COTA Victoria Board member Lynette Moore is retiring from her governance role after 11 years passionately devoted to supporting older people to live their best lives.
A long-time advocate, Lynette Moore brought experience from her 30-year career in aged care and disability services to her role at COTA Victoria, seeking to instil in the organisation her appreciation of the importance of information, education and empowerment.
Lynette said it was wonderful and satisfying to continue to exercise those skills and passions with COTA, including re-writing the constitution, working on the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) committee, being on CEO selection panels and being deputy president.
She counts her top joys as:
- gaining insight into the views of older people
- seeing COTA Victoria strengthen its position of influence with the Victorian Government, which flows on to benefit older people
- seeing elder abuse recognised as a type of family violence in the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2015.
‘There is so much opportunity for the organisation. The challenge has always been around prioritising and what is the best use of COTA’s diverse resources,’ Lynette said.
Lynette said she has felt privileged to share responsibility for the valuable work of the organisation with ‘extraordinary’ people: staff, volunteers and other board members.
‘Everyone gives so much, and COTA could not achieve what it does without that commitment. It’s very humbling to see that, to work alongside that and be inspired by that shared effort and expertise,’ she said.
As for her future, Lynette is also a volunteer at CERES Community Environment Park and will stay involved with COTA Victoria, but she looks forward to spending more time with her family, including partner Jeff and her grandchildren. Lynette will also spend more time on her strength and fitness, having lost some capacity during the pandemic lockdowns – a familiar issue for many older Victorians.
Lynette will be very missed by her Board colleagues, staff and volunteers at COTA, who will no doubt entice her back into the work we do.
In the meantime, COTA Victoria is now looking for a suitably skilled individual to represent the interests and rights of older people as a member of the organisation’s Board of Directors in a voluntary capacity.
For more information on the application process go to Board recruitment.