Defence Family Matters : December 2015
DFMDecember2015 27 FROM OUR OUTGOING SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND NATIONAL DELEGATE — CAETLIN WATCH: After four years on the DFA team as the National Delegate for the Southern Queensland region, it has finally come time for me to stand down and join my husband on posting to Townsville. During my time with DFA our family has definitely experienced the unique nature of this military lifestyle. We have experienced two deployments, a posting to a new town, new schools and daycares, finding new friends, and a countless number of courses and bush trips with long periods of time away leaving me to hold up the home front. We have managed to cram this all into the last four years. What a whirlwind life we ADF families all lead! As a spouse of a serving member, I have experienced many of the issues and frustrations that ADF families can have, as have my fellow DFA colleagues. This has enabled the DFA team to have a sound understanding and empathy for the circumstances of our fellow families. It has been an absolute pleasure to represent the Southern Queensland region and I am proud of the work DFA does at both a regional and national level to advocate for families.n NATIONAL DELEGATES ACT AND SOUTHERN NSW Amy Nerio email@example.com www.facebook.com/DFAACTSouthernNSW CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NSW Toni Purton firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/DFACentralNorthernNSW NORTHERN QUEENSLAND Sharon Stratton email@example.com www.facebook.com/DFANorthernQueensland SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/SouthernQueensland WESTERN AUSTRALIA Kirsten Kerrisk email@example.com www.facebook.com/DFAWesternAustralia SOUTH AUSTRALIA Melissa Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/DFASouthAustralia VICTORIA AND TASMANIA Gabrielle Sasse email@example.com www.facebook.com/DFAVictoriaTasmania NORTHERN TERRITORY AND KIMBERLEY Alison Penny firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/DFANorthernTerritory Delegates from around the country met at the DFA conference — Front from left to right: Sharon Stratton, Toni Purton, Robyn Ritchie, The Hon. Stuart Robert MP, CDF Air Vice Marshall Mark Binskin, Gitte Binskin, Gabrielle Sasse, Caetlin Watch. Back row from left to right: Melissa Hughes, Catherine Morris, Maree Sirois, Amy Nerio, Kirsten Kerrisk, Alison Penny.