualifications, Terry has a Diploma in Advanced Management. Terry is also Vice Chairman of NACRO (National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations), and serves as Treasurer of the Queensland White Cane Committee.

Operations Manager

Tracy has over 25 years of retail experience and is responsible for Link Vision’s Retail and Wholesale sales, including management of our “Op Shops” and warehouse operation.

Tracy is also responsible for the overall management of Link Vision in the absence of the CEO. She has been with Link Vision for 10 years, and during that time developed a very successful export business, the proceeds from which fund the Computer Club. There have been 3 generations of Tracy’s family, all very dedicated to Link Vision’s Mission.

Office Mascot

Harry brings with him many years of experience and dedication. Aside from excelling at his job he also offers great companionship and is always happy to greet new visitors.

Meet Our Committee

President

Bob is the current President and has been a member of the Management Committee since 2014.

He is an Executive Manager with over 35 years’ experience with senior executive roles in Australian Corporates.

Bob has held roles as CEO, Company Secretary, and General Manager in the Commercial and Not for Profit sectors. He has worked extensively across the banking and financial services industry delivering profit and operational improvements. His qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration and Executive Diploma of Marketing and a CPA.

Ordinary Committee Member

Bill has been a committee member since 2009. He has many qualifications including a BA Hons (history), Master of Arts, Master of Literary Studies and a Doctorate in Memory and Oral History.

Bill taught school for many years and along the way has had a host of sporting achievements including representing Australia in veteran’s tennis, New Zealand in squash, Brisbane in basketball and Canada in cricket. He has also coached all these sports, plus many more. Bill regularly reads at Queensland Narrating Service and radio 4RPH and is also a resident at Link Vision.

Ordinary Committee Member

Raissa Martin is an Education Mentor for Link Vision and has been associated with the organisation for the past five years and has been a Management Committee Member since 2017.

Her background is in business and finance, having studied a Bachelor of Business (Major – Accounting), with experience in the Financial Planning sector. She is an active member of the sporting community (both playing and coaching), while also a member of the Goalball Queensland Board.

Raissa is a passionate Goalball athlete, having represented her state and country on numerous occasions, including the Rio Paralympic Games. She also enjoys hiking, rock climbing and live music.

Vice President

Luke has extensive experience from 20 years of owning and managing successful businesses in both consultancy and retail. He was Director of an IT and consultancy business for 13 years.

He currently owns and is Managing Director of a retail watch sales and repair business with four locations in Brisbane and Sydney. With annual revenue growth of 20% per annum for the last 7 years, Luke has been focused on developing and growing the business to become Australia’s largest retailer of new and vintage watches. He manages a staff of over 30 and oversees all financial advisory, accounting, marketing, administrative and HR functions.

Luke has successfully navigated challenges with low vision and forging a successful business career. He has a deep understanding of the challenges facing people with low or no vision.

Ordinary Committee Member

Stuart is a resident of Link Vision Fairfield complex and has been a Management Committee Member since 2016.

During the early part of his career Stuart had extensive experience as a senior manager in the Insurance industry in both New Zealand and Australia.

He has also spent a significant period as a small business owner during which time he set and worked within a budget, managed cash flow, customer service, and promoted the value of the team.

Stuart also worked for a time in Vietnam, and it was here he had a serious accident which led to him losing his sight.

Ordinary Committee Member

Annie has worked as General Manager in the not for profit sector for both national and state-based organisations. During her contract with Guide Dogs Queensland, she had the privilege of interacting directly with people living with low or no vision who helped her understand what was needed as support.

Annie previously had senior roles with Coles Supermarkets, Flight Centre, and time in financial services. She also started up the Organ & Tissue Authority to help increase the Australian rates of organ donation. This diverse experience has given her a very strong business and governance background and an ability to work across all sectors with all types of people.

She would be delighted to have the opportunity to offer her skills and business experience as a member of the Management Committee.

Treasurer

Licia joined the Management Committee in 2016 and is the current Treasurer.

She has worked in both Public and Private sectors for both large and small organisations in several industries including manufacturing and mining. She also has prior experience as Treasurer with a Not for Profit.

Licia believes to succeed in any business venture, it is important to understand the financial data and to be able to analyse the data to proactively manage the business.

Licia has a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is a registered Tax Agent.

She has also been very active in contributing to Link Vision events.

Ordinary Committee Member

Matthew combines his studies in Business Management (Economics) with employment with the Tri Helix Group.

He has been involved in a successful Futures study in Santiago (Chile) for Anglo American.

Matthew has worked on projects involving Risk, Asset Management, Innovation studies, Procedure Mapping and Strategic Planning for some of Australia’s most prestigious companies.

In addition, Matthew was an integral part of Link Vision’s very successful 50th Birthday celebrations. He has also volunteered for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Australian Electoral Commission. He describes himself as high performance, presentable, passionate and driven person who has experience working well in a team environment.

Ordinary Committee Member

Aaron is a resident of Link Vision Fairfield complex and has been a Management Committee Member since 2016.

Aaron has had a successful career as a Database engineer/administrator and network infrastructure engineer. He is currently a Director of EPIC Employment.

Aaron has been employed as a mentor in the Computer Club for a couple of years, a time in which the Club has experienced massive growth, in no small way due to his efforts.

Aaron currently is undertaking studies in Education to enhance his personal skills in social work and counselling.

Ordinary Committee Member

David has been a member of the Management Committee since 2014.

He is a Board Director, Executive and Project Director with over 25 years’ experience working with senior leaders in global & national companies to deliver profit and organisational improvements.

He is a Company Director on Boards in the Commercial and Not for Profit sectors. David is Director with the Project Management Institute Qld (PMIQ) and commercial firms. He works with businesses providing advice in strategy, start up, growth and capital raises. David has worked with global consulting companies and delivered company-wide initiatives across multi-sectors in Health, Disability, Aged Care, Government, Financial Services, Mining, Oil & Gas, Utilities and Transport.

Ordinary Committee Member

Yogesh has been a Committee member since 2011.

He is Financial Controller of a steel supply company in Brisbane and was Treasurer of Link Vision for 3 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with double majors in Accounting and Economics and Diploma in Accounting. He also holds a Certificate IV in Occupational Health Safety in Australia.

Yogesh has over 20 years’ expertise in the Banking sector in Customer Service, Finance and Planning, Risk Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology, Audit and Compliance, Process implementation and documentation and Workplace Health and Safety.

Yogesh is heavily involved in community work and also supports various soccer clubs and religious organisations.

Meet Our Patron

Ray Hadley OAM

Ray Hadley works tirelessly to bring his listeners an informative and entertaining Morning Show from Monday to Friday. He has rated number one in Sydney since 2004, and is now heard every weekday morning on 4BC in Brisbane and dozens of network stations right across Australia. On Saturdays, during the NRL season, his Continuous Call Team remains unbeaten since 1992, and has continued to dominate the ratings since joining 2GB in 2002.

Ray has won 31 Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), recognising everything from his sports presenting skills – including NRL Grand Finals and the Olympics to his ongoing success commenting on news and current affairs to a national audience. In 2017 he was inducted to the ACRA Hall of Fame. Ray is the most awarded broadcaster in the history of the ACRAs.

Ray has been an advocate for Link Vision for several years lending his support and offering invaluable exposure for the organisation. He is known for his generousity and we are proud to have him as our Patron. 

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