Introducing our 150 Year Commemoration Ambassadors

Major General Simone Wilkie AM

Major General (MAJGEN) Simone Wilkie is one of the most senior women in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). MAJGEN Wilkie is currently the Commander, Australian Defence College. She chairs the Australian Defence Sports Council and is patron of the Australian Defence Force Women’s Football Association and the ADF Hockey Association.

“I grew up in Ballarat and still have links to the city, so I know the great work that CAFS does in the Central Highlands region. I look forward to my close association with CAFS.”

Steve Moneghetti AM

Steve Moneghetti is a four time Commonwealth Games medallist, winning the complete set of marathon medals culminating in gold in 1994 in Canada. His final elite marathon was at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Steve was Mayor of the 2006 Commonwealth Games Village and Chef de Mission of the Australian Commonwealth Games teams in both New Delhi and Glasgow. In 2014 Steve was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes.’

“I congratulate CAFS on what it does for the community and I am delighted to be an Honorary Ambassador for CAFS in 2015.”

Ted Lovett

Ted Lovett is an Indigenous Australian and former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League. Ted played two games for Fitzroy in the 1963 VFL season on a permit. He finished the year back at North Ballarat and won the first of two Henderson Medals, the other coming in 1965. He played the 1964 season with Fitzroy before returning to North Ballarat in 1965.

Ted is a Founding member of Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC). He is a recipient of Centenary Medal for Services to the Ballarat Aboriginal Community and is a former ATSIC Regional Councillor.

The Hon. Catherine King MP

Catherine King is the current Federal Member for Ballarat, a seat she has held since she was first elected to Parliament in 2001.

“As a former employee I have a special and ongoing interest in Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS).

I have watched CAFS grow and diversify over the years to become a major regional employer. Significantly, I understand the importance of and the need for the services CAFS provides. I have observed CAFS becoming a leader in a great range of services including early childhood parenting, family violence prevention, financial counselling, gamblers help and Family Services. I admire the fact that CAFS has had a continuous role in the care of children since 1865.

I congratulate CAFS on 150 years of operations and I am honoured to be an Honorary Ambassador.”

Dr Sam Henson

Dr Henson is Head of Campus (Ballarat) Federation University Australia. He has a vast array of experience locally and internationally from construction in Far North Queensland and China to commodity trading in parts of Asia and the UK. Dr Henson joined the former School of Business at the University of Ballarat in 1996 and helped design and develop the internationalisation efforts that have become such an important part of Federation University Australia’s profile today.

“Federation University Australia and Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS) has had a long association together, particularly, in support of practical placements and in developing the future workforce of community welfare.”

Frank Golding

Frank Golding is an author, researcher and consultant. He has special interests in child & family welfare, institutions, education, social history, social justice and human rights. Frank holds the following qualifications TPTC (Ballarat), BA (Melb), BEd (Melb), Dip MT (UNE), MA (Hons) (London).

“As a past resident of the Ballarat Orphanage from 1943 to 1953, I appreciated the invitation from Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS) to be an Honorary Ambassador for CAFS commemoration of 150 years of operations.”

Deborah Findlay

Deborah Findlay was a former resident of the Ballarat Orphanage and is currently working as Heritage Assistant with CAFS in the Heritage Centre.

“As I work for CAFS in the provision of services to past residents, I know the benefits of CAFS Heritage Services and reunions. I was delighted to be approached to be an Honorary Ambassador for Child & Family Services commemorating 150 years of providing services to the Ballarat community and surrounding areas.”

Ian Crook

Ian Crook is a former President of the Board at Child and Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS).

“CAFS is an enduring illustration of much that is good about the human spirit – caring about children and families and actually doing something constructive in response to those cares.

The diversity of CAFS’ programs today is a far cry from the visions of the founders and those who followed them in the first five decades of the old orphanage. And I for one, am very proud and pleased to do what I can to support CAFS in this milestone 150th year.”

Tim Bunning CPA

Tim has had a professional association with Child & Family Services Ballarat Inc. (CAFS) for around 20 years as an Accountant and Auditor. Tim has more than 40 years of experience in audit and other areas of public practice, including 6 years spent with major accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. More recently Tim worked at PPT in Ballarat.

“I am very impressed that CAFS has achieved ISO Accreditation. CAFS is owned by the community, governed by the community and exists for the community. I congratulate CAFS on its 150 years of operations and I am honoured to be an Honorary Ambassador.”